Climate Diplomacy

We create and implement strategies to strengthen international climate cooperation.

The Climate Advisers team has decades of experience in U.S., transatlantic, and global climate policy and diplomacy, working to implement strategies on international climate cooperation, including through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement, and bilateral/multilateral climate finance programs with a goal to develop the netzero emissions economy in the United States and around the world. Our diplomacy team specializes in breakthrough ideas informed by a deep understanding of complex policy and political challenges.  We work with clients – ranging from Government actors, private sector companies to NGOs – who share our vision of a clean, sustainable future, which includes achieving the goals set forth by the Paris Agreement.

The Climate Advisers team has decades of experience in U.S., transatlantic, and global climate policy and diplomacy, working to implement strategies on international climate cooperation.

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Case studies

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Climate Advisers serves as the secretariat of the Consortium for Climate Aligned Trade (CCAT), an informal coalition of researchers and think tanks in the G7 community. These researchers bring extensive expertise in climate and trade policies. CCAT members understand  meeting global climate goals will depend in significant part on whether trade policy helps rapidly decarbonize energy intensive industrial sectors. Climate-aligned trade rules are needed to accelerate climate solutions in these sectors by promoting innovation, reducing costs, and stimulating demand for clean goods. Smart climate and trade policies are also needed to accelerate markets for green goods, minimize carbon leakage, and increase climate ambition. CCAT has recently published recommendations for G7 action to establish climate-aligned trade and is actively engaging governments worldwide to encourage aligning trade policies to achieve climate and economic goals simultaneously. 

In the lead up to the landmark Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, Climate Advisers was at the forefront of convincing stakeholders from the NGO, government and media communities that reaching net zero emissions or carbon neutrality by mid-century was absolutely essential to limiting global temperatures to safe levels. Working with modeling group Climate Interactive, we ran Monte Carlo simulations showing that all major economies had to reach net zero emissions by mid-century in order to stay below 2 degrees celsius (and to maintain the possibility of keeping temperatures below 1.5 degrees celsius). Our joint work helped shift the terms of the debate so that by the UN climate summit in Glasgow in 2021 most major countries and companies were adopting mid century carbon neutrality goals.

Climate Advisers has helped bring together partners from the United States and Europe to promote cooperation on key transatlantic climate issues. In the first few months of the Biden administration, Climate Advisers helped European partners prepare for the policy shift that was to come, identifying areas for continued dialogue and policy progress. Our diplomacy team has continued this work through dedicated projects focusing on transatlantic cooperation in the areas of trade, industrial decarbonization, climate finance, climate ambition and others, forging cooperation through innovative ideas, dialogue, and policy recommendations. We work with international partners including the Atlantic Council, adelphi, the European Union, Germany and the United Kingdom, among others.

Working with partners at the Atlantic Council and Georgetown Law School, Climate Advisers is helping to create a strong transatlantic consensus on industrial decarbonization policy and its relation to trade rules as an essential prerequisite to forging a broader consensus among major global players. The project promotes transatlantic policy dialogue on key issues in the industrial sector, and helps to define a path forward with multi stakeholder support, including from business, labor, and the climate community.

In addition to our work in climate and energy diplomacy, Climate Advisers has a broad program focusing on promoting diplomatic solutions in the forests, food and land sector. In 2021, Climate Advisers helped the UK Government in designing and delivering the COP26 Leaders Summit on Forests and Land Use, including the Glasgow Leaders Declaration endorsed by over 140 countries. Our team worked directly with the UK COP26 Presidency on the strategy to deliver real breakthroughs at COP26, and with other governments and key non-government actors to implement that strategy. The outcome included $20 billion committed by governments to end deforestation, along with actions by investors, financial regulators, commodity traders that signaled a fundamental transformation of the drivers of deforestation.

Climate Advisers provides bespoke analysis on U.S. and global climate policy for Washington, DC-based and international stakeholders on a subscription basis. Our Climate Intel report series provides in-depth ongoing analysis on timely climate policy issues as they arise. Our expert analysts evaluate the important policy and regulatory changes and what their implications are. Climate Intel gives its readers expert analysis on international climate negotiations, developments on Capitol Hill, latest trends at the state level, and implications of changes in energy markets. The reports are timely and tailored to specific client needs as a consulting service.