ConPolicy Newsletter 2021 - 2

Dear Reader,


In today's issue ConPolicy informs you about: 

We wish you an exciting read!

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Your ConPolicy team

  News about ConPolicy

Project "Development of a sufficiency strategy for the transport sector and its successful communication" on behalf of the German Federal Environment Agency
ConPolicy is involved in the UBA project "Sufficiency in the Transport Sector"

The transport sector plays a major role in achieving sustainability and climate protection goals. For climate targets to be met, a rapid and comprehensive transformation of transport demand is essential. Increasingly, the question arises as to what role sufficiency strategies can play in changing transport demand. So far, this is still unclear, and sufficiency strategies are of little importance in transport policy. 

Against this background, DLR and ConPolicy were commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency to carry out the project "Sufficiency in Transport". The aim of this project is to explore the potential for sufficiency strategies in the transport sector and to develop ways to successfully communicate sufficiency mobility habits. The project started in October 2020 and will be completed in February 2023. 

More information about the project can be found here.

New study for the European Commission
Using behavioral insights to simplify chemical labels

Product labels on chemical products such as detergents, paints, glues or disinfectants contain important information. At present, however, these labels are often overloaded with information and the information displayed is poorly understood by users.

As a result, this new study commissioned by the European Commission shall evaluate how chemical labels can be simplified and whether some information can be replaced by digital labeling solutions such as QR or barcodes.

ConPolicy supports project partner VVA in the implementation of this impact assessment study through a pan-European behavioral experiment and consumer survey. The aim is to use behavioral insights to find out how consumers understand and appreciate the labels of chemical products and how they can be improved.

The 15-month study includes additional research and data collection methods. In the end, VVA and ConPolicy will derive different policy options for changing the current legal framework and assess the likely ecological, social and economic effects.

Further information on the project can be found here.

Event in the context of the ConProTec_ted research project by ConPolicy and Fraunhofer IUK-Technology
Invitation to the virtual final event "Rethinking consumer protection digitally" on February 19, 2021

On February 19, 2021, ConPolicy and its project partner Fraunhofer IUK-Technologie will host the virtual final event of the ConProTec_ted project. The aim of the project was to explore the possibility to engage digital technologies for consumer protection and empowerment goals. 

After an introduction by State Secretary Prof. Dr. Christian Kastrop and a presentation of the central study results, members of the German Bundestag and actors from the fields of consumer protection and digitalization will discuss how digital technology can be successfully used in consumer protection and how a corresponding innovation process can be set in motion.

The conference will take place in Webex format on February 19, 2021, from 10:00 to 12:30. You can view the program here. We kindly ask you to register for the conference via this link until February 12, 2021.

  Consumer policy news

Consumer behavior
Majority of German consumers prefers alternative drive technologies

Today, the German Energy Agency (dena) presented the results of its study on the mobility transition in Germany. The results indicate that general... Read more

Website screening reveals greenwashing practices of companies

Together with the national consumer protection authorities, the European Commission published the results of its website screening ('sweep') to... Read more

Majority of German consumers is open to online banks

Today, the digital association Bitkom published its study report 'Digital Finance 2020 – The transformation of the financial industry in numbers'.... Read more

Consumer protection
All-time high of consumer complaints about unsolicited telephone advertising

Today, the German Federal Network Agency released details on consumer complaints in the telecommunications sector for 2020. These figures show that... Read more

Security aspects in online banking are becoming increasingly important to consumers

Today, the digital association Bitkom published the results of a representative survey on user behavior regarding online banking. Above all, safety is... Read more

  Recommended reading

German Federal Network Agency & Federal Cartel Office
Consumer metrics – Monitoring report 2020

The energy transition and the goal of climate protection continue to determine the development dynamics of electricity and gas markets in Germany.... Read more

You can log out, but you can never leave – How Amazon manipulates consumers to keep them subscribed to Amazon Prime

In this report, the authors of the Consumer Council of Norway Forbrukerrådet show how Amazon makes it unreasonably cumbersome to unsubscribe from the... Read more

Bauer, J. et al.
Nudging healthier food choices in a cafeteria setting: A sequential multi-intervention field study

Creating more health-fostering environments is high on the agenda of public and private actors. The behavioral approach to nudge people towards... Read more

Chibanguza, K. J., C. Kuß & H. Steege (Eds.)
Artificial Intelligence – Law and practice of automated and autonomous systems

This book demonstrates all the legal implications in the context of Artificial Intelligence and its preliminary stages of automated and autonomous... Read more

Reisch, L., C. Sunstein & M. Kaiser
Most people like nudges – And why that matters

This chapter reports the results of a nationally representative service in 14 countries, investigating the attitudes of people towards nudges... Read more

Heidbrink, L. & A. Gröppel-Klein (Eds.)
The dark sides of consumer behaviour – Old problems, new challenges

About 30 years ago, the metaphor of 'the dark sides of consumer behaviour' was introduced in consumer behaviour research. Consumers sometimes... Read more

Gandenberger, C.
Innovations for the Circular Economy – Current status and perspectives

The envisaged transformation towards a circular economy requires numerous innovations. The emergence of these innovations hinges on the performance of... Read more