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Port economy

COMBINE – Strengthening combined transport in the Baltic Sea Region

By Melanie Mesloh, Jan-Niklas Müller, Jan Wedemeier, André Wolf

COMBINE project aims at enhancing the share of Combined Transport (CT) in the Baltic Sea Region to make transport more efficient and environmentally friendly since the share of this freight transport concept remains low in the Baltic Sea region due to spatial scattered transport and tradition of road transport. The HWWI has supported the practice partners with its expertise in data analysis and economic modelling, thereby providing a profound scientific basis for the project work.


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What role do ports play in achieving the climate goals?

By Dörte Nitt-Driesselmann, Jan Wedemeier

In order to be able to comply with international climate agreements, port facilities that provide the infrastructure for maritime activities must in future be operated more sustainably and with lower emissions.

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Raw materials

Strong price increases in the commodity markets

By Claudia Wellenreuther

The HWWI Commodity Price Index rose by an average of 8% in May. The rapid recovery of the global economy and particularly the strong upward trend of the Chinese economy are currently ensuring high demand for commodities.

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Urban development

CLEVER Cities annual assembly: rroject mid-term – review and outlook

By Melanie Mesloh, Marie-Christin Rische

At the end of May, the project partners of the EU-funded CLEVER Cities project met virtually to report on the events of the past year and to give an outlook on the activities of the upcoming second half of the project.

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Trade policy as an instrument for climate change mitigation?

By André Wolf

Can tariffs make a contribution to our climate goals? Are regional trade agreements the better solution? Hopes rest on the Biden administration.

HWWI Research Paper

The role of COVID-19 in spatial reorganization: some evidence from Germany

By Andree Ehlert, Jan Wedemeier, Tabea Zahlmann

This paper analyzes the role of regional demographic, socioeconomic and political factors on changes in mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Customer innovation

Digital methods, toolbox, and trainings for increasing customer innovation in SMEs

By Melanie Mesloh

The HWWI is a partner in the project "IClinSMEs" which focuses on application of digital methods for the implementation of consumer-based product or process innovations in SMEs.

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Smart specialisation

EU-INTERREG project "GoSmart & Excel BSR" successfully started

By Melanie Mesloh, Jan Wedemeier

The HWWI is proud to be project partner in the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region project "GoSmart & Excel BSR", which was officially launched in April 2021.


Circular economy

CIRCuIT and REPLACE team up to engage local stakeholders in Hamburg in an online debate

In March 2021, CIRCuIT partners and REPLACE, an EU-funded project focused on reducing energy consumption, joined forces to discuss circular economy progress in Hamburg and raise awareness of the benefits it can bring.