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The project brings together an international and interdisciplinary consortium, with partners from Western Europe (Ireland, UK, Belgium, Austria), Northern Europe (Finland), Eastern Europe (Estonia), and Southern Europe (Italy, Greece), combining expertise in political science, political sociology, deliberative democracy, environmental law, European studies, and public administration. The consortium includes a democracy practitioner foundation (DDF), and all partners are closely associated with practitioner and civil society networks.

Radboud University is one of the best general universities in the Netherlands, situated in the city of Nijmegen. Radboud University wants to contribute to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. The Radboud team exemplifies the interdisciplinary nature of the ACHIEVE project, including researchers from the Department of Environmental Science at the Faculty of Science and the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at the Nijmegen School of Management). 

NewClimate Institute is a non-profit organisation working in Climate Policy and Global Sustainability, where it generates ideas on climate change and drive their implementation. The Institute raises ambition for action against climate change and supports sustainable development through research, policy design, and knowledge sharing. New Climate is prepared to face difficult questions and dissect them, to then identify, analyse, and implement solutions together with its partners and funders. It also strives to provide balanced, fair, and effective solutions underpinned by the latest available science, with the objective to limit temperature increase to 1.5°C.

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is the national institute for strategic policy analysis in the environment, nature, and spatial planning fields. The Department of Global Sustainability in PBL contributes to knowledge development for international decision-making on topics such as climate mitigation and biodiversity. For this purpose, it often uses the integrated assessment model IMAGE, which simulates the environmental consequences of human activities by integrating land, energy, climate, and policy to provide insights into the interactions between these systems.

Founded in 1977, the Institute develops principles and strategies for realising the vision of sustainable development at global, national and local level. Based on value-oriented scientific research, the Oeko-Institut provides consultancy services for decision-makers in politics, industry and civil society on topics such as Digitalisation, Energy Transition and Climate Policy, Just Transition, Nuclear Power, Mobility Transition, Sustainable Economy, Resources Transition and Environmental Law.

Since its establishment, the Oeko-Institut has worked on an inter- and transdisciplinary basis with partners from industry, academia and civil society, participating in joint projects and networks wherever this is helpful in terms of the issues being addressed. Its main clients include German ministries at the federal and regional-state level, businesses and the European Union. It also takes on commissions from NGOs and environmental organisations. The Oeko-Institut is a non-profit association. Its financial resources come mainly from third-party project-based funding.

Country: Greece

E3-Modelling is a société anonyme (S.A.) company, established as a knowledge-intensive consulting company spin-off. The company inherits staff, knowledge and software-modelling innovation of the laboratory E3MLab at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).The company specialises in the delivery of consulting services based on large-scale empirical modelling of the nexus economy-energy-environment. The experience of its staff dates back to 1990 and includes internationally renowned milestones, such as the design, implementation and continuous operation of the PRIMES and GEM-E3 models. Since 1990, the consultants of E3-Modelling prepare and publish every 2-3 years a European energy and transport outlook in close cooperation with the European Commission and have supported its major impact assessment studies via the construction of detailed policy scenarios.

The team’s modelling and consulting experience is also serving numerous studies for European governments, professional associations, and large-scale companies in the energy domain. Their consultation expertise focuses on the Design and impact analysis of transition in the energy market and systems, both in the demand and supply of energy, and in the transport sector, towards green and climate-friendly structures and technologies. E3M assesses the transitions from economic, policy and implementation perspectives with emphasis on the functioning of system and markets and the impact of policy instruments on behaviours and market outcomes.

With approximately 15,500 students and 2,700 members of staff, the University of Eastern Finland is one of the largest universities in Finland. The activities of the UEF underscore multidisciplinarity and sustainable development. Environmental change and sustainable use of natural resources is one of the UEF profile areas in research and education. In terms of research, the UEF aims to (1) produce world-class science that is based on a high quality of interdisciplinary research, (2) produce science for all through open science and communication, and (3) participate in regional and global development.

The project will be implemented by the UEF Law School which is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. The Law School is the leading Finnish academic institution in climate change, energy, natural resources, and environmental law. The Law School hosts the Centre for Climate, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL), bringing together seven professors, ten senior or post-doctoral researchers and more than 20 PhD researchers working in these areas and forming the largest concentration of expertise on these issues in the Nordic countries. CCEEL aims to produce high quality and policy-relevant research within its fields of expertise. The research activities cover international, European, and national legal and policy developments. CCEEL researchers also actively participate in relevant theoretical and methodological discussions in legal studies.

