Geopolitics, Diplomacy and Security

Climate change is a geopolitical problem, impacting all countries.  Global problems demand global solutions. Climate diplomacy is how countries cooperate, or not, to deal with this complex issue.

Geopolitics, Diplomacy and Security

 

 

The Paris Agreement provides a framework for countries to act together. Building trust in this new multilateral system will lead to further cooperation and faster action.

We remain way off track to stabilise the climate. Some countries refuse to or feel unable to do their part.

We build coalitions between governments and non-state actors to give decision-makers more confidence so they feel empowered to do more to drive the global transformation to climate safety.

Ending fossil fuel use could destabilise some countries, while climate impacts threaten the survival of others. These factors impact the relationships between countries, the pace of climate action and our national security.

We work across government departments, with international organisations and alongside civil society networks in Europe, the UK and the US. Our staff have the expertise of different geographies and economic sectors.

Track record

  1. We connect real economy dynamics to diplomatic outreach to help build momentum and confidence for faster action in key sectors. We are currently supporting catalytic initiatives on cooling solutions and zero-emission transportation, drawing on our experience supporting the creation of the Powering Past Coal Alliance.

  2. With Sweden and the Stockholm International Peace and Research Institute, we spearheaded the creation of the UN Climate Security Mechanism to ensure the UN system is preparing for climate migration and conflagrations due to severe climate impacts.

  3. We helped the European Commission and Member States use climate action as the foundation of the European Green Deal, the framework for their COVID-19 response, and foothold for a bigger role on the world stage.

Focus areas

Carbon Capture and Storage

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a category of applications that could provide a critical tool for tackling emissions from industrial sources where there are currently few alternatives.

We work across the politics and policies of CCS, highlighting how it can be a disruptor of business as usual approaches and an enabler of deep decarbonisation. We engage proactively to identify how CCS can contribute to reducing emissions while ensuring its development fits within the ultimate aim of delivering climate neutrality.

Chris Littlecott

Associate Director - Fossil Fuel Transition

Johanna Lehne

Senior Policy Advisor

Ronan Palmer

Associate Director - Clean Economy

Clean Economy

Climate Diplomacy

Countries and economic actors are increasingly joining forces to achieve a safe climate. 

Effective climate diplomacy must turn support for the Paris Agreement into climate action. Our foundational thinking on climate diplomacy underpins all our work on global climate action.

Claire Healy

Director Washington DC Office

Alex Scott

Programme Leader

Tom Evans

Researcher

Private: Jennifer Tollmann

Senior Policy Advisor

Nick Mabey

Co-founding Director and Chief Executive (on sabbatical)

Jule Koenneke

Researcher

Alexandra Hackbarth

Senior Policy Advisor

Sarah Jackson

Policy Advisor

Max Gruenig

Senior Policy Advisor

Pauline Sophie Heinrichs

Policy Advisor

Climate Governance

Policymakers are devising climate strategies to reach climate neutrality. Their decisions are influenced by scientific advice, politics, public opinion and stakeholders.

Climate governance is about organising this advice, avoiding capture by incumbents and navigating the politics of the transition.

Nick Mabey

Co-founding Director and Chief Executive (on sabbatical)

Karla Hill

Associate Director - Political Economy and Governance

Shane Tomlinson

Acting CEO

Manon Dufour

Head of Brussels Office

Elisa Giannelli

Senior Policy Advisor

Ciarán Humphreys

Researcher

Climate Risk Management

Current responses to climate change are failing to manage effectively the full range of climate risks.

There is a mismatch between the analysis of the severity of climate threats and the political, diplomatic, policy and financial investment countries expend to avoid the attendant risks.

Taylor Dimsdale

Programme Director

Nick Mabey

Co-founding Director and Chief Executive (on sabbatical)

Taylor Dimsdale

Programme Director

Nick Mabey

Co-founding Director and Chief Executive (on sabbatical)

Climate Security

The Paris Agreement has made us safer – but not safe.

Growing recognition of the security and financial risks from climate change has yet to translate into policy, operations and investments. We work to modify mandates, change incentive structures and with decision makers to fix this.

