Helpful studies, documents and policy papers.
“Erneuerbare Energien im Verkehr" - German Aerospace Centre (2015) - in German
This study by the German Aerospace Centre, commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Transportation and Digital Infrastructure, is a thorough 152-page report comparing and contrasting various fuels and propulsion technologies in different transport sectors, according to their sustainability and climate impact. It examines different scenarios of the transformation of the transport sector by 2050.
“Electromobility in Germany: Vision 2020 and beyond,” Germany Trade & Invest (2015) – In English
A clear and comprehensive overview of Germany’s electromobility policies and potential. It argues that for Germany to become the lead market and provider for electric mobility by 2020, new synergies must be created for manufacturers, suppliers and service providers along the value chain (design, R&D, manufacturing, assembly).
“Energiewende outlook: Transportation sector,” PriceWaterhouseCoopers (2015) – in English
A critical look at Germany’s failure to achieve emissions reductions by transforming the transportation sector. The report examines a number of ways to move forward and settles on one of them as the best.
“The impact of biofuels on transport and the environment,” European Parliament (2015) - in English
A detailed overview of biofuels production and consumption and related policies worldwide. It contains a comprehensive analysis and discussion of key aspects affecting the overall sustainability of biofuels. These include, in particular, their impact on agricultural markets, emissions from indirect land-use change, and greenhouse gas emissions.
„Umweltverträglicher Verkehr 2050," Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik (2015) - In German
The report argues that in order to achieve a transformation towards sustainability in the transport sector, a holistic strategy is needed. Transportation strategies have to be developed in coordination with land-use planning policy, economic policy, and all policy levels (federal, state, local). It offers examples of other European countries that have done so.
"Die neue Verkehrswelt. Mobilität im Zeichen des Überflusses," by Weert Canzler and Andreas Knie (2015) - In German
The study, by two of the foremost experts in the field, comes to the conclusion that by 2030 Germany could operate largely based on renewable energies. In other words: a post-fossil mobility is possible sooner than we think – if the right policies are pursued. Digital networking in a multi-modal transport sector could create the basis for reliable transportation and high mobility.
“Renewables in the transport sector: Which routes are open?,” Agency for Renewable Energies (2015) – In English
This short background paper examines existing barriers and opportunities for expanding renewables in the transport sector. It argues that solutions are at hand, in particular biofuels, but obstacles abound.