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Breaking the Climate Deadlock

Breaking the Climate Deadlock

Breaking the Climate Deadlock was a joint initiative of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and The Climate Group. Launched in March 2008, its objective was to help build support for an ambitious new global climate deal in Copenhagen in December 2009 and its subsequent implementation.

Combining the high-level advocacy of Mr Blair, with a suite of expert reports, briefing papers and public engagement activities, the initiative highlighted how a fair and effective global deal can be built and the benefits that it would provide.

For more information and to download reports and papers click on the tabs below.

News and speeches

Highlights


Jan 1, 2010        Read the December edition of our quarterly newsletter

Dec 13, 2009      Just published: Breaking the Climate Deadlock: Doing the Deal: Key Elements for a Copenhagen Climate Agreement

Sept 21, 2009     Read Cutting the Cost: The Economic Benefits of Collaborative Action on Climate Change

Jul 30, 2009       Read the July edition of our quarterly newsletter

Jul 6,  2009        Our new report shows how world leaders can tackle climate change with technology

Apr 17, 2009      Read the April edition of our quarterly newsletter

Mar 24, 2009     Mr Blair meets with Chinese premier on climate change (Xinhua News)

Mar 5, 2009       Greater China Director Changhua Wu blogs for UNFCCC Climate Thinkers

Jan 21, 2009      Mr Blair addresses MASDAR 2009 Future World Energy Summit 2009

Audio


March 2008       The Climate Group's CEO Steve Howard talks about the initiative.

 

Briefing Papers

As part of this initiative, we commissioned papers from world-leading experts in their fields. These papers provide in-depth but accessible analysis on many of the key issues, technologies and policies that can inform the international negotiation process.

Technology 


 

Policies, markets and institutions


 

Science, economics and adaptation


Read our reports

We've published three major reports as part of this initiative.

And on Sunday December 13, 2009, Tony Blair launched the latest publication of Breaking the Climate Deadlock: Doing the Deal: Key Elements for a Copenhagen Climate Agreement.

Cutting the Cost: The Economic Benefits of Collaborative Climate Action  


Using economic models, Cutting the Cost shows that a concerted global effort on climate change yields greater benefits for all major economies, than if nations were to go it alone.

The report was launch during Climate Week NYC and the UN climate summit in September 2009.

Its findings show:

  • Increasing international collaboration dramatically cuts the price of carbon
  • Collaborative action positively impacts both employment levels, and GDP, even under ambitious emission reduction regimes
  • Important 'first mover advantages' for earlier adopter countries.

 Read the full report or the executive summary.

Technology for a Low Carbon Future


Technology for a Low Carbon Future was launched in June 2009 to coincide with the G8 Summit in L'Aquila, Italy.

The report shows that we can achieve 70% of emission reductions needed by 2020 by using technologies that already exist and by addressing deforestation.

The report identifies: 

  • The carbon-saving potential of existing and emerging technologies
  • Investment needs and risk management
  • Sectors critical for action
  • Essential deliverables for a global deal in December 2009

Read the full report or the executive summary.

A Global Deal for Our Low Carbon Future


Submitted to the 2008 G8 Summit in Toyako, Japan, A Global Deal for Our Low Carbon Future targets policy makers, business leaders and opinion formers in the major industrialized and rapidly developing economies.

The report identifies the ten core building blocks of a global deal.

In three parts, it covers:

  • Why global action on climate change is both critical and sensible
  • The ten core building blocks for a global deal
  • Actions the G8 could take to show real climate leadership

 Read the full report in English, Chinese or JapaneseExecutive summary also available.

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