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

last modified May 19, 2015 05:33 PM
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'.

As part of a project for the German government building on previous work, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Ecofys are currently carrying out research looking at the impact (both current and potential) of a small group of private-sector cooperative initiatives in helping to reduce emissions.

A series of five case studies will be produced including a coherent analysis of the initiatives’ current and potential future emission reductions, as well as analysing barriers to, and opportunities for, scaling up their impact. These initiatives are:

  • The Cement Sustainability Initiative
  • The Consumer Goods Forum and the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020
  • En.lighten
  • Refrigerants Naturally!
  • WWF Climate Savers 

CISL continues to actively engage with stakeholders involved in these and other initiatives through a series of interviews and roundtables.

The first roundtable, held in May, bought together various initiative stakeholders, including governments, experts and funders to identify areas of common interest, explore potential solutions to barriers and opportunities for scaling up, and to further refine the case study findings. A robust and informative discussion was had by all, with the results of this analysis being published soon.

The second roundtable, dubbed the 'Collaboration Hothouse' aims to help private-sector led initiatives to scale up impact, identify and remove barriers to scaling up, showcase the potential for supporting promising initiatives, and identify potential gaps where new initiatives could be seeded.

We encourage anybody with a stake in the work of cooperative initiatives to register your interest in attending the Innovation Hothouse event. We are particularly interested to hear from people with an issue or problem they feel could be solved by a facilitated process convening appropriate stakeholders and experts. You could be a government, funder, member of the private sector, an initiative secretariat, looking to seed a new initiative, and/or wishing to scale up and strengthen your existing initiative.

To register your interest, or for further information, please contact

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David Webb

Programme Manager