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Second Assessment of Local Climate Plans in European Cities –State and progress of adaptation and mitigation planning across EU‐28 urban areas

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Oliver Heidrich


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Urban areas are pivotal to global adaptation and mitigation efforts due to the amount of people, assets, and infrastructures (Rosenzweig et al. 2010, 2011; Hunt and Watkiss 2011) entailing concentrated risk and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But how do cities actually perform in terms of climate change response? In this session we shed light on the state of urban climate change adaptation and mitigation planning across EU-28 countries and cities. Based on the First Assessment of Climate Change Planning in 11 countries across Europe (see Reckien et al., 2014; Heidrich et al., 2016) this session presents new evidence from the Second Assessment of Climate Change Planning conducted on a much larger sample of cities across the EU-28 taking Europe’s Urban Audit (UA) Cities. The UA Cities are large- and medium-sized cities of regional representativeness. We assess whether the UA cities in the EU-28 do have a mitigation and adaptation plan, and analyse the plans for content using a common protocol. With that we do rely on self-report measures such as questionnaires and interviewing of city representatives, which might incorporate bias, but on a scientific analysis supported by administration-external researchers that have worked and are familiar with the language and respective urban and climate policies. The analysis is based on a representative analysis of local climate planning across the EU-28 to accurately determine the climate change response of European cities.Ref:Rosenzweig C, Solecki W, Hammer SA, Mehrotra S (2010) Cities lead the way in climate-change action. Nature 467(7318):909–911 Rosenzweig C, Solecki W, Hammer SA, Mehrotra S (2011) Climate change and cities: first assessment report of the urban climate change research network. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Hunt A, Watkiss P (2011) Climate change impacts and adaptation in cities: a review of the literature. Clim Chang 104(1):13–49. doi:10.1007/s10584-010-9975-6 Heidrich, O., Reckien, D., Olazabal, M., Foley, A., Salvia, M., de Gregorio Hurtado, S., . . . Dawson, R. J. (2016). National climate policies across Europe and their impacts on cities strategies. J Environ Manage, 168, 36-45. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.11.043 Reckien, D., Flacke, J., Dawson, R. J., Heidrich, O., Olazabal, M., Foley, A., . . . Pietrapertosa, F. (2014). Climate change response in Europe: what’s the reality? Analysis of adaptation and mitigation plans from 200 urban areas in 11 countries. Climatic Change, 122(1-2), 331-340. doi:10.1007/s10584-013-0989-8

Publication metadata

Author(s): Reckien D, Salvia M, Heidrich O, Church J

Editor(s): Kropp, J; Rybski, D;

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Cities and Climate Conference 2017

Year of Conference: 2017

Print publication date: 08/09/2017

Online publication date: 08/09/2017

Acceptance date: 05/05/2017