Mapping of International Climate Initiatives and Coalitions

  • Project no.252324
  • Duration 12/2020 - 02/2021

The ambition levels of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are currently insufficient for reaching the global target of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, let alone the aspiration to stop warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. Over the past 15 years, Parties to the UNFCCC have increasingly been joined by smaller groups of states (sometimes referred to as "clubs"), as well as, thousands of cities, regions, companies, and civil society organisations aiming to close this gap. These "non-Party" actors often collaborate with Parties in international climate initiatives and their potential to reduce emissions is substantial.

The project will support the European Commission in navigating the emerging landscape of international climate initiatives and coalitions. The overall objective is to inform future decisions regarding the European Commission engagement in international climate initiatives and coalitions, including the assessment of joining, dropping, taking a leading role or creating new initiatives and/or provide support to enable individual key initiatives to effectively play their expected role.

The objectives will be reached by providing a mapping of international climate initiatives. The mapping will be used to analyse the existing landscape of initiatives and provide actionable advice on which initiatives to engage and how.

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