CONCITO, Denmark's green think tank, was founded on September 1, 2008 by director Thomas Færgeman and the former chairman of the board, now Minister of Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard. The purpose of CONCITO is to provide analyses and information on the best and most low-cost transition towards a climate-neutral society in Denmark and in other parts of the world.
CONCITO means "I put in motion" in Latin and that is exactly what Denmark's first green think tank wants to do on climate change.
CONCITO is Denmark’s largest green network with nearly 100 companies, researchers, organisations and individuals as members of the Council – each possessing extensive knowledge of climate change and leading in their field. See a list of members here. The Council Members constitute the think tank and are affiliated to a number of working groups on specific topics which develop new projects and follow on-going analysis and dissemination projects. Major projects are financed by independent foundations.
CONCITO is also involved in a number of international networks with other think tanks world wide who share the same purpose and profile as CONCITO, e.g. the World Resources Institute in the U.S., ZERO in Norway and the European Climate Foundation in the Hague.
CONCITO takes the approach that the climate policy objectives can only be achieved through a new partnership between politicians, businesses and citizens - the government, the markets and the civil society. Therefore all sectors are represented in the think tank.
CONCITO believes that climate problems have to be solved internationally but that Denmark can benefit from taking the lead. There are huge political, business and economic potentials in being first.
CONCITO will work to make climate problems and their solutions known to the wider public through proactive PR and communication.
CONCITO is driven by necessity but believes that the climate battle can be turned to everyone's advantage.
CONCITO is independent of political and commercial interests.