Alliances + Networks

The Climate Institute works through a variety of networks, campaigns and alliances to achieve its objectives. You will find just a few of them below.

Australian Climate Roundtable 

The Australian Climate Roundtable is an unprecedented alliance of major business, union, research, environment, investor and social groups has come together to put the climate policy debate on common ground and offer a way forward.

Members include the Australian Aluminium Council, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Australian Council of Social Service, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Industry Group, the Business Council of Australia, The Climate Institute, the Energy Supply Association of Australia, the Investor Group on Climate Change and WWF Australia.

The Roundtable believes Australia should play its fair part in global efforts to avoid 2°C and the serious economic, social and environmental impacts that unconstrained climate change would have on Australia. Avoiding unconstrained climate change will provide important benefits and opportunities to Australia.

The Australian Climate Roundtable joint principles for climate policy, joint opinion article and associated content can be found here.

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

In 2008, The Climate Institute provided the initial funding for this autonomous multi-faith climate network, which aims to provide educational, practical and campaigning resources to faith communities to respond to climate change and lead by example with environmentally sustainable practices. The Climate Institute continues to host and provide support for ARRCC. 

The group has had a number of initiatives, including an open letter from major religious leaders in Australia in mid 2013 calling for action on climate change. 

Work by the Catholic groups culminated in the June 2015 release of an Encyclical on climate change by Pope Frances, who criticised global leaders for their failure to combat climate change. 

Sports Environment Alliance

The Climate Institute is a foundation partner of the Sports Environment Alliance (SEA), a not-for-profit, membership based organisation focused on urging sport to take action and provide leadership in the environmental arena.

SEA’s Foundation Members include the Melbourne Cricket Club, Greater Western Sydney Giants, Netball Australia, Cricket Australia, Australian Football League, Tennis Australia, South Australian Cricket Association, Victoria Racing Club and Golf Australia.

SEA partnered with The Climate Institute in January 2015 on the launch of the Sport & Climate Impacts report.

Open Climate Network

The Open Climate Network is an independent, international partnership that tracks and reports on the progress of key countries on climate change. It seeks to serve as a credible, easily accessible source of information on national policies related to emission reduction and on provision of climate finance to developing countries.  

Members include The Climate Institute, Instituto Centro de Vida (Brazil), Pembina Institute (Canada), Renmin and Tsinghua Universities (China), IDDRI (France), Oeko Institute (Germany and the EU), Committee on Climate Change (UK), The Energy and Resources Institute (India), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (Japan), the Mario Molina Center (Mexico), IDASA (South Africa) and the World Resources Institute (USA and China).  

Throughout 2013, the network released assessments of various countries' policies and emissions reduction efforts, including on Australia.  

Southern Cross Climate Coalition 

The Southern Cross Climate Coalition (SCCC) brings together The Climate Institute, Australian Conservation Foundation,  Australian Council of Social Service, and the Australian Council of Trade Unions. It advocates for a reduction of the Australian economy’s dependence on carbon pollution and promotes solutions to climate change.  

In 2009, the SCCC launched a national multi-media campaign calling on "dinosaurs" in politics and business to stop blocking urgent climate and clean energy action. Other significant work of the coalition includes ‘Stronger, Fairer, Healthier – Four Foundations for a Low Pollution, Clean Energy Economy’ in 2010 and a review of the Clean Energy Future Package in 2011. 

For the 2013 Federal election, the SCCC released an election platform document urging all parties to tackle climate change. The CEOs of the organisations also wrote a joint opinion article for The Australian, calling on strong carbon policies to ensure Australia's carbon productivity and competitiveness.  

Environmental NGOs Network on Carbon Capture and Storage 

Created in 2011, the ENGO Network on CCS brings organisations together around the safe and effective deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a climate change mitigation tool. The network aims to ensure that CCS is performed and regulated safely, effectively and according to best practices and that it  protects the climate, human health and the environment.  

Members include Bellona Foundation (Norway), the Clean Air Task Force (USA), E3G (UK), Environmental Defense Fund (USA), Natural Resources Defense Council (USA and China), Pembina Institute (Canada), World Resources Institute (USA and China) and Zero Emission Resource Organisation (Norway). 

In December 2012, the network released an assessment of various countries' CCS policies and potential, including Australia

Businesses for Clean Economy

B4CE is a network of some 300 businesses and associations voicing support for putting a price on carbon. The members represent an array of sectors across the Australian economy and include AGL, ARUP, Fujitsu, GE, Grocon, HESTA, IKEA, Infigen, Pacific Hydro, The Body Shop Australia, Unilever, Vestas, and Westpac. The Climate Institute is a member of the B4CE steering committee.

 

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