|After two decades of international climate negotiations, it has become obvious that the international level may not be the major driver of change propelling processes downstream towards low carbon economies. Considerable innovative approaches to a climate friendly transition emerged in various countries worldwide from the bottom-up. Subnational states, cities and municipalities have taken up the issue of climate protection. Innovative governance approaches also emerged in multi-level governance structures, such as the European Union, often based on leadership of certain member states and cities. Wherever new forms of climate and environmental governance originate - bottom-up or top-down - they are likely to affect policy frameworks developed upstream or downstream. Moreover, new forms of climate governance may involve interaction among governments as well as nongovernmental actors and thus need to be researched through the multi-level governance lens.|
The project explores how and to what extent international public administrations (IPAs) interact with political and non-political actors of various levels during and in-between major international conferences.
The Indo-German Expert Group is an interdisciplinary working group of renowned experts from leading research institutions / political think tanks in India and Germany. It was set up in 2013 to enhance collaborative learning, contribute to informed decision-making in both countries and feed into the international debate on a green and inclusive economy.
since November 2013
The Environmental Policy Research Centre participates in a large joint project with major German institutes ”Establishment of a research platform for nuclear waste material: Interdisciplinary analysis and development of criteria for assessment”.
Aim of the sub-project is primarily the policy and social analysis of the development of a strategy for a nuclear waste storage solution in Germany under participation of relevant stakeholders.
The research network aims at improved understanding of multi-level climate governance in India and the European Union. It will analyze the interplay between the innovation capacity of local levels through to (supra)national levels of climate change and variability governance.
During international research workshops, we address the question whether and how federal states serve as experimental laboratories to climate governance in the areas of promotion of renewable energies, energy conservation and climate action planning.
The Environmental Policy Research Centre is involved in the Alliance with a comprehensive project from the political science perspective. The project will investigate new governance requirements for the electricity system restructuring.
The research project investigates how governments in these countries integrate existing climate policies both horizontally and vertically.
By appointment of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the consortium Adelphi Consult – FFU Berlin supports the intentions of the German Federal Government to found an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The project starts from the observation that in the European Union, a harmonized approach to environmental standards is still missing in a number of policy areas.
The GTZ-pilot project "Environmental Policy and the Promotion of Strategy Processes for Sustainable Development" (Rioplus) aimed at delivering policy advice regarding the development and implementation of sustainable development strategies.
The project examined cases of pioneering policies of nation states in the field of climate protection.
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Die Untersuchung zeigte, dass sich seit der Etablierung von Umweltpolitik als nationalstaatlichem Handlungsfeld bestimmte institutionelle oder instrumentelle Neuerungen einzelner Länder systematisch ausbreiten, d.h. von anderen Ländern übernommen werden.
Project manager: Dr. Klaus Jacob
Team Members: Anna-Lena Guske, Julia Teebken
Funding: European Commission (Horizon2020)
Project period: 01st of November 2018 to 31st of December 2021
Contact partner: Klaus Jacob
The European Union is a multi-dimensional, constantly changing player in global governance. Depending on the policy area, the EU has different levels of “actorness” and “powers”. The EU evolves by featuring different multi-level governance arrangements in different sectors and policy areas: In some cases, it speaks with one voice (e.g. energy regulation; data protection: e-communications regulation). In other circumstances, it joins global governance dialogues as an internally fragmented bloc (e.g. defence and security policy until recently). Likewise, in some cases it is able to negotiate as one single actor (e.g. climate), in other settings it appears as a weak observer, subordinated to the power and legitimacy of some of its most powerful Member States (e.g. United Nations). Most recently, the new EU Global Strategy has sought to strengthen the EU’s role even further by offering a coherent framework for advancing the EU’s agenda on several fronts, from security to climate and sustainability diplomacy.
Against this background, the TRIGGER project has the objective to provide EU institutions with knowledge and tools to enhance their actorness, effectiveness and influence in global governance.
To achieve this goal, it is the aim to develop new ways to harness the potential of public engagement and participatory foresight in complex governance decisions, thereby also tackling emerging trends such as nationalism, regionalism and protectionism. For this purpose, TRIGGER will create several tools such as the Atlas of Global Governance REGulation and Europe’s AcTORness (AGGREGATOR) modelling actorness and effectiveness and compiling an overview on recent global trends and trends in global governance, and Co-Creating the European Union (COCTEAU), which will contain new techniques such as AI-enabled sentiment analysis and innovative public engagement methods. In four “Deep Dives”, the project will explore the current state of EU actorness in the respective field, how it has evolved over time and how the EU may enhance its influence in these areas in the future using foresight methods.
All findings from the project will eventually be combined and merged in a toolkit, which will be dedicated to Public Engagement for Responsive and Shared EU Strategies (PERSEUS).