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

Climate change mitigation costs differ widely across different countries. Countries with high marginal abatement costs are willing to transfer significant resources to increase the speed of transition to zero net emissions in countries with lower marginal costs. Currently there is no effective, credible international mechanism promoting 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 a new model to enable host and partner countries to cooperate to genuinely reduce global emissions and enable more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions in both. It can reassure host countries about the return to their investment in emissions reductions beyond the NDC and 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 a new mechanism for international climate cooperation.

Climate change mitigation costs differ widely across different countries. Countries with high marginal abatement costs are willing to transfer significant resources to increase the speed of transition to zero net emissions in countries with lower marginal costs. Currently there is no effective, credible international mechanism promoting 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 a new model to enable host and partner countries to cooperate to genuinely reduce global emissions and enable more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions in both. It can reassure host countries about the return to their investment in emissions reductions beyond the NDC and 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.

The project considers Chile as a host country and Switzerland and New Zealand as partner countries. These countries share a history of trust, climate ambition, and complementarity with regards to the availability of resources and low-cost emission reduction potential. There

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Climate Teams a new model for climate cooperation

Axel Michaelowa

Senior Founding Partner, Perspectives Climate Group

Axel Michaelowa holds a PhD in Economics and has worked on international climate policy instruments and the UNFCCC process since 1994. From 1999 to 2006, he was head of the Research Programme ”International Climate Policy” at the Hamburg Institute of International

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