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Learning Call on the Austrian Climate Assembly

©BMK / Karo Pernegger (The Austrian Citizens’ Climate Assembly)

In July 2022, after 6 weekends of learning and deliberation, the Austrian Citizens’ Climate Assembly (Klimarat) published its final report with 93 recommendations in response to the task of proposing measures to achieve climate neutrality by 2040. The Austrian Assembly is novel in having been organised in response to a citizens’ initiative. It is also innovative in the way in which social partners and politicians engaged directly with the Assembly and the members formed the Association of the First Austrian Citizens’ Climate Assembly to monitor the government’s response and spread knowledge about the climate crisis and their recommendations.

This learning call interrogated the motivation, task, organisation and impact to date of the Austrian Climate Assembly, drawing out innovations and lessons for future practice.

For a summary of the Austrian Citizens’ Climate Assembly see the KNOCA website. Further details are on its dedicated website.


Christoph Streissler
Senior Policy Expert
Federal Chamber of Labour, Austria
Ines Omann
Senior Researcher and Facilitator
Lisa Purker
Dieter Beisteiner
Ministry for Climate Action
Laura Grossman
Civil Society Engagement
Graham Smith
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