Bild_SA2015_WebsiteGoverning climate change: A multi-level approach to energy system transformation

Greifswald | Berlin | Germany

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The Summer Academy 2015 brought experts from 28 different countries together to address the challenges posed by climate change from a multi-level policy and action perspective. Climate change is an undeniable fact and requires ambitious policy and coordinated interdisciplinary action, on both an international and a local level. Please click here for the full program of the Summer Academy 2015.

Around the world, governments are announcing ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gases, and record numbers have marched against climate change in the run-up to the 2014 climate talks in Lima. The climate movement has gathered unprecedented momentum, and the need for action on climate change has never been this widely recognized. But will this global need for action translate into result-driven, coherent policy? What are the driving forces for the international community to reach a consensus, and more importantly, what are the main obstacles? And in the absence of  an effective global framework, which opportunities for action are there on the national, regional and community level? When top-down approaches  fail,  to what extent can bottom-up approaches step in?

The Academy tried to answer these questions over 6 days, paying heed to the need for energy transformation that lies at the core of climate policy. The Academy took place in the city of Greifswald from Sunday 19 until Tuesday 21 July, and in Berlin from Tuesday afternoon until Friday 24 July. In Greifswald, the Academy opened with a reception and offer a full program of visits to the region‘s energy sites, like the decommissioned nuclear plant in Lubmin, and a tour of one of the largest wind energy farms in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In Berlin, the Academy continued with a series of expert conferences on climate change, the energy system transformation and international and local policy challenges.