Ranking local climate policy: assessing the mitigation and adaptation activities of 104 German cities

Otto, A., Kern, K., Haupt, W., Eckersley, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-9048-8529 and Thieken, A., 2021. Ranking local climate policy: assessing the mitigation and adaptation activities of 104 German cities. Climatic Change, 167 (1-2): 5. ISSN 0165-0009

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Climate mitigation and climate adaptation are crucial tasks for urban areas and can involve synergies as well as trade-offs. However, few studies have examined how mitigation and adaptation efforts relate to each other in a large number of differently sized cities, and therefore we know little about whether forerunners in mitigation are also leading in adaptation or if cities tend to focus on just one policy field. This article develops an internationally applicable approach to rank cities on climate policy that incorporates multiple indicators related to (1) local commitments on mitigation and adaptation, (2) urban mitigation and adaptation plans and (3) climate adaptation and mitigation ambitions. We apply this method to rank 104 differently sized German cities and identify six clusters: climate policy leaders, climate adaptation leaders, climate mitigation leaders, climate policy followers, climate policy latecomers and climate policy laggards. The article seeks explanations for particular cities’ positions and shows that coping with climate change in a balanced way on a high level depends on structural factors, in particular city size, the pathways of local climate policies since the 1990s and funding programmes for both climate mitigation and adaptation.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Climatic Change
Creators: Otto, A., Kern, K., Haupt, W., Eckersley, P. and Thieken, A.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 7 July 2021
Volume: 167
Number: 1-2
ISSN: 0165-0009
Rights: © the author(s) 2021. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 07 Jul 2021 13:09
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2021 11:21
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43354

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