Market instruments for more ambitious climate action: how to adjust national policies in a bilateral or global market?

Tuesday, 22nd of May 2018

Mexico City, Mexico

The Climate Initiative of Mexico (ICM) and Climate Strategies will be holding a roundtable discussion: Market instruments for more ambitious climate action: how to adjust national policies in a bilateral or global market?.

With the participation of Prof. Michael Mehling, Deputy Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Member of Climate Strategies and specialist in the subject, the objective of the discussion is to establish an enriching dialogue on how to promote the development of market instruments in the climatic action. This discussion is aimed at actors with an interest in international trade, climate policies, tax and subsidies for fossil fuels, and the Emissions Trading System.

The event will take place 10:00 – 13:00 on May 22nd  at the offices of the ICM. For more information about the event, please email

*This roundtable is part of the Climate Strategies project, “Making the International Trading System Work for Climate Change” funded by the KR Foundation.  Further information can be found on the project webpage.

4th Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC)
‘Harnessing Research for Climate Ambition and Transparency’

16th – 17th August 2018

São Paulo, Brazil

Climate Strategies (CS), Instituto Clima et Sociedade (ICS), Iniciativa Climática de Mexico (ICM) and Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Regional Programme on Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America (EKLA-KAS) are pleased to announce the 4th Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC) under the working title: Harnessing Research for Climate Ambition and Transparency, to be held in August 2018 in São Paulo, Brazil.

The aim of the GCPC 2018 is to identify and explore the challenges and opportunities faced as countries implement their NDCs under the Paris Agreement and transition towards low-carbon development.

We invite researchers to submit their ideas to the GCPC, in the form of abstracts. Submitted abstracts should focus on the following thematic areas:

  • Governance structures to support the implementation and progressive strengthening of NDCs;
  • Climate benefits of and emission reductions from land use, land use change and forestry;
  • Scaling up and ensuring the efficient allocation of climate finance and investment;
  • Policy frameworks to promote the deployment and sustainable integration of renewable energy;
  • Aligning climate and trade agendas at the regional and international level;
  • Advancing sustainable mobility and low-carbon public transport in megacities;
  • Strategies for robust climate adaptation and resilient infrastructure;
  • Implementing the Gender Action Plan – Methodologies for assessing gender impact on climate policy.

Submitting an Abstract

Full details on the call for submission is available to download in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Please submit your abstracts in the form of a short, one page description in English, by sending an email to

Deadline for submissions is the 18th of May 2018 and submission of any text after this date will not be considered.

Attending the Conference

You are welcome to register your interest in attending the GCPC by filling our the ‘Registration of Interest’ form, and forward this event to any researchers in your networks who may be interested in the event.

Please note that due to limitations, travel grants are restricted to those presenting at the conference. Other attendees will be required to cover their travel costs.

For any further information or questions, please contact

2nd Workshop for the Climate Friendly Materials (CFM) Platform Workshop

Friday, 16th of March 2018

Berlin, Germany

Continuing on from the 1st workshop held in October 2017, the 2nd workshop served to discuss the current impact of available individual policy instruments that can impact the three decision modes for sustainable development in the basic materials sector (i.e. engagement and mandates, markets and prices, strategic investment) and enhance multiple mitigation options.

The workshop comprised of 4 sessions:

Session 1: Experience from individual policy instruments. This session discussed individual policy instruments with the objective to assess i) experience of the instrument in use; ii) how the instrument impacts decisions; and iii) what mitigation options the instrument can support.

Session 2: How to define a policy package to address the mitigation options? This session first discussed the criteria for good design of policy package for the material sector and second, if a subset of potential policy instruments can be sufficient to unlock individual mitigation options (based on this criteria).

Session 3 – What are trade-offs between instruments in a policy package? This session tested whether, in an (existing) policy package, trade-offs between different policy instrument can be better assessed, with on three examples.

Session 4 – How do policies interact in a package? This session aimed to address what help is needed to explain the logic of a policy package and to manage its implementation to support the portfolio of mitigation options.

The event brought together input from a range of stakeholders, including government and industry stakeholders, for feedback into the platforms’ research. A summary of the workshop will be available to download shortly.

This was an invite-only event. For more information about this workshop or the project, please contact us at:

How to make International Trade Policy Supportive of the Paris Agreement

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
14.00 – 15.30
Room 511 at the NGO Centre (CCK Cultural Centre), Buenos Aires, Argentina


The adoption of the Paris Agreement 2015 has created a new context for the interface between climate change and trade policy. Various national policy measures with trade consequences are contemplated in nationally determined contributions (NDCs), with international trade as a facilitator for achieving numerous climate goals. Moreover, calls for trade measures have intensified following the announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Agreement.

Trade rules and environmental protection should be made mutually supportive, in particular with a view to climate change. In light of recent developments both in the trade and in the climate regimes, there is a need to explore new potentials and pitfalls of the trade and climate policy nexus.

Against this background, this side event seeks to contribute to improving the understanding of the interface between trade and climate change policy. As leaving the fate of climate action to the WTO’s dispute system creates uncertainty, a set of general regulatory options that have been identified for trade and climate policy makers to pursue will be presented and discussed. Furthermore, institutional and procedural aspects of future interactions between the regimes of the UN, WTO and regional free trade agreements are elaborated. Last but not least, we will highlight the role of Argentina and the EU for bringing about mutual supportiveness.

The agenda is available to download.

COP23 Schedule

Climate Strategies co-hosted various side events at COP23 in Bonn, in November 2017. Please find an overview of the events below.

We will also had an exhibit for the entire two weeks, co-hosted with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). Here we presented updates on our projects, publications and events.

International Climate Governance and the Role of the EU in the Implementation of the Paris Agreement

Tuesday, November 7th 2017
Time: 10:00 – 11:30
Location: EU Pavilion

The event presented recent work for the ongoing COP21 RIPPLES project, focused on low-carbon transition and socio-economic implications of the Paris Agreement and the role of international climate governance.

All presentations and further information can be found on the project event page.

Policy Design for a Climate-Friendly Materials Sector

Tuesday, November 7th 2017
Time: 14:30 – 16:00
Location: UK Pavilion

The event presented three cases from industry experts from the steel, cement and chemical sectors, providing comments on the challenges faced for decarbonisation and innovation in these sectors. This was followed by presentations from experts on policy options that governments can implement. The event was concluded with a discussion of what policy mix is necessary to facilitate climate friendly options in the basic materials sector.

The agenda and presentations are available for download.


The Role of Trade Policy in the Post-Paris Climate World

Wednesday, November 8th 2017
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Location: DIE, Interconnections Zones

This side-event focused on the relationship between international trade and climate change policy. It presented options on how research can contribute to improving the understanding of the interface between trade and climate change policy.

The agenda and presentations are available for download.


Roundtable Dinner: Making the International Trade System more Supportive of the Paris Agreement

Friday, November 10th 2017
Time: 18:30 – 21:00
Location: Restaurant Konrad’s, Bonn Marriott World Conference Hotel

This Roundtable Dinner brought together practitioners and researchers for an in-depth discussion, focusing on options related to border carbon adjustments, fossil fuel subsidies, as well as options addressing institutional relations between climate and trade.


  • Cleo Verkuijl (SEI) – Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies through International Trade Agreements
  • Michael Mehling (MIT) – Designing Border Carbon Adjustments (BCA’s) that Work for the Climate

Implementing Coal Transitions to Raise Climate Ambition*  

Wednesday, November 15th 2017
Time: 11:30 – 13:00
Location: Bonn Zone, Room 9 (100)

This event presented and discussed emerging insights from this ongoing project ‘Coal Transitions’. It explores the implications and aims to make policy recommendations for implementing coal transition strategies that are “+2°C-compatible” in six major producing and/consuming countries. Discussion included feedback from a trade unions perspective on Just Transition.


Thursday, 19th of October 2017

Crozet, France (Close to Geneva)

The adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015 created a new context for the interface between climate change and trade policy. Various measures with trade consequences are contemplated in the national climate pledges put forward under the Agreement, and calls for trade measures have intensified following the announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Agreement.

This changing context draws attention to the role of the international trading system in the response to climate change, including the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as regional and plurilateral trade agreements. Though much emphasis has been placed on how international trade rules could conflict with climate policies in the wake of the rulings on renewable energy subsidies, this workshop seeks to explore how the trading system could make a positive contribution towards achieving climate objectives.

The workshop brought together practitioners and researchers from the climate and trade communities for an in-depth and substantive discussion, focusing on options related to border carbon adjustments, fossil fuel subsidies, as well as options addressing institutional relations between climate and trade. The workshop will present interim findings on those options from an ongoing Climate Strategies project, with a view to informing and engaging trade and climate policy-makers.

The agenda and presentations are available to download. Two policy briefs, on tackling fossil fuel subsidies and designing border carbon adjustments for climate, are available to download.

For more information about the project, please visit the project webpage or contact us at:

Friday, 20th of October 2017

Berlin, Germany

Building on our existing project ‘The Role of Policy for a Climate Friendly Materials Sector’, we held a workshop to officially launch the Climate Friendly Materials (CFM) platform.

At this workshop, we explored 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.

Based on the feedback received during the course of the project, the workshop comprised two elements:

Part 1: How can public policy makers decide on what technologies/projects to support?

We will explore how programmes and projects can be designed to achieve the desired learning benefit, both for technology providers and for users. This involves the question: “How to make decisions on awarding support to reflect for example the potential for global diffusion of low-carbon technologies or the transformation potential as anticipated for example in sector road maps?“.

Part 2: How to design public financial support to stimulate private innovation investments that contribute to transformation? 

We will discuss a set of the questions on this topic, including:

  • Can funding-schemes topping-up private investments rely on private commitment and thus reduce public information requirements (to enhance reliability for commercial projects)?
  • Could these schemes contribute to diffusion of learning experience beyond the specific commercial interest?
  • How can financing instruments be results-oriented to ensure innovation being on track with long-term sustainability strategies?
  • Which financial instruments are most appropriate for what type of projects?
  • How far should funding go  and what are the incentives from funding strategies?

This is an invite only event. For more information about this workshop or the project, or if you are interested in attending this event, please contact us at:

On October 3rd, in Katowice (Silesia, Poland) stakeholders of the regional development and coal sector will discuss the future of their region.

Silesia is a Polish region where, until recently, the mining sector was one of the strongest pillars of economic development. The region will be particularly vulnerable to structural changes to the industry, the labour market and the energy sector.

The meeting discussed the just transition in Polish regions whose economies are based on coal, with a special focus on Silesia. It highlighted the lessons learned from past industrial restructurings, assessing how to better prepare for upcoming changes, both in the social and economic spheres.

The main objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Discuss the challenges and policy options for a just coal phase-out in Poland;
  • Ensure an exchange of information between local industry/ business experts and researchers.

This event is part of the IDDRI and Climate Strategies-led project, co-organised with the Polish partner of the project – the Institute for Structural Research (IBS). It is funded by the KR Foundation, with additional support from the European Climate Foundation.

This was an invite only event. For further information, please email:

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