Stopping climate change necessitates to re-build global economic and social systems as quickly as possible. The Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals provide a long-term frame of reference for this complex task. The Research Unit Global Climate Governance sees itself as navigators of governance processes in these areas. As architects of transformative solutions, the researchers develop integrated strategies and instruments at global level to advance this transformation.

Within the Energy, Transport and Climate Policy Division the Research Unit works on three main topic areas: governance, transformation and sustainability.

Governance: The Wuppertal Institute has observed and analysed the United Nations climate negotiations since 1995 and regularly summarises the state of the negotiations. The researchers provide in-depth advice to political institutions as well civil society and other actors working within the climate policy field. In addition, the Wuppertal Institute is familiar with national climate policy processes and the positions of individual countries in international climate politics world-wide.


Transformation: The Wuppertal Institute analyses and develops transformation strategies for a multitude of actors, such as governments, non-governmental from a global perspective. These strategies relate not only to embarking onto sustainable societal pathways, practices and technologies, but also incorporate the deliberate exit (phase-out, exnovation) from unsustainable structures and practices and overcoming related path dependencies.

Sustainability: Ambitious climate policy can only be implemented sustainably if it directly contributes to further dimensions of sustainable development, such as access to energy or mobility. The researchers therefore contribute to putting additional sustainability benefits, which in international climate politics are often referred to as "co-benefits", front and centre as "main benefits" of actions that are catalysed through climate policy. For example, a transport transition towards public transport, cycling and walking reduces not only greenhouse gas emissions, but also local pollutants and improves public health.


Here you find publications on global climate governance.


Here you find research activities in the field of international climate policy.

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