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The project „Carbon Neutral Courier Services“ (CO2URIER), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Polish National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), aims to yield concrete sustainability improvements in the courier service industry. The CO2URIER project will approach this challenge by means of a comprehensive analysis based on state of the art techniques of environmental and economic impact evaluation. As a result, more environmentally-friendly services will be developed in collaboration with Polish and German partners. At the same time the project provide insights for future improvements within this growing sector.



The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) completed the first part of Work Package 3 “Offsetting carbon emissions and supporting measures” (WP3). The results are described in deliverable 3.1 “Experimental Design for the implementation of a CO2-compensation mechanism”. The aim of WP 3 is to develop a systematic approach for decreasing the environmental impact of CO2-emissions for small and medium-sized courier companies in Poland and Germany by developing and testing measures for carbon offsetting in cooperation with a courier service provider, who is also a project partner.

Deliverable 3.1 develops the research questions and the experimental design for a field experiment.  The field experiment will be implemented as a randomized controlled trial (RCT) at a later stage of this WP. The aim of the experiment will be to study different factors influencing customers to contribute to the public good (i.e. climate protection) and to identify effective methods to increase participation. The deliverable contains a brief overview of relevant economic literature dealing with RCTs in the context of carbon offsetting as well as behavioral studies concerning public good provision of firms and households. Based on the state of the literature, the basic idea for the experimental design is developed and hypotheses are formulated. The report further includes a detailed description of the implementation of the experiment as well as a description of how individual emissions produced per delivery can be calculated, which is especially relevant to the partners.

In the further process of WP3 the experiment will be conducted.


In August an op-ed contribution by Martin Kesternich (Deputy Head of the Department Environment and Resource Economics, Environmental Management at ZEW in Mannheim) and Martin Achtnicht (Postdoc researcher at Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development) on transport policies and electromobiles was published in ‚ZEIT‘: http://www.zeit.de/mobilitaet/2017-08/verkehrspolitik-diesel-skandal-fahrverbote-wahlkampf-technologie