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On the second day of the Social Outcomes Conference 2022, we held a session on the role of outcomes-based contracting (OBC) in promoting a ‘green agenda’.

James Ronicle, from Ecorys, began the session with the following question: How do you turn environmental commitments into realities, and can outcome-based contracting help?

In response, speakers summarised the current state of environmental OBC and consolidated lessons learned from existing programmes. Harry Bregazzi introuced the public to the GO Lab’s recent work on using outcomes-based contracting to tackle the climate crisis: A systematic review of the evidence. He highlighted the heterogeneity of approaches and the importance of considering both social and environmental impacts in parallel. 

Amit Shah (Bridges Outcomes Partnerships) suggested innovations that might reconcile this challenge, including the parallel use of different outcome payers for social and environmental outcomes in a project. Elisson Wright (World Bank), on the other hand, focused on the importance of data availability.

Listen to the audio recording of the session.