Project Description

Climate change poses a multi-faceted challenge for today’s societies due to its strong impacts on the natural environment and human lives. In order to restrain the anthropogenic global warming, it is necessary to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and particularly CO2 emissions. As activities by single countries are obviously not sufficient for this task, international agreements involving a large number of states are necessary.

The research project contributes to closing gaps in research regarding international climate negotiations. The resulting strategies serve as recommendations for the effective organisation of German and European climate policy and to strengthen the bargaining position of German and European representatives in international climate negotiations. Furthermore, the potential of voluntary climate protection activities as well as the determinants for individual efforts to reduce CO2 emissions are identified and it is pointed out to what extend these activities may have a positive effect on the successful formulation of international climate policy.

Project period: March 2012 to October 2015

Project number: 01 LA 1123