Environment and Resources

Project: Evaluating Germany’s Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Practice (Eval-MAP)

Ziele und Inhalte des Projekts

Kern des Eval-MAP Projektes ist die Etablierung des Sozial-Ökologischen-Panels (Green-SÖP), eines umfassenden energieökonomischen Paneldatensatzes zum Energieverbrauch der privaten Haushalte. Der Datensatz ist für die Forschung frei verfügbar, wird kontinuierlich erweitert und ermöglicht empirischen Studien zum Ernergieverbrauchs- und Anpassungsverhalten privater Haushalte.
Anhand dieser Daten verfolgt das Projekt zwei weitere Ziele:

Erstens werden unterschiedliche Maßnahmen zur Anpassung und  Emissionsvermeidung, wie z.B. der Kohleausstieg, in ihrer Akzeptanz und  Wirkung auf die privaten Haushalte untersucht und es werden – unter  Berücksichtigung ihrer politischen Umsetzbarkeit – Empfehlungen zur Verbesserung dieser Maßnahmen abgegeben.Zweitens werden die damit verbundenen sozialen Auswirkungen untersucht, etwa die Wahrnehmung über die Fairness der Verteilung der Kostenbelastung infolge von ambitioniertem Klimaschutz.


Dezember 2018 bis November 2021


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)


RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (consortium leader):
Prof. Dr. Manuel Frondel (project management)
Prof. Colin Vance (project management)

ZEW, Centre for European Economic Research:
Dr. Daniel Osberghaus

University of Potsdam, Institute of Environmental Sciences and Geography/Project group "Geography and natural risks research":
Prof. Dr. Annegret H. Thieken
Dr. Philip Bubeck

IÖR, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development
Dr. Martin Achtnicht


Further Information


Prof. Dr. Manuel Frondel

Hohenzollernstr. 1–3
45128 Essen, Germany
Phone: +49 (201) 8149-204

Prof. Colin Vance, Ph.D.

Hohenzollernstr. 1–3
45128 Essen, Germany
Phone: +49 (201) 8149-237

Work Packages

Work package 1 (WP 1): Survey Design

Working with forsa, an institute specializing in nationally representative household surveys, we conduct two surveys, each comprising about 6,000 randomly selected households. The surveys, with a focus either on adaptation or mitigation measures, are conceptualized to ex-tend those implemented under Eval-MAP I and will include a common set of core questions eliciting general data on, for example, socio-economic variables, energy consumption, and knowledge and perceptions of climate change. The data augments the existing panel data set and allows to track inter-temporal trends of, for instance, perceptions of climate change.

Work Package 2 (WP 2): Mitigation Policies

Along the lines of the European Union’s (EU) and Germany’s political goals we analyze vital mitigation policies that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase the use of renewable energies, or induce energy conservation.

Drawing on the first survey of 6,000 households, WP2 comprises three tasks that inform the analysis of alternative mitigation policies. The first task derives the willingness to pay WTP for a phase-out of coal use, the second the WTP for the promotion of renewable energy in electricity provision, and the third explores the potential of energy efficiency labels of cars to reduce fuel demand.

Work Package 3 (WP 3): Adaptation Policy and Measures

While households are seen as an important actor for adaptation processes, the progress report on Germany’s adaptation strategy reveals that there is too little reliable information about households’ capacities and adaptation measures. WP3 addresses this knowledge gap by drawing on data collected in the second survey among 6,000 German households to analyze the prevalence and determinants of adaptation behavior and how autonomous adaptation can be fostered by public policies. Basing upon relevant theories such as the Protection Motivation Theory, we particularly focus on storm and flood preparedness and response (insurance, technical and behavioral protection), as well as adjustment to high indoor temperatures.

Work Package 4 (WP 4): Project Management and Extraction of overarching Conclusions for a Country’s Mitigation and Adaptation Policy

Work package 4 covers project management and the integration of the results of the individual work packages.