Our History

In its rapid development since 2006, Climate Strategies has had a significant impact on the development of international policy responses to climate change.

In 2015, a pivotal year for climate change, we convened the 2nd Global Climate Policy Conference in New Delhi, hosted in collaboration with the Stanley Foundation. This focused on a variety of issues, including that of  ‘climate clubs’. We later organised a series of workshops with high level stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society to transform these ideas into  concrete policy proposals. Climate Strategies also embarked in a new, innovative project on the use of ‘Peace & Reconciliation’ tools to overcome conflicts in international climate change negotiations. We focused on the ‘Energy Union’ debate, convening two large conferences in Berlin and London and helping to prepare a special issue of the Climate Policy Journal on this (to be issued in May 2016). At the landmark COP21 in Paris, we hosted 5 events on: climate clubs and carbon pricing, consumption–based accounting, INDCs and national planning in the EU, and mitigation policy in China.

In 2014 Climate Strategies published major reports on low carbon investments in the cement sector and the steel sector, as well as on the analysis and recommendations for the EU 2030 Climate and Energy package, and Energy Security. We also embarked in a new initiative with the objective of identifying the key issues blocking a global climate deal in the UNFCCC process. At our Global Climate Policy Conference, researchers and policy makers discussed how to unblock the negotiation process. A new project called Global Research -Policy Interface Climate 2015 dug deeper into climate negotiations ahead of of COP21 in Paris.

In 2013 Climate Strategies joined for the first time the consortium of two FP7 projects: Carbon-CAP and POLIMP. We have since been engaging stakeholders with the project and providing rigorous scientific advice and expertise through our members. Climate Strategies also launched the Carbon-Control Post 2020 in Energy Intensive Industries and the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package projects.

In 2012, we worked on Strengthening the EU ETS in the current debt and economic uncertainty. Our network has been involved in a number of studies: Climate Technology and Development project translating the latest academic insights to policy, exploring national and international instruments for advancing technology, and an Aviation & Maritime project.

In 2011, our research focused on the ‘Institutional Framework for the Global Carbon Market and finance for mitigation and adaptation: ‘Governance of Climate Change Funding from International Maritime Transport‘ and Mobilising Private Finance for Low-Carbon Development’. Furthermore a study on ‘Living Standards and Economic Performance with Ambitious Climate Action’ was undertaken.

In 2010, the post-Copenhagen landscape had forced governments to re-evaluate international and domestic policies. Climate Strategies saw this as an opportunity to inject fresh ideas and thinking. Our work programme included: a broad-based project on ‘Competitiveness and Leakage issues; a major project on  Sectoral Approaches; and on Climate Innovation Centres’. The Carbon Pricing for Low-Carbon Investment’ project provided Response to the UK HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs Consultation on Carbon Price Floor debate. We also launched our biggest pan-European landmark study, ‘Examining the Case for the EU to Set More Ambitious 2020 Emissions Reductions Targets’.

In 2009, our growing relevance to policy makers was proven through increased international government funding. Highlights were our reports on: ‘International Support for Domestic Action’; the synthesis of our European-based research into the widely-publicised report for the US policy-making constituency ‘Climate Policy and Industrial Competitiveness: Ten insights from Europe on the EU Emissions Trading System’, published by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

In 2008, our work on allocation issues in the EU ETS provided crucial input to the EC decisions on Phase II allocation. Our long-standing engagement on this subject generated wide press coverage of our report on ‘The Role of Auctions for Emissions Trading’ of emissions allowances in October 2008, the day before the EU Parliamentary Committee voted in support of the EU post-2012 package.

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Annela Anger-Kraavi
Lecturer, Macroeconomics of Ecosystems, School of Environmental Science, Univeristy of East Anglia, UK

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Harro van Asselt
Environmental Change Institute, Stockholm Environment Institute, IVM University of Amsterdam

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Julian Barquin
Regulatory Affairs Endesa, S.A., Madrid, Spain

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John Barrett
Professor of Sustainability Research University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

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Regina Betz
Joint Director - Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM) The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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Simone Borg
Resident Academic, Faculty of Laws, Head of the Environmental Law and Resources Law Dept University of Malta, Msida, Malta

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Maurits Blanson Henkemans
Ex-Senior Policy Officer at Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands

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Thomas Brewer
Senior Fellow International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva, Switzerland

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Maciej Bukowski
President & Head of Research, Economics & Economic Policy, WiseEuropa, Poland

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Rob Byrne
Lecturer in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, UK

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Christa Clapp
Senior Advisor on Climate Finance CICERO - Center for Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, Norway

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Michel Colombier
Scientific Director IDDRI, Paris, France

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Heleen de Coninck
Associate Professor, Radboud University, The Netherlands.

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Esteve Corbera
Senior Researcher, Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

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Kasturi Das
Associate Professor Economics and International Business, Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, India.

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Joanna Depledge
Affiliated Lecturer, Dept. of Politics and International Studies University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

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Thomas Downing
President and Chief Executive Officer Global Climate Adaptation Partnership, Oxford, UK

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Susanne Droege
Senior Fellow, Global Issues Research Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany

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Navroz Dubash
Senior Fellow, Centre for Research Policy, New Delhi, India

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Robyn Eckersley
Professor of Political Science, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia

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Paul Ekins
OBE, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London, UK

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Jasper Faber
Aviation and Maritime Expert at CE Delft, The Netherlands

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Samuel Fankhauser
Co-Director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics, UK

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Dora Fazekas
Sector Expert at the University of Sheffield Department of Energy and Innovation, UK

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Navraj Singh Ghaleigh
Senior Lecturer in Climate Law; Programme Director, LLM in Law and Chinese, University of Endinburgh, UK

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Michael Grubb
Professor of International Policy and Climate Change, University College London, UK

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Emmanuel Guérrin
Consultant, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

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Joyeeta Gupta
Professor of Environment & Development, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Jean-Charles Hourcade
Research Director Emeritus, The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

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Stanley Ijeoma
Enviropreneur/CEO, Schrodinger Greentech Ltd., Abuja, Nigeria

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Roland Ismer
Chair for Public Law and Tax Law, University of Erlangen, Germany

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Frank Jotzo
Associate Professor, Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy, Australia

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Péter Kaderják
Director Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research - Budapest, Hungary

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Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen
Assistant Professor, Public Administration and Policy Group, Wageningen University, Netherlands

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Jiang Kejun
Senior Researcher, Energy Research Institute, China

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Richard Klein
Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden

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Sonja Klinsky
Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

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Anna Korppoo
Senior Research Fellow Fridtjof Nansen Institute - Oslo, Norway

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Tim Lancaster
Vice-Chair of the Board of Climate Strategies; Project Director at Arcus Global, Cambridge, UK

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Richard Lorch
Editor at Building Research & Information Journal, UK

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Ritu Mathur
Professor, TERI University & Senior Fellow, Green Growth & Resource Efficiency Division, TERI, India

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Felix Matthes
Researcher Coordinator - Energy and Climate Policy Öko-Institut, Freiburg, Germany

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Michael Mehling
Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

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Axel Michaelowa
Head of Research, International Climate Policy, University of Zürich, Switzerland

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Emi Mizuno
Director, Energy Policy, GE Japan

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Arild Moe
Deputy Director / Senior Research Fellow Fridtjof Nansen Institute - Oslo, Norway

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Massimiliano Montini
Associate Professor, European Union Law, University of Siena, Italy

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Chipo Mukonza
Researcher, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

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Benito Müller
Managing Director, Oxford Climate Policy, Oxford, UK

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Bernard Namanya
Partner, BNB Advocates, Kampala, Uganda

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Karsten Neuhoff
Head of the Department of Climate Policy-DIW Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Peter Newell
Department of International Relations, School of Global Studies University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

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Sebastian Oberthür
Institute for European Studies, Brussels, Belgium

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Chuks Okereke
Associate Professor in Environment & Development, University of Reading, UK

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Jiahua Pan
Director, Institute for Urban & Environmental Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

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Feng Qiao
Program Director, Guangdong Harmony Foundation and Research Fellow at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China

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Joyashree Roy
Professor and Head Department of Economics Coordinator Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

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J. Timmons Roberts
Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, Brown University, USA

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Ambuj Sagar
Professor of Policy Studies Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India

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Stefan Schleicher
Professor of Economics Wegener Center, Graz, Austria

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Graham Sinden
Senior Research Associate - Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK

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Hans-Jürgen Stehr
Independent Adviser, Denmark

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Thomas Sterner
Professor of Environmental Economics University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

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Charlotte Streck
Chair of the Board of Climate Strategies; Director, Climate Focus, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Kacper Szulecki
Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway

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Stephen Tindale
CEO at Alvin Weinberg Foundation, London, UK

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Andreas Tuerk
Senior Researcher Joanneum Research / Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz, Graz, Austria

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Diana Urge-Vorsatz
Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European Univeristy, Hungary

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Kiriakos Vlahos
Associate Professor of DecisionSciences Athens Laboratory of Business Administration (ALBA), Athens, Greece

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Murray Ward
Consultant Global Climate Change Consultancy, Wellington, New Zealand

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Peter Wooders
Senior Economist, Climate Change, Energy and Trade International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Geneva, Switzerland

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Farhana Yamin
Founder and CEO of Track 0, UK

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Xiliang Zhang
Professor and Director, Institute of Energy, Environment, and Economy, Tsinghua University, China

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ZhongXiang Zhang
Professor, Fudan University and Tianjin University, China

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Maurits Blanson Henkemans
Ex-Senior Policy Officer at Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands

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Heleen de Coninck
Associate Professor, Radboud University, The Netherlands.

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Michael Grubb
Professor of International Policy and Climate Change, University College London, UK

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Tim Lancaster
Vice-Chair of the Board of Climate Strategies; Project Director at Arcus Global, Cambridge, UK

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Axel Michaelowa
Head of Research, International Climate Policy, University of Zürich, Switzerland

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Karsten Neuhoff
Head of the Department of Climate Policy-DIW Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Charlotte Streck
Chair of the Board of Climate Strategies; Director, Climate Focus, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Andrzej Błachowicz
Managing Director

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Henry Derwent
Senior Advisor

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Germana Canzi
Head of Programme and Marketing

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Alexandra Carr
Programme and Marketing Officer

A selection of Climate Strategies' supporters and collaborators

Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition
Uongozi Institute
World Bank
THI
Dutch minitstry
KRF
Arcellor
Oak Foundation
ICTSD
ECF
Mercator
T&F
CF
DEA
FCO
French Ministry
HC
KAS
Kei
radboud
Stanley
The Centre
TATA
CCC
BMUB2
BMUB
EC
IDDRI
DIW Berlin
DFID
DECC
CIFF
CDKN