Integration of mitigation and adaptation in urban climate change action plans in Europe: A systematic assessment

Aoife Foley, Stelios Grafakos, Giulia Viero, Diana Riecken, Kate Trigg, Vincent Viguie, Andrew Sudmant, Catherine Graves, Oliver Heidrich

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Cities are major drivers of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions the sources of anthropocentric climate change, whilst also concentrating people, buildings, and infrastructures and therefore potential risk and impacts of the latter. As a consequence, planning for climate change in urban areas does not only provide the opportunity but should necessitate to consider interactions between mitigation and adaptation actions. However, existing research found that only a minority of urban areas consider both mitigation and adaptation in their climate action plans, i.e. 147 out of 597 Climate Change Action Plans (CCAPs) that were identified among a representative sample of 885 European cities. We here investigate these 147 CCAPs to understand the degree of integration of adaptation and mitigation and draw implications for the maximization of synergies and co-benefits of such a combined approach. Using the developed scoring framework to evaluate the level of integration of CCAPs, the research finds that most of the plans reveal a 'moderate' level of integration. Moderate integration characterizes a plan that identifies sources of emissions and vulnerabilities to climate change, as well as some qualitative consideration of the synergies, but one that lacks a systematic consideration of potential integration opportunities. Furthermore, the analysis reveals that one of the main gaps of the evaluation and implementation of more integrated climate change actions in cities is the insufficient quantitative evaluation of the costs and funding schemes for adaptation and mitigation action implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number109623
Number of pages20
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Early online date07 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2020

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