Charlotte Halpern - Climate action plan's inventories: what do cities measure and how does it shape their priorities?

24. April | 10:00

The mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in urban areas is a keystone issue in mitigating global climate change. All urban mitigation efforts must begin and end with a careful measurement of GHG emissions by sector and area. In OECD or the more dynamic sections of the Global South, it has become a relevant tool at the service of climate change related policies, contributing to carving out specific perimeters of action. Focusing on the inventories carried out within local action plans by big global cities in Europe and SouthEast Asia, the CAPIn GHG project seeks to provide an assessment of the design and implementation strategies of policy makers in relation to a complex science-based instrument that has far reaching consequences in terms of accelerating vital city processes such as energy transitions, transport modernization and real-estate development. The variations observed and commonalities found should point to the limits of these policy transfers and the embedded nature of these instruments, that while aimed at reducing CO2 levels, may operate along other specific sectoral logics. In addition, the CAPin GHG project will contribute to current academic debates about persisting regional policy styles in mapping GHG emissions and addressing the climate emergency, while at the same time assessing standardizing dynamics resulting from the circulation of policy instruments and solutions through global policy communities and networks.


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