Taylor Dimsdale

Programme Director

Nick Mabey

Co-founding Director and Chief Executive (on sabbatical)

Camilla Born

Senior Policy Advisor

Coal

Coal is the highest emitting and polluting fossil fuel. Coal use must decline first and fastest to prevent runaway climate change. This requires a rapid phase out of coal use in power generation plus reductions in coal use in industrial processes.

 We cooperate with civil society partners around the world to provide analysis, advice, and insight to decision makers and diplomats who are seeking to reduce coal use and accelerate clean alternatives.

Chris Littlecott

Associate Director - Fossil Fuel Transition

Leo Roberts

Research Manager

Louise Burrows

Policy Advisor

Pieter de Pous

Senior Policy Advisor

Izumi Kotani

Researcher

Jesse Burton

Senior Associate

Rebekka Popp

Policy Advisor

Camilla Fenning

Programme Leader

Oyku Senlen

Researcher

Samora Levy

Senior Policy Advisor

Fossil Fuel Transition

Gas

Gas is the fastest growing fossil fuel. The transition to a net-zero emissions world is complex, with gas playing an important role in electricity, heating and industry.

We focus on untangling national and international political economy challenges around gas by exploring energy system change, security, financial risk and non-fossil development pathways.

Lisa Fischer

Programme Leader

Elisa Giannelli

Senior Policy Advisor

Ronan Palmer

Associate Director - Clean Economy

Pieter de Pous

Senior Policy Advisor

Nick Mabey

Co-founding Director and Chief Executive (on sabbatical)

Simon Skillings

Senior Associate

Manon Dufour

Head of Brussels Office

Private: Cora Herwartz

Policy Advisor

Euan Graham

Senior Researcher

Geopolitics

The geopolitical landscape is in flux in the wake of COVID-19 and its cascading impacts; some major powers are pursuing greater isolation; and multilateralism is under attack.

The immediate task is to strengthen alliances and make the case for global cooperation – climate safety our work depends on it.

Claire Healy

Director Washington DC Office

Alex Scott

Programme Leader

Tom Evans

Researcher

Nick Mabey

Co-founding Director and Chief Executive (on sabbatical)

Alexandra Hackbarth

Senior Policy Advisor

Byford Tsang

Senior Policy Advisor

Belinda Schäpe

Researcher

Julian Havers

Programme Leader

Geopolitics, Diplomacy and Security

International Financial Institutions

International public financial institutions have a unique and vital role in the global transition to climate safety.

Our work focuses on the politics and governance of these institutions, and in assessing their progress in aligning with the Paris Agreement.

Sonia Dunlop

Programme Leader

James Hawkins

Research Manager

Dileimy Orozco

Senior Policy Advisor

Iskander Erzini Vernoit

Senior Associate

Johannes Schroeten

Policy Advisor

Enrique Madereel

Senior Researcher

Just Transition

Limiting global heating to 1.5°C – 2°C degrees requires rapid and deep decarbonisation of the global economy.

The necessary transformation provides a large opportunity for a green economy, but also comes with significant social and economic challenges for affected communities. It is essential therefore to ensure that any transition is just and equitable.

Rebekka Popp

Policy Advisor

Pieter de Pous

Senior Policy Advisor

Jesse Burton

Senior Associate

Namita Kambli

Senior Researcher

Oil

Oil currently plays a central role in many parts of the global economy, from transport to plastics, yet its use must significantly be reduced over the coming decades if we are to reach decarbonisation goals.

Disentangling the economy from oil is pivotal to achieving a 1.5°C – 2°C world.

Lisa Fischer

Programme Leader

Dileimy Orozco

Senior Policy Advisor

Shane Tomlinson

Acting CEO

Place-Based Transitions

Place-Based Transitions encompass decarbonisation and adaptation to a warming world at local level, and are about securing people-centred benefits – just transition, affordable healthy homes, workplaces and cities, vibrant and circular local economies, inclusion and participation – that are possible with the building of the distributed, ‘small’ infrastructures, such as energy efficiency, smart clean heating and cooling, that the net zero transition requires.

We work with partners and in coalitions, through thought leadership, policy and political engagement, for institutional, financial, fiscal and regulatory reforms that accelerate place-based transitions consistent with meeting climate targets and social needs.

