Tracking International Cooperative Initiatives

Published: 15/10/2015

In parallel to the formal negotiations, a multitude of climate initiatives by non-state actors like cities, companies or NGOs are now engaging in efforts to address the growing emissions gap. The Nordic Council of Ministers commissioned Ecofys, CISL and the World Resource Institute to develop a database of international cooperative initiatives and explore approaches to assessing their potential impact.

This paper describes the Climate Initiatives Platform and develops criteria that can be used to more reliably assess the effectiveness of initiatives. Analysis of the contribution these initiatives can make to climate mitigation could play an important role in encouraging national governments to pledge more ambitious commitments in the run-up to COP21 in Paris later this year. Analysis of success factors in particular initiatives can also play a role in scaling up the delivery of the initiatives themselves. The paper also makes recommendations for continuing support for the database and additional activities to support an increasing use of the database to inform negotiators and other stakeholders. These recommendations are based on the assessment criteria, experience of developing and using the database and discussions with a steering group of international experts.

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