Governance of Low-Carbon Energy System Transitions: A Case Study from North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany
Schepelmann, Philipp | July 2018
This governance brief aims to provide practical examples on how investments in urban infrastructure, clean energy, and energy efficiency can be implemented; and how these are embedded in multilevel governance, experimentation, and policy learning. In recent literature, targeted governance of structural change is being referred to as transition management (Loorbach 2010, Elzen et al. 2004). This article draws on examples from the German energy system transition (Energiewende), which can be understood as a large-scale, real-life laboratory for the governance of a sustainability transition of an entire national energy system (Schepelmann et al. 2016). In the German federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW), the climate protection legislation and planning of the government, in combination with key stakeholders in business, civil society, research, and municipalities, have introduced a number of governance and institutional innovations (Lechtenböhmer and Fischedick 2012). The NRW real-life laboratory illustrates the complexity of the governance challenge of implementing low-carbon system transitions.
CitationSchepelmann, Philipp. 2018. Governance of Low-Carbon Energy System Transitions: A Case Study from North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. © Asian Development Bank. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/8522. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
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