Power to Act

How subnational governments can tackle climate change together
21 September 2016

The "Power to act" report, published during Climate Week NYC, highlights how sub-national governments needs to cooperate to tackle climate change on a planetary scale - the key will be finding global partners with similar powers. 

In the new international climate change regime, it's not only national policies that matter, but state, regional, and city policies as well. For many countries, meeting their Paris "pledge" will depend on sub-national governments going "farther and faster" than the national government.

In a "bottom up" climate regime, it is critical for sub-national governments to cooperate and share knowledge, so that the most successful policies and programs are replicated around the world.

Sub-national governments in different countries have varied levels of power over climate policy, enabling them to take different kinds of action. For example, the state governments of California (US), North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), Gujarat (India), and São Paulo (Brazil) take very different approaches to improving energy efficiency.

In light of these differences, sub-national governments can benefit from partnering with governments with similar powers and circumstances.

 

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