The Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) programme

Dr Jonathan Cullen from the Resource Efficiency Collective at the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering and Lara Allen from the Centre for Global Equality are part of Climate Compatible Growth (CCG), a £38m multi-institutional programme.

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CCG seek answers to a challenging question: how can we deliver future energy and material services, while at the same time reducing resource use and environmental impact?

CCG is a UK ODA-funded research programme helping developing countries take a path of low carbon development whilst simultaneously unlocking profitable investment in green infrastructure, opening up new markets and supporting delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Left unchecked, climate change will cause major economic, social and environmental damage. It presents a serious global security threat that includes disruptions to food systems, water resources, health and ecosystems. Developing countries are at most immediate risk. Due to fewer resources and less infrastructure, the impact of climate change hits harder.

The UK is taking a global lead with policy commitments to net-zero emissions, a world-leading delivery of offshore wind, and world-class research in batteries, smart grids, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. CCG provides the means to change the way Governments and development institutions identify, prioritise and invest in new low-carbon development pathways. CCG will sustain and accelerate global action beyond COP26 through deep, effective and long-term partnerships. CCG is about providing the right evidence at the right time on how developing countries can respond best to the low-carbon transition against a backdrop of COVID-19 economic recovery and rapidly transforming technological and economic landscapes in energy, transport, industry and other inclusive economic growth sectors.

Dr Jonathan Cullen says “CCG is an ambitious project with many experts aiming to engage countries in the global south modelling, decision-making and capacity building. This should help reduce the emissions from their energy and transport sectors to help achieve their plans in their Nationally Determined Contributions.”

CCG ambition is driven by strong and enduring national and international partnerships and co-creativity. The CCG partnership is managed by Loughborough University. Partners include academics from Imperial College, Open University, KTH, University College London, University of Oxford, and University of Cambridge.

The Resource Efficiency Collective will be exploring the material and industrial implication of future low carbon energy and transport systems while Lara Allen from the Centre for Global Equality will be leading the National Partnerships workstream which will foster collaborations with stakeholders in developing countries and facilitate co-development of CCG platforms.

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Reproduced courtesy of the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering

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