Bridging the gap - the role of non-state and subnational actors

Hsu, Angel / Oscar Widerberg / Faterneh Bakhtiari / Sander Chan / Katharina Lütkehermöller / Mark Roelfsema / Amy Weinfurter
External Publications (2018)

in: UN Environment (ed.), Emissions Gap Report 2018, Nairobi: UN Environment, 29-42

ISBN: 978-92-807-3726-4
Volltext/Document

Global climate change governance is diversifying rapidly: in recent years, political attention has been acknowledging the increasingly important role of non- state and subnational actors such as cities, states, regions, companies, investors, foundations, civil society organizations, and cooperative initiatives.

This chapter, assesses the role of non-state and subnational actors’ in enhancing global climate ambition and bridging the emissions gap, based on the most recent literature. The chapter begins with a brief overview of the increasing engagement of non-state and subnational actors (NSAs) in the UNFCCC process (section 5.2), before examining the landscape and trends in terms of NSAs’ individual commitments and international cooperative initiatives (ICIs) (section 5.3). Section 5.4 provides an assessment of the emission reduction potentials estimated by the latest studies and looks at non-quantifiable, roles of NSAs that have important implications for global climate change governance. The final section summarizes some of the key ways forward for harnessing the potential of NSAs’ climate action to bridge the emissions gap (section 5.5).

About the author

Chan, Sander

Enviroment Policy

Chan

Further experts

Aleksandrova, Mariya

Climate risk governance 

Bauer, Steffen

Political scientist 

Brandi, Clara

Economy and Political Science 

Dippel, Beatrice

Comparatist 

Fuhrmann, Hanna

Economy 

Hägele, Ramona

Political Scientist 

Iacobuta, Gabriela

Environmental Researcher 

Klingebiel, Stephan

Political Science 

Kuhn, Sascha

Social Psychology 

Lehmann, Ina

Political Scientist 

Malerba, Daniele

Economy 

Marschall, Paul

Economy 

Mathis, Okka Lou

Political Scientist 

Negre, Mario

Economist 

Never, Babette

Political Scientist 

Oehler, Hannes

Economy 

Pegels, Anna

Economist 

Rodríguez de Francisco, Jean Carlo

Ecological Economist 

Scholtes, Fabian

Economist 

Srigiri, Srinivasa Reddy

Agricultural Economist 

Strupat, Christoph

Economist