CATIE (Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza) is an academic center for innovation and sustainable development in topics related to agriculture, management, conservation, and sustainable use of natural resources. CATIE’s area of influence, by mandate, is the Latin American and Caribbean region. However, its operations and contributions to the region and the world have a history of just over 75 years, initially as the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and since 1973, as CATIE. CATIE’s actions combine education, research for development, and projection to promote Inclusive Green Development, increase human well-being and reduce rural poverty. CATIE is a leader in the integrated management of agriculture and natural resources to address global challenges.

Stockholm University is a public research university in Stockholm, Sweden, founded as a college in 1878, with university status since 1960. With over 33,000 students at four different faculties: law, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, it is one of the largest universities in Scandinavia. The environment, climate and sustainable development are central issues for Stockholm University. Through research, education and collaboration, the University contributes knowledge and skills that are necessary for sustainable and democratic social development at national and international level. At the same time, Stockholm University strives to continuously reduce any negative environmental impacts caused by its own operations. In both its core activities and through operational support, the University is striving to contribute to Agenda 2030 and to achieve global sustainability goals regarding the ecological dimension. The University's climate roadmap will lead to its work in research, education and operational support being at the forefront for achieving carbon neutrality by 2040.

Country: Greece

HOLISTIC is a dynamic consultancy firm in the fields of digital services, energy / environmental policy and planning, projects organization and management support. Moreover, HOLISTIC provides a wide range of marketing and communication services that can be conducted during and within a project’s lifecycle, under funding schemes such as Horizon 2020, Interreg Med and others. HOLISTIC comes from a team of executives who have long and extensive experience in the development of projects in these fields, they have the necessary know-how to undertake and execute complex projects of public, municipal and private organisations in the EU, while they have a considerable research and academic background in cutting-edge methodologies, systems and technologies, which allows detailed and well-documented studies to be carried out in the areas of expertise of the company.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is a leading global conservation organization, with offices in nearly 100 countries working to preserve natural habitats, promote sustainable practices that benefit both nature and humanity, and combat climate change including support for the energy transition to renewables. WWF’s vision is a future where humans live in harmony with nature and its mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. On the topics of ACHIEVE, WWF Colombia has already developed the following key resources:

  • REDD+ Fair Agreements Guide – A guide based on a research of REDD+ projects in the Colombian Amazon, which focused on identifying the operation of this mechanism in the territory and the conditions under which agreements with local communities can be improved in terms of governance, participation, temporality, legal commitments and benefit sharing, among other aspects.
  • WWF position and guidance on voluntary purchases of carbon credits – With global attention increasingly focused on meaningful responses to the climate crisis, one of the most asked questions is about the role carbon markets can play in achieving "net-zero" emissions. 
  • What makes a high-quality carbon credit? – WWF and its partners have authored a paper that contains our recommended criteria for assessing the quality of carbon credits. It is to be the basis for the "Carbon Credit Guidance for Buyers", an upcoming guide to help carbon credit buyers navigate the complicated landscape of the carbon market and identify high-quality carbon credits with a robust methodology.

CDP was established as the ‘Carbon Disclosure Project’ in 2000, asking companies to disclose their climate impact. Since then, they have broadened the scope of environmental disclosure, to incorporate deforestation and water security, while also building its reach to support cities, states, and regions.

CDP Global is an international non-profit organization comprising of CDP Worldwide Group, CDP North America, Inc. and CDP Europe AISBL. It is directed by a board of trustees and board of directors respectively. As an international organization, CDP receives funding support from a wide range of sources.

Founded in 2010, the Blavatnik School of Government is one of the University of Oxford’s newest and most vibrant departments. We combine the academic rigour of the top-ranked university in the world with an applied, real-world focus. We are a global school of public policy committed to improving the quality of government and public policymaking worldwide, through three routes:

  1. Teaching current and future leaders: our education combines deep expertise with practical skills, equipping individuals to tackle this century’s most pressing policy challenges.
  2. Research with impact: our independent, evidence-based research addresses the most pressing policy needs, from improving education to reducing corruption.
  3. Engagement with governments and practitioners: we use our convening power to bring people together across disciplines and sectors to share knowledge, exchange ideas and create solutions.

Our Master of Public Policy (MPP) takes a distinctively global view of how public policy is made and implemented at local, regional, national and multinational levels. Our Doctorate (DPhil) in Public Policy allows students to pursue rigorous research on a specific public policy issue. We also deliver executive programmes for senior policymakers working on some of today’s toughest challenges.