Canada – Germany Cities and Climate Change Research Brief

Canada – Germany

Cities and Climate Change Research Brief

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged traditional multilateral cooperation mechanisms due to travel restrictions and virtual meeting fatigue. However, the pandemic has not stopped the need for such cooperation.

The Canada – Germany Cities and Climate Change Research Brief lays a strong foundation for mid-and long-term multilateral cooperation between Germany and Canada on the theme of cities and climate change. Cities in both countries have a long history of action on climate change, yet there is little mutual awareness of the unique climate change policy and programming between the respective countries, or the opportunities multilateral cooperation might present.

Key Themes

The brief highlights the key thematic policy and programing mechanisms being used by local governments in both Canada and Germany to address climate change and answers questions such as:

  • What are the promising practices in each country?
  • How do the policies, programming and practices compare and contrast?
  • What makes them effective in their countries, and which elements or insights might be transferable from one country to another?

It focuses on how climate change is being addressed at the local level in Canada and Germany, and identified areas for collaboration under the themes of:

  • Energy performance in buildings
  • Mobility and transportation
  • Just transition
  • Climate adaptation

There is also a chapter that provides an overview of local government and climate action in Canada and Germany, as well as a chapter on emerging action areas where newer trends and thematic areas of activity are starting to take shape.

Introduction Video

We are pleased to have five special guests to help introduce the Research Brief and share their thoughts on climate change collaboration between Germany and Canada featuring:

  • Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Mayor Lisa Helps, from the City of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Madame Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser, Germany’s Ambassador to Canada
  • Deputy Mayor Ludvig Artinger, from the City of Regensburg, Bavaria
  • Mr Ambassador Stéphane Dion, Canada’s Ambassador to Germany