Pedro Guertler

Programme Leader

Larissa Gross

Research Manager

Colm Britchfield

Researcher

Ed Matthew

Campaigns Director

Juliet Phillips

Senior Policy Advisor

Adeline Rochet

Senior Policy Advisor

Namita Kambli

Senior Researcher

Roxana Dela Fiamor

Researcher

Vilislava Ivanova

Senior Researcher

Maria Pastukhova

Senior Policy Advisor

James Hawkins

Research Manager

Political Economy and Governance

Political Economy Mapping

Understanding and shaping climate transition politics is key to overcoming the challenges of delivering a climate-safe future.

Our Political Economy Mapping Methodology (PEMM) assesses opportunities and threats to countries from the transition, supporting better development choices and building confidence and legitimacy to increase climate ambition.

Shane Tomlinson

Acting CEO

James Hawkins

Research Manager

Dahlia Al Sharif

Senior Policy Advisor

Karla Hill

Associate Director - Political Economy and Governance

Lía Flattery

Policy Advisor

Political Insights

Understanding the state of climate politics is crucial to drive change forward. Our work on political insights provides thought leadership and analysis to connect the politics with the policy.

From tracking major trends in different geographies, to understanding how climate relates to broader issues such as trade, security and health, our insights enable decision makers to be at the cutting edge.

Nick Mabey

Co-founding Director and Chief Executive (on sabbatical)

Shane Tomlinson

Acting CEO

Lucie Mattera

Head Brussels Office (interim) & EU Politics

Tom Burke

Co-founding Director and Chairman

Manon Dufour

Head of Brussels Office

Brick Medak

Head of Berlin Office

Ed Matthew

Campaigns Director

Regulation and Systems Transitions

Delivering net-zero emissions will depend on the way we govern and regulate economic activities. This new challenge requires new approaches.

We work with partners to provide thought leadership and practical proposals to re-shape governance and regulation frameworks in the EU and elsewhere.

Lisa Fischer

Programme Leader

Ronan Palmer

Associate Director - Clean Economy

Simon Skillings

Senior Associate

Johanna Lehne

Senior Policy Advisor

Juliet Phillips

Senior Policy Advisor

Léa Pilsner

Policy Advisor

Adeline Rochet

Senior Policy Advisor

Colm Britchfield

Researcher

Maria Pastukhova

Senior Policy Advisor

Namita Kambli

Senior Researcher

Pauline Sophie Heinrichs

Policy Advisor

Raphael Hanoteaux

Senior Policy Advisor

Vilislava Ivanova

Senior Researcher

Resilience

Systematic governance reforms are necessary for delivering robust infrastructure resilience to future climate change, climate policy and associated technological changes.

Reforms need rapid implementation to avoid the next generation of infrastructure having vulnerability built-in, risking trillions of dollars of value as well as high levels of development and social impacts.

Nick Mabey

Co-founding Director and Chief Executive (on sabbatical)

Taylor Dimsdale

Programme Director

Ronan Palmer

Associate Director - Clean Economy

Private: Jennifer Tollmann

Senior Policy Advisor

Risk and Resilience

Strategies and Policies

The global financial system is currently biased towards short-term goals at the expense of long-term opportunities and risks.

Policy change can accelerate the transition to a sustainable global economy and align the system to people’s values. Our work develops and encourages high impact reforms in Europe as well as in national and international jurisdictions.

Kate Levick

Associate Director - Sustainable Finance

Dileimy Orozco

Senior Policy Advisor

Iskander Erzini Vernoit

Senior Associate

Tsvetelina Kuzmanova

Policy Advisor

Heather McKay

Policy Advisor

George Triggs

Senior Associate

Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Senior Associate

Sustainable Finance

System Reform

We focus on the national and international governance of climate-related financial risk, and the integration of climate change into macroeconomic thinking. This includes looking at the role of finance ministries and central banks, and at the relationship between finance and climate policy.

Kate Levick

Associate Director - Sustainable Finance

Dileimy Orozco

Senior Policy Advisor

Sima Kammourieh

Senior Policy Advisor

Melanie Brusseler

Senior Researcher

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