Local Governments and Climate Change: Sustainable Energy Planning And Implementation In Small And Medium Sized Communiti: Sustainable Ene by Maryke van StadenLocal Governments and Climate Change: Sustainable Energy Planning And Implementation In Small And Medium Sized Communiti: Sustainable Ene by Maryke van Staden

Local Governments and Climate Change: Sustainable Energy Planning And Implementation In Small And…

byMaryke van StadenEditorFrancesco Musco

Paperback | May 5, 2012

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Global warming is changing the world as we know it. Climate change can have catastrophic impacts in numerous cities across the world. It is time for us to react - quickly and effectively. The European Community (EC) has been leading the fight against climate change, making it one of its top priorities. We have introduced the most ambitious targets of their kind, known as the "20/20/20 by 2020" initiative within the "Climate Action and Renewable Energy Package." As a result, European Member States have taken on a commitment to curb their CO emissions by at least 20% by 2020. 2 These targets are indeed commendable; however, they are only the start if we are to avoid the consequences of global warming. Whilst top level coordination from the European Institutions and Member State governments is vital, the role of mitigating and adapting to climate change at local level must not be forgotten. In fact, here cities, regions and their citizens play a significant a role. It is therefore vital they become directly involved in the climate change challenge. The European Commission therefore launched in 2008 a new initiative, the Covenant of Mayors, which brings together a network of European mayors in a voluntary effort to go beyond the European Union's already ambitious targets. Half of our greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) are created in and by cities.
Title:Local Governments and Climate Change: Sustainable Energy Planning And Implementation In Small And…Format:PaperbackDimensions:434 pagesPublished:May 5, 2012Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

From the Table of Contents: List of Contributors.- Foreword.- Preface.- Acknowledgements.-Chapter 1: Introduction.- Part 1 - A focus on Climate, Energy and Local Governments.- Chapter 2: Motivation for local action.-Chapter 3 Strategic framework supporting local action.-Chapter 4: Local action - planning and implementation.-Chapter 5: Framework conditions and support mechanisms.- Part 2: Local Climate Action Case Studies.-Chapter 6: Selected case studies illustrating the three streams of action.- 6.1 Policy and comprehensive strategic approach.- 6.2 Technology and Measures.- 6.3 People and Lifestyle.-Chapter 7. Conclusion.- Glossary.- Author Index.- Combined index of names and subjects

Editorial Reviews

"This is a timely book that addresses an urgent problem. Not only does it draw our attention to the role of local government in addressing climate change but it also highlights the issue with regard to small and medium sized communities, which is where the majority of Europe's population actually lives. Moreover, the emphasis on participation is important in an age where the legitimacy of government action is increasingly being questioned." (Rob Atkinson, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)"Municipalities matter! With clear arguments and multiple case studies Maryke van Staden and Francesco Musco show how mayors and local governments can - and must - lead in climate action. " (Michael Hebbert, University of Manchester, UK)