Special Issue "Measuring the Impact of Public-Private Governance for Climate Change"

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A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2016)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Jack Barkenbus

Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment, USA
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Dear Colleagues,

By all accounts, the top-down governance approach to dealing with climate change (i.e. nation-states negotiating an international treaty) has been a failure to date.  This does not mean, however, that other forms of governance—involving public, private, and non-governmental actors—have been abandoned.  Indeed, what might be termed “bottom-up” governance to address climate change appears to be thriving.

While it is relatively easy to list and characterize the multitude of efforts now underway, it is imperative that we begin to assess their impact and effectiveness.  This special issue is devoted to highlighting articles that seek to measure the impact of individual or multiple governance initiatives, involving public, private, and non-governmental actors (and combinations thereof).  No a priori method for assessing effectiveness is implied.  If the claim, for example, is that we are establishing a societal norm through certain activities, questions must be asked, how do we know it and how do we measure it?  Are there ripple effects from individual initiatives that can be traced and measured?  Are the impacts from one sector, for example, transferring to another sector, and what are the mechanisms for such transfers?  Clearly, it is time to step back from the dazzle of burgeoning governance structures and begin to assess what they mean.

Dr. Jack Barkenbus
Guest Editor

Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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Keywords

  • climate governance
  • public-private governance
  • partnerships
  • civil regulation
  • transnational governance
  • collaborative governance
  • private governance
  • private sustainability governance
  • “bottom-up governance”
  • global carbon governance

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Open AccessArticle Initiatives towards Carbon Neutrality in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area
Climate 2016, 4(3), 36; doi:10.3390/cli4030036
Received: 5 April 2016 / Revised: 14 June 2016 / Accepted: 6 July 2016 / Published: 18 July 2016
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Carbon neutrality represents one climate strategy adopted by many cities, including the city of Helsinki and the Helsinki metropolitan area in Finland. This study examines initiatives adopted by the Helsinki metropolitan area aimed at reducing energy-related carbon emissions and achieving carbon neutrality through
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Carbon neutrality represents one climate strategy adopted by many cities, including the city of Helsinki and the Helsinki metropolitan area in Finland. This study examines initiatives adopted by the Helsinki metropolitan area aimed at reducing energy-related carbon emissions and achieving carbon neutrality through future actions. Various sectorial energy consumption rates per year and carbon emissions from various sectors within the city of Helsinki and the metropolitan area were extracted from an online database and re-calculated (in GWh, MWh/inhabitant and MtCO2e, KtCO2e/inhabitant). We employed a backcasting scenario method to explore the various carbon reduction measures in the Helsinki metropolitan area. About 96% of the emissions produced in the Helsinki metropolitan area are energy-based. District heating represents the primary source of emissions, followed by transportation and electricity consumption, respectively. We also found that accomplishing the carbon reduction strategies of the Helsinki metropolitan area by 2050 remains challenging. Technological advancement for clean and renewable energy sources, smart policies and raising awareness resulting in behavioral changes greatly affect carbon reduction actions. Thus, strong political commitments are also required to formulate and implement stringent climate actions. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Public Perception of Climate Change in a Period of Economic Crisis
Climate 2015, 3(3), 715-726; doi:10.3390/cli3030715
Received: 21 May 2015 / Revised: 22 August 2015 / Accepted: 25 August 2015 / Published: 28 August 2015
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The present study surveys the opinion of the residents of the Athens area in Greece on a wide range of issues related to climate change, such as their environmental consciousness and awareness and their willingness to take action against climate change. This study
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The present study surveys the opinion of the residents of the Athens area in Greece on a wide range of issues related to climate change, such as their environmental consciousness and awareness and their willingness to take action against climate change. This study is performed at a time of a severe economic crisis in Greece. Based on a questionnaire, this study examines the general trends reported on various environmental issues, more particularly concerning climate change. The main results are that Greek citizens are aware of the problems of environmental and of climate change and also believe that the environmental quality of Greece is quite poor. They believe they are fairly well informed about climate change. However, the current economic crisis in Greece has reversed the progress made in the past concerning the awareness of climate change. Also, the citizens have very low confidence in the public authorities and the big enterprises to deal with climate change, while they have high level of trust in scientific and environmental organizations. They agree with public actions, but are against individual actions to protect the environment as they consider the main stakeholders (state, industry) to be mainly responsible for environmental degradation. Full article
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Open AccessComment Implementing Local Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Actions: The Role of Various Policy Instruments in a Multi-Level Governance Context
Climate 2016, 4(1), 7; doi:10.3390/cli4010007
Received: 18 December 2015 / Revised: 19 January 2016 / Accepted: 22 January 2016 / Published: 29 January 2016
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Recently, considerable focus, e.g., in the fifth IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Assessment Report (2014) has been trained on why adaptation and mitigation have not been developed more than at present, with relatively few local government actions taken compared with, for example,
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Recently, considerable focus, e.g., in the fifth IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Assessment Report (2014) has been trained on why adaptation and mitigation have not been developed more than at present, with relatively few local government actions taken compared with, for example, more discursive policy agreement on the importance of the issue of climate change. Going beyond a focus on general limits and barriers, this comment suggests that one important issue is that climate change has not yet been sufficiently integrated into the state regulative structure of legislation and policy-making. A comparison between three cases suggests that local developments that are not supported in particular by binding regulation are unlikely to achieve the same general level of implementation as issues for which such regulative demands (and thereby also requirements for prioritization) exist. This constitutes an important consideration for the development of adaptation and mitigation as policy areas, including on the local level. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Title:
Bottom-Up Climate Risk Governance in the Public Sector: Portland’s Influence on the State of Oregon
Authors:
Mark Stephan1, Dorothy M. Daley2, and Troy D. Abel3, *
Affiliation:
1. Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences 2. Political Science, College of Liberal Arts & Science 3. Huxley College of the Environment
Abstract:
Increasing levels of urbanization highlight the importance of cities in addressing climate change. Indeed, in a range of countries, including the United States, innovative city governments have been leading the charge in forging creative approaches to this global commons challenge. While a range of scholars have explored these types of policies, there has been less emphasis focused on how local governments may motivate other, larger governments to engage in climate governance. This study closely analyzes the ways in which one city, Portland, has pressured its surrounding state of Oregon to do more on climate change.  In so doing we gain a more nuanced understanding of  bottom-up climate risk governance, including analyzing the roles of private and non-governmental actors who have worked with Portland to change the climate change policy landscape for state government. Our research uses a combination of interviews and document analysis. This project is a part of a larger three year study of climate risk governance across US states.

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