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What is the Carbon War Room?

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The Carbon War Room is a global, independent nonprofit. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy. The Carbon War Room is a U.S.-registered 501(c)3 organization.

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Why was the Carbon War Room started?

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Climate change is too important and too complex for governments to solve alone – business must lead and attract private capital towards solutions. We need a level playing field: there are $550b annual subsidies to fossil fuels. There is coincidentally $550b extra needed in green investment. A $550b shift is not a lot for private capital – it’s a shift of less than 1 percent. That’s why we started the Carbon War Room - to unlock the greatest wealth creation opportunity of our generation.

50% of all emissions can be profitably offset with today’s technology. Policy is necessary but not sufficient. A complementary and different skill-set to traditional efforts is needed – focused on making markets work better and unleashing capital. We need to invest in the tools to move capital. We need to focus on each sector, not a one size fits all.

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What is the purpose of the Carbon War Room?

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The Carbon War Room is ultimately working towards the removal of 17 gigatons of anthropogenic carbon.

The Carbon War Room acts on a simple truth: that real progress is rarely driven by policy makers, but is instead led by visionaries who find opportunities that others have missed. Our work brings together entrepreneurs, technology experts, financiers, and action-oriented government leaders to find ways to make an immediate difference at sufficient scale to avert catastrophe.

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How is the Carbon War Room funded?

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The Carbon War Room seeks funding from three main sources: individuals, corporations and foundations. These funding sources provide the capital for organizational overhead, new potential operations and active operations. The founders of the Carbon War Room fund all core operational overhead. 100 percent of every dollar from other funding sources goes towards the bottom line our Operations, Network Engagement, and Research programs.

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When did the Carbon War Room start?

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Established in 2009, Carbon War Room was founded by Sir Richard Branson and incubated within his charity, Virgin Unite. Richard was joined by a select group of like-minded entrepreneurs. They are an amazing group of individuals. We encourage you to learn more about them: who-we-are/founders.

In less than two years, the Carbon War Room has established itself as a unique player in the global effort to fight climate change, offering a space where entrepreneurs, government and business leaders, and other key stakeholders can come together to find immediate solutions to the challenge of bringing carbon-cutting strategies to unprecedented scale.

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How can I get involved?

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Carbon War Room invites all entrepreneurs, firms, nonprofits, scientists, students, experts, academic institutions, foundations, and philanthropic organizations who want to help remove market barriers to making gigaton reductions in carbon and create climate wealth. We encourage you to join our groups on LinkedIn and let us hear your voice and insights. Come to our Creating Climate Wealth events, which offer an unmatched opportunity to convene and network with the brightest entrepreneurs, industry experts, and thought leaders within a given sector.

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Can you help me get funding for my business?

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Unfortunately, the short answer is no. However, we can introduce you to the right people. We encourage you to join our groups on LinkedIn and let us hear your voice and insights. Come to our Creating Climate Wealth events, which offer an unmatched opportunity to convene and network with the brightest entrepreneurs, industry experts, and thought leaders within a given sector.

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Where did the name “Carbon War Room” come from?

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It’s probably best told in the words of our Founder – Sir Richard: “I see the challenge of tackling climate change as bigger than both World War’s put together. Carbon is the enemy against which we need to declare war. To fight that war, there is a need to bring together the best business minds in the world to form an organization that provides the means and know-how to defeat climate change.”

Or you can watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNp57E0Vj8M

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I have a technology that will change the world, yet there are market barriers preventing me from scaling. Can you help?

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Yes – however, we do have a very strict filter in which we look at technology. First, we only look at proven technology that has been on the market and tested. There are a large number of organizations that focus on new and emerging technology solutions – we are not one of them. Please contact us if appropriate. Please remember we do not provide or directly facilitate funding for any business plan or existing business.

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