The goal of the research project NostaClimate is the explicit analysis of the role of non-state actors and their interactions with state and individual actors. Non-state actors include civil society groups (e.g. churches, non-governmental organizations), economic actors (e.g. firms, trade unions), and subnational and local actors (e.g. municipalities). The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the second phase of the funding priority “Economics of Climate Change” (FKZ: 01LA1813).

The project examines the research questions with a mix of complementary methods. The possible effects of different non-state actors are evaluated on the basis of theoretical, empirical, and experimental results. In close cooperation with the advisory board, strategies and recommendations for non-state actors are developed, especially with respect to influencing individual climate protection activities, but also for policymakers (state actors), for example, to strengthen the position of non-state actors in the monitoring of climate protection activities of other actors.



The Demand for Voluntary Carbon Sequestration - First Results from an Experimental Study in Germany

In a video presentation, recorded for the 2020 Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) conference on 16 and 17 September 2020, we present first results of a joint field experiment by the ZEW and the University of Münster.

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Survey on the Climate Protection Activities of German Municipalities Launched

Even if the Corona crisis strongly changes everyday life in 2020, climate protection continues to be a central issue on political and social agendas. Many cities and municipalities in Germany are taking measures and are central actors in climate protection activities. At the same time, the topic…

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Young Adults Discuss the Relationship between Climate Change and the Economy

On the weekend of the 7.- 9. February 2020 young adults between the ages of 15 and 26 came together for a workshop by the Junge Akademie of the Evangelische Akade-mie der Pfalz. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the relationship between climate change and the economy.

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International Climate Policy and Individual Climate Protection Activities – High School Students Experience Theory and Practice in a Joint Workshop at the ZEW

During a visit to the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, pupils from the Eschbach-Gymnasium in Stuttgart-Freiberg experienced the combination of economic theory and practical application and played an active role in shaping it. On Wednesday, 23 July 2019, the 11th-grade…

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Start of Cooperation with the NostaClimate Advisory Board in Mannheim

During the first joint meeting, which took place on 5 July 2019 at ZEW in Mannheim, the members of the advisory board were informed about the current…

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Policy Session “The Role of Non-State Actors in Climate Policy” at the Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE)

Manchester, Great Britain, 26 to 29 June 2019

National laws and regulations introduced by state actors are unlikely to be sufficient to meet the…

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