ID73: Towards climate neutrality in mountains


  • Full Title

    Towards climate neutrality in mountains: Local climate governance and energy transitions for GHG mitigation.

  • Scheduled

    Tuesday, 2022-09-13
    13:30 - 15:00

  • Co-Conveners

    Susanne Wymann von Dach, Carolina Adler, F. Sebastián Riera, Biraj Thapa and Wenling Wang

  • Assigned to Synthesis Workshop


  • Keywords

    Climate change policies, transition processes, territorial governance, renewable energy, energy transitions, hydropower, climate change, policy, governance


Climate change severely affects mountain regions. The need to develop territorial policies to mitigate climate change, including through energy transitions, is especially relevant given that climate governance is still state-centered and suffers from an “implementation deficit”. Since the inclusion of the Paris Agreement conditions in national political agendas, their implementation at the local level has encountered several obstacles. In mountain areas, bottom-up systematic transition processes that rest upon innovative participative and territorial models of governance can enable and enhance buy-in and cooperation. Mountain regions face a range of energy-pathway choices in the context of accelerated climate change, Nationally Determined Contributions for emissions, and mountain communities' own development aspirations.  This session aims to gain insights into initiatives towards climate neutrality in various mountain regions around the world, discuss key challenges of policy implementation and address mountain-specific energy transitions (solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower, biomass, biochar and other forms of renewable carbon)

Registered Abstracts

ID74: Transdisciplinary approaches for the future of mountain transhumance, forestry, and livelihoods
ID72: The status and future of mountain waters