Sharing Solutions: Transatlantic Cooperation for a low carbon economy

September 16, 2011
"Sharing Solutions: Transatlantic Cooperation for a Low-Carbon Economy" is the final publication of the project by the HBF’s offices in Brussels, Prague and Washington, DC. Building on its key findings, it analyzes conditions for progressive climate and energy policy at the regional/state level. It discusses how regions with a strong coal, manufacturing or rural economy are affected by climate and energy policies, and how way policies should be designed to soften the impact of structural change toward a low-carbon economy. For more on our activities, articles, interviews, and videos from the public events, we also invite you to visit the website of The Climate Network http://www.boell.de/climate-transatlantic/

We invited decision-makers, experts and activists from a broad range of political convictions and regions, all of whom have been valuable partners throughout this two-year program, and can share important lessons on how to build a functioning low-carbon economy. The goal is to establish true transatlantic leadership on the way to a globally sustainable, lowcarbon economy—for despite economic and political challenges, the transatlantic climate community remains strong and committed to moving ahead. The Heinrich Böll Foundation will continue to actively promote this process where it can.

The publication can be downloaded here

Table of contents:

Introduction: Transatlantic Solutions for a low-carbon economy:
about the Climate Network Project
By Silvia Brugger, Arne Jungjohann, Till Kötter, Lindsay Parker,
Erik Siegl and Annette Waltersdorf 
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Regional Perspectives: Regional perspectives on policies for climate
mitigation and economic competitiveness
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Renewable Energy in Germany: Where Fighting Climate Change Spurs
Economic Growth, by Oliver Krischer 13

Regional Action: A U.S. Perspective, by Vicki Arroyo 18

Uneasy Newcomers: Climate, Energy and the “New Europe” by Juraj Mesík 23

State Policies as driver of the low-carbon economy: Case studies of
state policies for climate change mitigation and competitiveness
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States Can Lead the Way—in Germany and in the U.S., by Johannes Remmel 33
Support for Energy Farmers in the States, by Ben Brancel 35

EnergyRegion.NRW: Supplier of Renewable Energy, by Frank Michael Baumann 36

Power Grid Expansion by the Citizens, by Robert Habeck 42

Getting to Energy Efficient Buildings, by Petr Holub 45

New Alliances in the U.S. as Game Changers............... 50

Labor-Environmental Partnerships Pivotal to Jobs for the 21st Century, Addressing the Climate Crisis, by David Foster 51

Renewable Energy Opportunities for American Agriculture, by Roger Johnson 54

Faith groups and Climate Change, by Barbara Rossing 57

Veterans Still Want to Protect their Country, by Stacy Bare 60

About the Authors & Cimate Network Team................ 62
Acknowledgements............. 68