Climate Protection in Berlin

International cooperation

A major amount of greenhouse gas emissions is caused by cities. Local climate action is therefore important, but not sufficient to tackle global warming from a global perspective. It is crucial for cities to also share suitable ideas and approaches internationally as well joining forces and resources to make climate protection globally effective. This is why Berlin is a member of different European and international initiatives on climate action.

Internationally, this is most importantly the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), which is the largest network of more than 90 metropolises worldwide on climate action and adaptation. Berlin joined in 2005. C40 is regularly present in international climate negotiations and other international conferences to speak on behalf of its members and to make sure that local needs are recognised. Berlin is in exchange with other cities through C40 networks, city-to-city-talks and events.

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) is another international city network which brings together those cities worldwide which have committed themselves to becoming climate neutral by 2050. Berlin is one of the founding members and is benefiting from the exchange of ideas and information with the most ambitious cities around the world. The CNCA has therefore awarded its members the status of Climate Vanguard Cities.

At the European level, Berlin has joined the EU Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which was conceived by the European Commission and founded in 2008. It aims to encourage local governments to voluntarily commit themselves to achieving and exceeding the climate and energy targets of the European Union. Berlin joined in 2009 and renewed its commitments in 2018. It is now committed to supporting the EU’s climate targets for 2030. The Covenant has more than 7,500 signatories.

Within the Climate Alliance e.V., which is another large European city network dedicated to climate action and also the protection of the most vulnerable, indigenous people of the tropical rainforest, Berlin is also proud to be one of the founding members. Berlin also participates in the international network ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, which campaigns for sustainable development in cities as a broader concept. Both networks were launched in 1990 and have to date more than 1,500 member cities each.
Meeting of mayors worldwide at the international climate negotiations in Paris 2015
Meeting of mayors worldwide at the international climate negotiations in Paris 2015
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Climate Vanguard City
Berlin was distinguished as a Climate Vanguard City by the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance