Part of the larger Climate Strategies project: “Making the International Trading System Work for Climate Change”, the purpose of this workshop was to shed light on the many different types of fossil fuel subsidies at play; their diverse trade implications; and options for addressing such measures through the WTO and other trade agreements. The agenda is available for download.

This event was a timely opportunity to bring together practitioners and other experts to consider how and to what extent the international trade system can contribute to meeting the international community’s climate change objectives.

The event took place on May 22nd 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop report is available for download. For further information, please email

This is the first stakeholder workshop for the European Commission, Horizon2020 funded project COP21 RIPPLES. Information about the project can be found on the official website.

The two-day event will be held on June 28th and 29th 2017, in London, UK. Further details and event agenda will be published shortly.

This is an invite only event. If you are interested in attending or would like any further information, please email

This event is part of the IDDRI and Climate Strategies-led project, funded by the KR Foundation with additional support from the European Climate Foundation.

The objective of this second project and stakeholder meeting is to:

  • Present the achievements of the project to date
  • Ensure an exchange of information between the national researchers and the global modelling exercise of the global coal market under various transition scenarios.
  • Present and discuss the national case studies being undertaken by the research teams
  • Receive feedback and advice from the advisory board

The current draft agenda is available for download.

This two-day meeting will take place in London on June 26th and 27th 2017. It is an invite only event. If you would like to attend, please email

Production of basic materials like steel, cement or aluminum is responsible for the majority of industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Yet so far national policies provide very limited support for climate friendly material production and efficient use of materials. In principle, Emission Trading Systems (ETS) were implement to provide the desired incentives, in practice carbon leakage concerns trigger free allocation of emission allowances muting the carbon price incentives for most mitigation options.

This event explored how additional policies like consumption charges on materials and innovation support can make climate policy effective for the material sector. Discussion will focus on how such approaches would benefit from international cooperation – and how they can contribute to global emission reductions.

Speakers: Karsten Neuhoff, DIW Berlin; Andrew Marquard, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Florens Flues, OECD.

Discussants: Aki Kachi, Carbon Market Watch; Fu Sha; NDRC

The side event was held in Room Kaminzimmer (113), between 16:45—18:15. Please find the agenda and presentations available for download. This event was also live streamed and  is available to view here.


Second worshop for the “materials sector” project

Monday, 23rd of January 2017

Berlin, Germany

For our project ‘The Role of Policy for a Climate Friendly Materials Sector’, we aim to explore what elements need to be put in place at the European and Member State level to allow for large scale emission reductions from material production.

In the first workshop we explored and identified the relevant issues under each of the three themes, and we came up with a preliminary set of relevant research questions.

The aim of this second workshop was to present the scope of analysis, initial approaches, and hypotheses that we aim to test. Attendees included fellow researchers and selected stakeholders, with the objective of gathering early feedback and identify opportunities for mutual support in the analysis.

The workshop was split into four sessions:

Session 1: Portfolio of mitigation opportunities 

Following opening remarks from Karsten Neuhoff (DIW Berlin), this session explored options of product innovations, process innovations, and more efficient use of materials for the major materials (cement, steel, aluminium and chemicals).

Presentations were given from Tobias Fleiter (Fraunhofer ISI) and John Barrett (University of Leeds)

Session 2: Regulatory framework and private sector choices on adoption of new technology

The second session discussed policy frameworks that can support the adoption of new technologies in a world of (regulatory) uncertainty once they have reached maturity. Policy options such as public procurement, project based carbon price guarantees, and mechanisms to ensure effective carbon pricing like inclusion of consumption, were discussed. New business models for financing were also explored and evaluated.

Presentations were given from Robert Kok (Radboud University), Jörn Richstein (DIW Berlin) and Karsten Neuhoff (DIW Berlin)

Session 3: Structure of public innovation support

This session presented policy options supporting climate friendly materials innovation, as well as challenges for their success (e.g. ensuring technology competition, time inconsistency of carbon regulation, avoiding regulatory capture).

Presentations were given from Heleen de Coninck (Radboud University), Tomas Wyns (Institute for European Studies VUB), Roland Ismer / Manuel Haussner (University of Erlangen Nürnberg) and Vera Zipperer (DIW Berlin)

Session 4: Integrating perspective and next steps

The final session combined the main points emerging from the three previous sessions into a consistent picture. Discussions followed themes of:

  • Interaction of price based and other instruments for innovation and adoption of new materials and their efficient use.
  • Instruments on innovation versus adoption of technologies


All presentations can be accessed from the download box. For more information about this workshop or the project, please contact


Climate Strategies co-hosted various side events at COP22 in Marrakesh in November 2016. Listed below are the events that took place.

We also had an exhibit at booth 19B for the entire two weeks, co-organised with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Here we presented information on our new projects, publications and events.


Climate Strategies Side Events


Monday, November 7th 2016Reducing Emissions through Consumption-based Accounting and Policies: A post-Paris Roadmap

Partner organisation: TNO, University of Cambridge (4CMR)
Time: 12:30-14:00
Location: EU pavilion, room Bratislava


Following our final workshop for the Carbon-CAP project, we held a side event presenting  an accounting system and potential policies for consumption-based carbon emissions. All presentations are available to download on the Carbon-CAP website.

Moderator: Henry Derwent (Climate Strategies)
Speakers: Arnold Tukker (TNO/Leiden University); Richard Wood (NTNU); Michael Grubb (UCL); Annela Anger-Kraavi (Cambridge Econometrics); Gilberto Arias (Former Ambassador from Panama to the UK)




Tuesday, November 8th 2016Climate Strategies 10th Anniversary Dinner with Members and Partners
Time: 19:00-22:00
Location: Restaurant Al Baraka


We held a dinner to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Climate Strategies with a number of our members and partners. Board member Michael Grubb retold how Climate Strategies first established and we discussed our most recent projects and activities.




Wednesday, November 9th 2016: Paris Agreement & country readiness – new research on ways forward*

Partner organisation: Estonia
Time: 15:00-16:30

Location: Blue zone, room Mediterranean (6)


Our UNFCCC side event was split into two parts. Firstly it addressed climate policy and action in the South Pacific region, with projects being developed by both Estonia and Climate Strategies. The second part looked at new research opportunities in international climate governance.

Moderator: Andrzej Blachowicz (Climate Strategies)
Speakers: Meelis Münt (Estonia Ministry of Environment); François Martel (Pacific Islands Development Forum); Annela Anger-Kraavi (University of Cambridge/Adviser to the Ministry of the Environment, Estonia); Henry Derwent (Climate Strategies); Sonja Klinsky (Arizona State University)

*Catch up with this event on the UNFCCC Climate Change Studio channel.


Friday, November 11th 2016: Roundtable dinner:  What could the climate community learn from transitional justice experience?

Partner organisation: Arizona State University
Time: 19:00-22:00

Location: Hotel Kenzi Club Agdal Medina


We held a roundtable dinner as the final event for our project ‘Evaluating peace and reconciliation to address historical responsibility within international climate negotiations‘. The dinner highlighted the key messages and conclusions that have arisen from the project, including feedback from key stakeholders on their perceptions of transitional justice.

Speakers: Andrzej Blachowicz (Climate Strategies); Sonja Klinsky (Arizona State University); Jasmina Brankovic (Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa); Henry Derwent (Climate Strategies)


Other side events including Climate Strategies Members


Monday, November 7th 2016: Mobilizing Climate Finance for Implementing NDCs & Low-Carbon Technology Innovation

Location: Blue zone, room Austral

Time: 13:15–14:45

CS member: Axel Michaelowa

Friday, November 11th 2016: A fair way to ‘keep it in the ground’: Addressing equity in efforts to limit fossil fuel supply

Location: Green zone

Time: 17:00–18:30

CS member: Ambuj Sagar

Saturday, November 12th 2016: Trade and Climate Change: Can International Trade Help Save the Climate?

Location: Blue zone, room Pacific

Time: 11:30-13:00

CS member: Harro van Asselt
*Catch up with this event on the UNFCCC Climate Change Studio channel.

Saturday, November 12th 2016: Transparency of Support and Support of Transparency: Taking stock of Paris and moving ahead

Location: Blue zone, room Austral

Time: 11:30-13:00

CS member: Timmons Roberts

*Catch up with this event on the UNFCCC Climate Change Studio channel.

Tuesday, November 15th 2016: The future of climate change adaptation: Promoting adaptation research and action around the world

Location: Blue zone, EU pavilion, room Brussels

Time: 10:30-12:00

CS member: Richard Klein



Final workshop of the Carbon CAP Project

Policy Roadmap and Implementation for Consumption-based Emission Accounting

Tuesday, 11th of October 2016

Thon Hotel EU, Brussels, Belgium

The Carbon-CAP research team aims to assist policy makers, businesses and consumer groups in understanding the key findings of Carbon-CAP ‘Carbon emission mitigation by Consumption-based Accounting and Policy’ on the potential of consumer-based policy instruments to reduce emissions associated with EU consumption, and to facilitate dialogue between these groups on how they can work together implementing portfolios of these instruments going forward.

The day was organised around three clusters of key findings and recommendations of the Carbon-CAP project, in the form of three panel discussions, and a less formal stakeholder session that brings together Carbon-CAP researchers and policy makers, business leaders and consumer representatives in small informal group discussions on issues of implementation.

The final agenda, speaker biographies and presentations are available for download.

Our next event for the Carbon-CAP project will be at the COP22 in Marrakesh. For more information, please see our COP22 events page.

Coal Transitions: Research and Dialogue on the Future of Coal

First stakeholder meeting

Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th of September 2016

Paris, France

Climate Strategies and The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) are launching a new, large-scale project.

The project’s main objective is to conduct research and policy dialogue on the issue of managing the transition within the coal sector in major coal using economies, as is required if climate change is to be successfully limited to 2°C.

This project brings together researchers from around the globe, including Australia, South Africa, Germany, Poland, India and China.

The workshop had two objectives, to:

  1. Present and receive feedback on the concept and work programme of the project
  2. Listen to and discuss a number of stakeholder presentations on issues of relevance to the project

This workshop was an invite-only event. The agenda and presentations are now available for download.

If you would like to contact us about the project, please email for more information.


Researcher workshop for the “materials sector” project

‘Policy design for a climate-friendly materials sector’


Friday, 16th of September 2016

Brussels, Belgium

Materials are central to our economies, but their production also causes a very large portion of industrial greenhouse gas emissions. The large, and much needed, mitigation potential – from break-through process technologies, new materials, and more efficient material use – remains largely untapped.

While there is a a need for near complete decarbonisation of the economy, change in this sector has so far been only incremental. This creates uncertainty, thus inhibiting investments and innovation.

The materials project explores what needs to happen at European Union and Member State level to incentivise large scale emission reductions from material production through developing a portfolio of innovative processes and materials and providing incentives for their efficient use.

The project is managed jointly by Climate Strategies and The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin).

The workshop addressed the broad question of:

What policies are necessary for the materials sector to successfully innovate and subsequently adopt new low-carbon technologies?

 The workshop covered the following three themes:

  1. Feasible technology pathways
  2. Incentives for technology adoption
  3. Public innovation support

The workshop agenda and a selection of presentations are available to download. Information is also available one the DIW website.

If you would like to contact us about the project, please email for more information.

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UCL Workshop: Energy and Climate Collaboration in Europe: Ways Forward

Location: French Embassy, Kensington Gardens


Climate Strategies has partnered with University College London (UCL) to support their workshop titled Energy and Climate Collaboration in Europe: Ways Forward. It will be held at the French Embassy at Kensington Gardens between 10:00 – 17:00.

The event was in collaboration with the French Embassy and with further support from the UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources and I4CE (Institute for Climate Economics).

It was the third in a series of three events organised jointly by UCL Energy Institute and the French Embassy, under the auspices of the long-established relationship between the French Embassy’s Science and Technology Department and UCL’s Grand Challenges programme, held termly through the 2015-16 academic year.


The main areas of focus to be addressed in the workshop are:

  • National strategies and domestic politics: in what ways do we need our neighbours?
  • Does carbon pricing have a role and how might it be implemented?
  • Sectoral analysis: Heat, Electricity, Energy Intensive Industries
  • Report backs, conclusions and ways forward

The evening event extended the discussion of future Energy and Climate Collaboration in Europe outside of the workshop space.

The agenda, workshop summary and presentations are now available for download. For more information about the event, please contact  Anna Martinez at: