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Catalyzing Climate Action through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs): Challenges and Opportunities

Juarez, Aaron LU (2019) VBRM15 20191
Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety
Abstract
Private public partnerships (PPPs) are used routinely in a variety of sectors, such as health care, waste management, and infrastructure development. Only recently, as climate mitigation and adaptation rapidly rise in importance on urban agendas however, have PPPs begun to be considered within a climate context. This thesis investigates the significant, yet thus far mostly unexplored potential for PPPs as a vehicle to
drive forward climate action. Through scoping studies of both academic and grey literature, as well as consultative interviews with practitioners, the thesis charts the emerging field of PPPs for climate action and presents opportunities for further development. Results may help cities and other public-sector actors more... (More)
Private public partnerships (PPPs) are used routinely in a variety of sectors, such as health care, waste management, and infrastructure development. Only recently, as climate mitigation and adaptation rapidly rise in importance on urban agendas however, have PPPs begun to be considered within a climate context. This thesis investigates the significant, yet thus far mostly unexplored potential for PPPs as a vehicle to
drive forward climate action. Through scoping studies of both academic and grey literature, as well as consultative interviews with practitioners, the thesis charts the emerging field of PPPs for climate action and presents opportunities for further development. Results may help cities and other public-sector actors more effectively collaborate with and integrate private partners into climate planning and ongoing
initiatives, with the potential to better scale up impact and progress towards climate adaptation and mitigation goals. (Less)
Popular Abstract
Public-private partnerships (also called PPPs), are structures within which the public and private sectors work together, and are commonly used within fields such as infrastructure development, waste management, and healthcare. It is only recently however, that they have begun to be considered within a climate context.

Climate change poses growing risks to cities, and governments are increasingly realizing and acting on the need to set and achieve climate goals — both for mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions to slow down or reverse climate change) and for adaptation (taking steps to prepare for and adapt to increased heat waves, storms, and other climate risks). These needs are significant, and are often greater than the... (More)
Public-private partnerships (also called PPPs), are structures within which the public and private sectors work together, and are commonly used within fields such as infrastructure development, waste management, and healthcare. It is only recently however, that they have begun to be considered within a climate context.

Climate change poses growing risks to cities, and governments are increasingly realizing and acting on the need to set and achieve climate goals — both for mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions to slow down or reverse climate change) and for adaptation (taking steps to prepare for and adapt to increased heat waves, storms, and other climate risks). These needs are significant, and are often greater than the resources available to the public sector alone. Thus, this thesis seeks to examine what role partnerships with the private sector, through PPPs for climate action, may have to play in driving forward progress on these goals.

Literature on PPPs for climate action is dispersed and relatively scarce compared to, for example, literature on traditional uses for PPPs in the previously mentioned fields. Through a comprehensive review of the available academic and non-academic literature, as well as through interviews with professionals working with PPPs in climate contexts, the thesis mapped out the still emerging field of PPPs for climate action to show the various ways in which PPPs can and are being used to achieve climate action in cities today. The main benefits, challenges, and success factors that exist for PPPs to advance climate action were identified. These factors often differed between the academic literature, non-academic literature and the interviews, and these differences were also analyzed.

This initial charting of the field provides a better understanding of how PPPs for climate action are used, how they work, and what factors influence their success. Results of the study showed PPPs are not a silver bullet for climate action. They face a number of significant challenges, as well as ethical considerations. However, they hold significant potential to combine funding, knowledge, capacity, and resources across sectors and organizations to enable more impactful climate action.

At the same time, additional knowledge is needed to maximize the potential for PPP structures to catalyze climate action and progress towards climate goals and rapidly growing climate challenges, and the thesis concludes with presenting recommendations and opportunities for further development. (Less)
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Juarez, Aaron LU
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VBRM15 20191
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Climate change, Climate change mitigation, Climate change adaptation, Climate action, Public Private Partnerships, PPP, Public private cooperation, Public private collaboration, Cross sector, Multi sector
language
English
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8995856
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2019-09-30 10:18:24
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2019-09-30 10:18:24
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  abstract     = {Private public partnerships (PPPs) are used routinely in a variety of sectors, such as health care, waste management, and infrastructure development. Only recently, as climate mitigation and adaptation rapidly rise in importance on urban agendas however, have PPPs begun to be considered within a climate context. This thesis investigates the significant, yet thus far mostly unexplored potential for PPPs as a vehicle to
drive forward climate action. Through scoping studies of both academic and grey literature, as well as consultative interviews with practitioners, the thesis charts the emerging field of PPPs for climate action and presents opportunities for further development. Results may help cities and other public-sector actors more effectively collaborate with and integrate private partners into climate planning and ongoing
initiatives, with the potential to better scale up impact and progress towards climate adaptation and mitigation goals.},
  author       = {Juarez, Aaron},
  keyword      = {Climate change,Climate change mitigation,Climate change adaptation,Climate action,Public Private Partnerships,PPP,Public private cooperation,Public private collaboration,Cross sector,Multi sector},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Catalyzing Climate Action through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs): Challenges and Opportunities},
  year         = {2019},
}