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The influences by international and national climate change policies on city strategies to provide infrastructure systems

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Oliver Heidrich


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Globally, efforts are underway to reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to climate change impacts at the local level. However, there is a poor understanding of the relationship between urban plans on climate change and the relevant policies at national and European level (Reckien et al., 2014). We assess the influence climate change policies and supporting networks can have on the city strategy and quantify policy efforts across 200 European cities (Heidrich et al., 2016). In this presentation we demonstrate the influence that international and national climate change policies can have on local plans to introduce infrastructure systems. Specifically we address: 1. How are climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts incorporated into national policies and city strategies or plans, and 2. What are the influences of national climate change policies on local strategies to introduce infrastructure systems that help adaptation and mitigation efforts? We show that policies and guidelines from international as well as national levels can be effective in enhancing local capacity for adaptation and mitigation planning. However the mere existence of international or national climate policies is no guarantee for local plans and action. Thus we argue that urban climate change mitigation and adaptation implementation strategies require a context-oriented and systems-based approach and suggest that European, national and regional governments need to provide sufficient capacity and resources to enable cities to plan, respond and act to the challenges and opportunities that climate change will likely bring. References Heidrich, O., et al (2016) 'National climate policies across Europe and their impacts on cities strategies', Journal of Environmental Management, 168, pp. 36-45. Reckien D, et al (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 Letters, 122 (1-2), pp. 331-340.

Publication metadata

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

Editor(s): Kropp, J; Rysbki, 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

Sponsor(s): EU FP7 - RAMSES