Some countries are willing to transfer significant resources to increase the speed of others’ transition to zero net emissions. Currently there is no effective, credible international mechanism that can be applied to emission reductions in all sectors, but the cooperative approaches of Article 6.2 of the Paris Agreement provide space for innovation.

A ‘climate team’ offers one model to enable host and partner countries to cooperate to genuinely reduce global emissions and enable more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions in both. It reassures hosts country about the return to their investment in emissions reductions beyond the NDC, and can leverage private investment. The large scale of a climate team facilitates the demonstration of additionality and the avoidance of carbon leakage. Climate Teams can take advantage of existing national monitoring and reporting frameworks, increasing transparency.

An international team of researchers in collaboration with climate negotiators from several countries and private sector carbon trading experts are developing this new mechanism for international climate cooperation. 

Leaders of climate team initiative:

Suzi Kerr

Ruben Lubowski

Santiago Saavedra

If you are interested in being involved please contact one of the initiative leaders.


A new approach to emissions trading in a post-Paris climate 
2018. Suzi Kerr, Catherine Leining

Transfers, self-enforcing agreements and climate cooperation 
2018. Suzi Kerr, Edmund Lou, Steffen Lippert


A mechanism for cooperation under Article 6.2 
2018. Suzi Kerr

Event: Global Climate Action Summit Breakfast: September 2018

Climate Teams Presentation – University of Pennsylvania
2019. Suzi Kerr

Korean experience with reforestation 
2018. Dong-hwan Kim, Seong-il Kim


Climate Teams: A New Model for Climate Cooperation

Climate Week virtual event, Climate Teams: A New Model for Climate Cooperation on September 23, 2020.