The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) is a unique initiative that brings together leaders across national and sub-national governments, the private sector, and civil society with the goal of putting effective carbon pricing policies that maintain competitiveness, create jobs, encourage innovation, and deliver meaningful emissions reductions. The Coalition aims to drive action through knowledge sharing, targeted technical analysis and public-private dialogues that guide successful carbon pricing policy adoption and accelerate implementation. 

The Coalition began forming from a groundswell of support for carbon pricing at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, where 74 countries and more than 1,000 companies expressed support for carbon pricing. The Coalition was officially launched at COP21 in Paris in December 2015. 

As of 2017, the CPLC has more than 25 national and sub-national government partners, 150+ private sector partners from a range of regions and sectors, and 30+ strategic partners representing NGOs, business organizations, and universities. 


The CPLC has set ambitious targets to double the percentage of global emissions covered by explicit carbon prices to 25% by 2020, and to double it again to 50% within a decade. 


To achieve these goals, leadership is needed to guide policy design and implementation, and to make the case for establishing an effective price on carbon.  By joining the Coalition, partners work together to

Identify policy design options for successful carbon pricing. Building from best practices to use carbon pricing to manage a low-carbon transition that creates jobs, encourages innovation and maintains competitiveness. 

  • Provide input on establishing and advocating for successful carbon pricing. By contributing towards the development and uptake of key knowledge products and sharing lessons learned.  

  • Engage with other businesses and policy makers and participate in multi-stakeholder dialogues to help work toward carbon pricing policies that attract and mobilize low-carbon investments and spur innovation.  

  • For businesses, demonstrate leadership by setting an internal carbon price, where appropriate, and reporting on progress.  

  • Provide input on key knowledge products and analysis to provide the evidence base for carbon pricing. 

The Coalition is organized around four Working Groups:


Fostering Government Leadership: The CPLC supports the development of carbon-pricing policy efforts at the global, regional, and national levels. It provides assistance to governments interested in identifying and developing solutions to political challenges that may prevent successful carbon pricing system design and implementation.  

Building and Sharing the Evidence Base: The CPLC is building a repository of global experience on carbon pricing policy design and implementation, collecting best practices from different jurisdictions and businesses around the world. By synthesizing the latest analysis on key issues and sharing results with leaders and practitioners, CPLC is filling the knowledge gaps and fostering new research.  

Mobilizing Business Support: The CPLC engages the private sector to advocate for successful carbon pricing by expanding understanding of the business case for carbon pricing, sharing pathways for expanding carbon pricing as a climate change solution, and encouraging, where appropriate, corporate adoption of internal pricing.  

Communications Network: The CPLC brings together a network of communications professionals to support the Coalition’s goals by identifying effective carbon pricing messages, developing a global narrative that supports positive climate action and working together to amplify outreach efforts. 

Coalition partners agree to advance the carbon pricing agenda by working with each other towards the long-term objective of a carbon price applied throughout the global economy by: 

  • strengthening carbon pricing policies to redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate challenge;  

  • bringing forward and strengthening the implementation of existing carbon pricing policies to better manage investment risks and opportunities; and  

  • enhancing cooperation to share information, expertise and lessons learned on developing and implementing carbon pricing through various “readiness” platforms. 

While they must demonstrate their carbon pricing leadership, each partner determines the level of engagement it wishes to contribute through the CPLC Working Groups. 

When approaching the Coalition, organizations should be ready to: describe their motivation in joining CPLCillustrate the range of activities they are undertaking or planning to undertake in the carbon pricing realm; and explain how they intend to demonstrate carbon pricing leadership through the Coalition to contribute toward achieving CPLC’s goals.