Klimalog – Research and dialogue for a climate-smart and just transformation

An ambitious international climate agenda and its resolute implementation are essential for sustainable development in all countries. Curbing climate change requires rapid and radical transformations in the political, economic and social spheres and at all levels from global to local. This transformation has to be both climate-smart and just: it needs to mitigate climate change and to facilitate dealing with its impacts in a manner that accounts for global equity and burden-sharing.

With the Klimalog the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) promotes awareness for interlinkages between climate and development policy and furthers a goal-oriented dialogue between pertinent actors in politics, academia, civil society and the private sector. It focusses on key issues in the ongoing round of UN climate negotiations and their implications for international co-operation with developing countries and emerging economies.

DIE's corresponding research project investigates regulatory measures to de-couple the global economy from fossil energy (decarbonisation) and to adapt to the impacts of climate change (resilience). It also addresses issues of global equity and burden-sharing, synergies and trade-offs between different policies and measures as well as on policy challenges at different levels of governance. Ultimately, the project aims to better connect global climate and development policy with national political and economic realities.

Highlights: Access research data online

Academic research has the potential and the responsibility to enlighten crucial debates in societies. Accepting this responsibility the Klimalog project aims at making its research results public and accessible. In several online tools we aim to enable the interested audience to analyse, compare and use our research data and findings.

Non-state climate action

The enormous potential of non-state climate action to contribute to long-term climate goals is evident. Yet many questions remain: How effective are they? Under which circumstances do they succeed? Do they deliver in an equitable manner? And do the most vulnerable benefit? Research at DIE aims to better understand the effectiveness of non-state climate actions, as well as their distributing effects. A dialogue on the role of non-state climate actions in the broader climate regime and the context of sustainable development is facilitated within the “Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions” network.

The Klimalog Project is financially supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Research Staff






Review of COP23


Preview: The Current Column

COP23: not great, but good enough
Bauer, Steffen (2017)
The Current Column of 23 November 2017


Preview: The Current Column

The First Yearbook of Climate Action: What businesses, cities and regions do, and which next steps are needed?
Chan, Sander / Thomas Hale / Angel Hsu / Friederike Eichhorn / Ann Gardiner / Brendan Guy (2017)
The Current Column of 16 November 2017

NDC / SDG Connections

Illuminating synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement

Klimalog Project Video

NDC Explorer

NDC Explorer: Making Climate Action Plans comparable and transparent