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Zero-emission communities
Gigli, Michaela ;  Schweizer-Ries, Petra ;  Zimmermann, Anne ;  Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik

Main titleZero-emission communities
Subtitlethe role of local governments and citizens
AuthorGigli, Michaela
AuthorSchweizer-Ries, Petra
AuthorZimmermann, Anne
InstitutionFreie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
No. of Pages13 S.
Keywordszero emission; municipality administration; local stakeholders; public participation
Classification (DDC)300 Social sciences
AbstractClimate protection activities at the local level play an important role towards responding
effectively to global climate change. The research at hand deals with the subjectively nominated
success factors and barriers relevant to the implementation of climate protection measures in local
municipalities. Determinants for the transition towards energy sustainable communities (Schweizer-
Ries, 2008) are the subject-matter of a longer research tradition (Schweizer-Ries, 2009). In order to
work out recommendations for a German federal policy instrument designed to support
municipalities towards climate protection, we chose to concentrate on municipalities having applied
for the above mentioned funding. Some of these municipalities also plan to realise a process towards
“zero-emission” as a long-term project. With qualitative interviews, we assessed in a first research
step, how local stakeholders perceive the climate protection measures inside their municipalities,
how they were successfully implemented, where social barriers appeared and how they could be
minimised. Thus, we were able to collect subjective determinants of success or failure for zeroemission
processes. We also examine the role of the citizens, and make the case for increased public
participation. The main insights of these first results are that within the administration of local
municipalities, cross-sectional interaction and communication are crucial, along with the need to
engage a socially skilled permanent employee to manage the implementation of measures and
activate external stakeholders. Involving citizens is pivotal in shaping a zero-emission community
identity and reality. The research is designed to shed some light on the role the above mentioned
financial support programme and therefore serves as policy counselling. The policy instrument seems
to be able to promote most factors of success within local authorities, only minor adaptations are
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FU DepartmentProceedings of the Berlin Conferences on   Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
Year of publication2010
Type of documentConferencepresentation
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