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Wedging the Gap

Wedging the Gap is a co-ordinated effort to support the increase of climate change policy ambition and action by tracking, highlighting and strengthening the impact of cooperative initiatives. Together, these cooperative initiatives could deliver sufficient proven emissions reductions to ‘wedge the emissions gap’ left behind by policy and ensure that a 2˚C future remains viable.

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International Cooperative Initiatives – from concept to impact

15 March 2016 – The culmination of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)’s work with Ecofys for the Nordic Council of Ministers has seen the Climate Initiatives Platform (CIP) transferred to the United Nations Environment Programme.

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University of Cambridge and Ecofys report highlights emissions reduction opportunities

24 August 2015 – A new report launched today, Better Partnerships: Understanding and increasing the impact of private sector cooperative initiatives, by University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and energy consultancy Ecofys highlights the emissions reduction potential of private sector collaboration.

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Scaling up the impact of the private sector in closing the emissions gap

13 May 2015 – Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership is facilitating a series of roundtables looking at the impact of non-state actor cooperative initiatives in 'wedging the emissions gap'.

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Improving the Climate Initiatives Database

23 January 2015 – Leading experts lend their voice and thoughts to improving functionality of the climate initiative database for a wide range of users.

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What is a cooperative initiative?

12 January 2015 – The work of cooperative initiatives are becoming increasingly recognised as greenhouse gas emissions reduction becomes more and more important. But, what do we mean when we talk about ‘cooperative initiatives’?

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Climate Initiatives Database now live

12 December 2014 – The Climate Initiatives Database is an online resource for collecting and sharing data on international cooperative initiatives addressing climate change. The database is currently published in an open beta version for user review and feedback.

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Launch of international Climate Initiatives Database, COP20 Lima

8 December 2014 – The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) are in Lima, Peru for an exciting week of climate discussions as part of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP). The 20th COP is an essential milestone on the way to securing a definitive global agreement in Paris at the end of 2015.

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Publication of Enhancing the Ambition of International Cooperative Initiatives

In Spring 2014, the Nordic Council of Ministers (NOAK) published Enhancing the Ambition of International Cooperative Initiatives, co-authored by Nicolette Bartlett and Sandrine Dixson-Declève from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Nicholas Harrison, Niklas Höhne, Nadine Braun, Thomas Day and Yvonne Deng from Ecofys.

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Different strategies are required to increase impact

Supported by the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment, the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Ecofys continued reaching out and engaging with initiatives, analysing global activities and making recommendations for how ambition could be increased.

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Creating an ICI tracker

In May 2014, the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Ecofys were invited to join a meeting of negotiators from the Nordic Council of Ministers to contribute our latest findings within the project and advise them on what could be done next to increase ambition in this arena.

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