Posts by Laurence Blandford

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Linking Mitigation Transfers to Long-term Action under the Paris Agreement

“Cooperative Approaches” and “Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes” under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement are among the most contested topics in the international climate negotiations. Some Parties are worried that a market for emissions reductions via internationally transferred mitigation outcomes can create perverse incentives to ambition, while others highlight the potential for markets to stimulate... continue reading »

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Are Transport NAMAs the Key to NDCs?

Transport mitigation actions can be complicated, and their effects are notoriously hard to measure. Successful transport Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are programs that have overcome these challenges and offer valuable lessons about how to link on the ground actions with national GHG-reduction commitments. CCAP and GIZ hosted a session on November 13th that took... continue reading »

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Driving Climate Ambition Through UNFCCC Rulemaking

The landmark Paris Agreement represents a fundamental shift in the landscape of international climate policy and diplomacy. The Agreement demonstrates near universal acceptance of a future in which all, or nearly all, countries identify targets and take action to reduce emissions as part of the global effort to combat climate change. Most Parties’ Nationally Determined... continue reading »

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Transfers in the Paris Agreement: Can they enable greater ambition?

CCAP recently submitted its views to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) regarding some of the issues that need to be addressed in order for  Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs) to support the greater global ambition promised in the Paris Agreement. Emerging from Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, ITMOs offer new... continue reading »

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Empowering Developing Countries to be Full Participants in the Paris Agreement

This week on Earth Day the landmark Paris Agreement opens for signature in a high-level ceremony in New York City, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Nearly 170 countries will sign at that event including 15 out of 16 CCAP Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) countries, according to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figureres. CCAP CEO... continue reading »

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Next Steps for Converting INDCs into Action

With unprecedented climate commitments by developing country Parties on the table, strong political momentum coming out of Paris and the availability of significant climate finance with the launch of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other public and private pledges, it is timely to consider how countries can turn INDC goals into concrete action. Building... continue reading »

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The Need for INDC Conversion

In preparation for the UNFCC COP21 climate negotiations in Paris this month, countries around the world have been putting forward their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), which outline the specific pledges countries intend to take post-2020 towards reducing their emissions. continue reading »

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