Our History

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


With a group of institutions, we started operating the Secretariat of  the European Commission’s Initiative for Coal Regions in Transition. We continued this cutting-edge work on the Just Transition by bringing stakeholders together at COP25 to understand the barriers to implementation in low-income countries. With institutions in Europe, South Africa, Brazil, India and Indonesia, we launched a the SNAPFI project research project to align climate finance with the increasing ambition of national climate plans (NDCs). Further, Climate Strategies, together with world-class research institutions across Europe, established the Climate Friendly Materials Platform, which brings together policymakers, industry representatives, practitioners in industrial decarbonisation with goal to successfully decarbonise the European basic materials sector.


Always pushing to better inform policy-makers, we launched a project in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE Frontier) to improve European climate policies in the two sectors not covered by the ETS: transport and building. We further sought to create a clear understanding of the opportunities and risks of negative emission reduction technologies in our project NET-RAPIDO, to better inform the contentious debates around NET deployment. We also held our 4th year of the Global Climate Policy Conference held in São Paulo, Brazil, which looked to harness research to boost ambition and transparency in climate action, particularly within the Latin America region. We also worked with our network of members to develop three briefings to guide action after the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) was published, to help policymakers better understand the implications of SR15 for NDCs and global climate policy.


We launched our new European Commission project, which took the next steps in understanding practical pathways on implementing the Paris Agreement. We further launched two major reports on trade and climate action, analysing the implications of fossil fuel subsidies for climate and the options for border carbon adjustments, explored in detail with key stakeholder events in Geneva and COP23. Our Coal Transitions project brought key information to policy-makers through analysis of historical transitions within the coal sector.


We launched a number of agenda-setting research projects and engaging key decision-makers with progressing understanding of a Just Transition within the coal sector, developing trade rules which further climate ambition and implementing peace and reconciliation processes within climate negotiations. We took to Dar es Salaam to host the third edition of the Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC), collaborating with the Uongozi Institute and Konrad Adenauer Foundation.


This pivotal year for climate action saw us host 5 events on at COP21 in Paris, hosting a number of events on cutting-edge approaches such as climate clubs and mitigation policy in China. We further convened two large conferences in Berlin and London bringing together key stakeholders to explore the contentious and topical debate on the Energy Union, with the release of a special issue of the Climate Policy Journal. We hosted our  2nd Global Climate Policy Conference in New Delhi, the first hosted in the Global South, in collaboration with the Stanley Foundation.


We 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 halting a global climate deal in the UNFCCC process. At our Global Climate Policy Conference, researchers and policy makers discussed how to unblock the negotiation processes. A new project called Global Research -Policy Interface Climate 2015 dug deeper into climate negotiations ahead of COP21 in Paris.


For the first time, we joined group of institutions to launch projects on consumption-based carbon accounting, and identifying a process to bridge knowledge gaps in climate policy making. 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.


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, we focused on informing policy ‘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.


After COP15 in Copenhagen, governments were re-evaluating climate action. We saw this as an opportunity to inject fresh ideas, including major projects on ‘Competitiveness and Leakage issues, ‘Sectoral Approaches’, and ‘Climate Innovation Centres’. Our ‘Carbon Pricing for Low-Carbon Investment’ project influenced the UK HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs Consultation on Carbon Price Floor debate. We launched our biggest pan-European landmark study, ‘Examining the Case for the EU to Set More Ambitious 2020 Emissions Reductions Targets’.


Our swiftly growing relevance to policy makers was recognised through increased international government funding. Highlights were our cutting-edge reports 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’.


Our work on the EU ETS provided crucial input to the European Commission’s decisions implementation plan. 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.