Enhancing Ambition through International Cooperative Initiatives

Published: 23/04/2014

International Cooperative Initiatives (ICIs) hold significant promise for raising the level of emission reduction ambition needed to close the global emissions gap to 2020. This report by Ecofys and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership investigates the impact ICIs could have on national and international climate change commitments.

Ranging from global dialogues and formal multilateral processes to implementation initiatives, the study examines the ICIs potential across key thematic areas including: renewable energy, energy efficiency, fossil fuel subsidy reform, mitigating fluorinated greenhouse gases, reducing deforestation and managing short-lived climate pollutants.

The report also considers a number of technical and institutional issues such as how to ensure addi-tionality from the impact of ICIs, what potential ICIs could present as a channel for climate finance and what role the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other organisations could play. It concludes that there are a range of ICIs already making an important contribution to emission reductions globally. Many have potential to scale-up their activities and could offer promising new channels for public climate finance.

The report was commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers and is available at: norden.org

Please find additional insights in Ecofys’ Wedging the Gap concept which assesses the potential impact of 21 coherent global mitigation initiatives.

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Kornelis Blok
Yvonne Deng
Climate Strategies and Policies
Enhancing ambition through International Cooperative Initiatives (c) Norden