European Capacity Building Initiative

ecbi provides sustained capacity building for climate change negotiators, to promote a level playing field between governments in the international climate negotiations. The Initiative aims to facilitate mutual understanding and trust – among developing countries, and between developing and European countries.


Conventional “CO2-equivalent” emissions calculations do not consistently reflect the impact of emissions on global temperature: they overstate the impact of short-lived climate pollutants such as methane by a factor of about four, while understating the large impact of changes in methane emission rates. Myles Allen and Michelle Cain from the University of Oxford explain how CO2-e emissions can nevertheless be used to calculate “warming-equivalent” emissions to inform burden-sharing discussions, mitigation policies in crucial sectors such as agriculture, and stocktakes of progress towards a global temperature goal.
17 October 2019
Interview with Benito Müller, ecbi Director, on TRT World, an Istanbul-based English speaking international news channel on the occasion of the Global Climate Strike on 20 September 2019. Your browser does not support the video tag.
30 September 2019
The 2019 Oxford Seminar took place from 11-13 September 2019, in the Oxford Town Hall. It was preceded by the ecbi Fellowship Colloquium, attended by 23 senior negotiators from developing countries (two participated virtually), from 9-11 September. They were joined by 20 senior negotiators from Europe for the Seminar. Participants discussed key issues related to the Paris Agreement rulebook, including common timeframes and Article 6, which will be negotiated at the 25th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention...
19 September 2019
This flyer highlights the importance of bringing together all countries on the same page with a common NDC time frame, to enhance ambition and at the same time enable more equitable global outcomes.
26 August 2019