Creation and Adoption of Energy-related Innovations

One of the main goals of the “Energy Strategy 2050” is the exploitation of the existing energy efficiency potentials, whereas the size of the efficiency potential strongly depends on the development and the adoption of energy-related innovations. Consequently, it is the objective of this project to improve our knowledge about the drivers and potentials of both the adoption and creation of energy-saving and more generally energy-related innovation. Our study will be based on firm-level information. Firms are not only the main source of energy-related innovation, but they are also responsible for a considerable share of the total energy consumption, which is larger than that of households. Accordingly, a better understanding of the adoption and innovation mechanisms within firms is important in order to develop efficient policy measures.