News vom 09.09.2016
Im September 2016 ist der 3. FFU-Report des Jahres erschienen. FU-Studentin Johanna Reinhardt hat ihn zum Thema “The Limits of Sustainable City Initiatives and the Necessity for a Multi-level Governance Approach to Climate Change Policy – A Case Study of Berlin” verfasst.
Cities present a unique challenge to climate governance, while they are a primary driver of climate change due totheirdisproportionatelyhigh levels of global energy consumption,they are also particularly vulnerable to its consequences. Recently, a trend has emerged of sustainable city initiatives that aim to develop urban climate policies on a local scale to allow the transition to a low carbon society. However, climate change transcends political and administrative borderswhich cannot be addressedthrough isolated climate policy. This suggests the need for a governance network that acts at multiple levels and integrates a variety of stakeholders as suggested by multi-level governance theory.
This thesis aims to identify the optimal design of amulti-level governance system to max-imize the chances for success of sustainable cities initiatives. The City of Berlin is used as a case study to examine the potential of itscurrent climate policy framework and its aim to become a leading city in climate action. Based on interviews with experts of the policy process, this analysis determines that an optimal multi-level governance system would re-quire effective dialogue between players at multiple levels, enhanced streamlining policy development and distributing democratic accountability with the national level as the central player.