Founded in 2007 by Lars Josefsson, at the time CEO of the Swedish energy company Vattenfall, the 3C group seeks to support the establishment of a global agreement on climate change and to mobilise companies and business leaders across the world to contribute knowledge, resources and leadership to this common goal.

In 2010, the 3C group and SEI formed a partnership to produce cutting-edge, in-depth research at the intersection of climate policy and business.

Throughout a two-year partnership programme, SEI will provide research within three thematic areas, targeting technology development, resource constraints, and financing of climate change mitigation. Within each of these areas described below, one major research project is being carried out.

Workshops and seminars are also organised during the programme, linked to the research and gathering input from
participating companies.