2021 Annual Report Climate Strategies

Here are some of the highlights of Climate Strategies' work in 2021. For a complete overview, download the full version of our 2021 Annual Report.


It is our great pleasure to present the 2021 Annual Report. For the first time the Report is a public document, showcasing our research and work with policymakers.

Across the board, 2021 has been a terrific year for Climate Strategies. Our project portfolio has grown and become ever more impactful. Examples include a pioneering project on fossil fuel transitions in the North Sea and Russia, Just Transition in the Global South, CCUS in industrial clusters, global climate finance, and complexity energy modelling. Each has a fine combination of partners, research excellence, policy impact, and media attention.

Climate Strategies’ success is, as ever, a function of an engaged membership working hand in glove with a dedicated secretariat. The latter has grown to eight members, across our offices in London and The Hague. We are proud that both the membership and secretariat are increasingly representative of the world we are working to defend.

The Covid-19 pandemic and COP26 have re-confirmed (if confirmation was required) the importance of urgently tackling the global climate crisis. Climate Strategies has always promoted solutions with the engagement of all interested stakeholders. Our approach of enabling researchers to place impact at the heart of their research work in order to catalyse climate action through the provision of robust evidence into decision making is more needed than ever.

We are inviting all of you to join our initiatives and actively propose new challenging topics, where research-based intervention can make a difference.

Highlights from 2021

Decarbonising the EU basic materials sector

In January, we kicked off the year with a dialogue on net-zero industrial innovation. Later this year, the Climate Friendly Materials Platform released proposals for a policy package that creates incentives for EU industry to tackle climate change.

In March, the NET-Rapido project released a report with recommendations for scaling up carbon removal technologies. At COP26, researchers from the project presented findings on financing and governance of these technologies.

6 areas for climate action in this decisive decade

In April, we released a report setting out the six big climate action changes needed before 2030. Critical Junctions on the Journey to 1.5°C: The Decisive Decade. The report was commissioned by the Mission 2020 campaign.

Scaling up climate finance

In April, the Green Climate Fund released a report on scaling up climate finance in the context of Covid-19. The report was a collaboration between the GCF, IPCC authors, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements and Climate Strategies. At COP26, we organised an event to present key findings and a new concept to create a circle of trust between key financial decision-makers.

There's no one size fits all approach to just transitions. That's one of the key findings of a report we released in July on just transitions in developing countries.

Building on this research, the South to South Transitions programme will investigate just transitions in nine developing countries around the globe.

Climate finance to accelerate domestic climate action

The SNAPFI project published new analysis in July on ways international climate finance can support domestic climate action.

Researchers from the project also presented their key findings during an EU side event at COP26.

The EU-funded C4U project develops new methods to drastically cut emissions from steel and iron production. It also looks at societal, economic and political aspects of carbon capture, use and storage.

Next to various new research publications, project team members shared their findings during two events at COP26.

Advancing Russia's energy transition

To cut emissions, Russia will need to start planning for a coal transition. In a report released in September, we examine the prospects for such a transition.

Launched at the end of the year, the new phase of the project will continue to work with Russian and global researchers to look at various aspects of the country's energy transition.

If there's one region that must lead the transition from oil and gas, it is the North Sea. Our Oil and Gas Transitions initiative (co-led by Stockholm Environment Institute) investigates how Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom can phase out the production of these fossil fuels by 2050.

The first reports released in November during COP26 summarise the state of the transition debate in all three countries. Opened by the Danish Climate Ambassador, the initiative's COP event brought together perspectives from the region on the transition prospects.

At COP26, the EEIST project published its flagship report proposing a new way of climate policy decision-making. Developed by world-leading economists, the new framework proposes to look at opportunities and risks instead of costs and benefits to support low-carbon innovation.

Convening global perspectives at COP26

We ended the year with a strong presence at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow: Climate Strategies helped organise several side events to turn the spotlight on new climate frontiers.

To turn ambition into action, we will continue to work with our members and partners to create the evidence and co-create recommendations for policymakers to accelerate climate action.

Thank you for reading!

We thank our funders, partners and members for the successful collaboration in 2021 and look forward to making 2022 an equally successful year.