Posts by Ned Helme

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International Climate Change and its Outlook for the Steel Industry

Each year, nearly 1,000 industry leaders from the Latin American steel industry, representing 25 countries, come together at the Alacero Conference to discuss critical issues pertaining to promoting a sustainable steel industry across Latin America. This year, with strong interest in understanding the implications for steel of the upcoming climate change negotiations, the conference held the first ever session on climate change, which I had the honor to keynote. continue reading »

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Aligning Investment with the 2°C Goal

The international community has committed to keeping the rise in global average temperature to below 2°C. However, global financial investments are often inconsistent with this objective. The German government has commissioned a study on “2°C Compatible Investment Criteria,” which investigates how public financial institutions can develop selection processes that evaluate whether project proposals are consistent with the 2°C goal. continue reading »

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CCAP comments support EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The Center for Clean Air Policy supports the Administration’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from electric generating units under the Clean Air Act. continue reading »

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Earth Day Insight: On the ground tilling new economic growth to reduce emissions

Today is Earth Day 2014. What better day to reflect on the direction of efforts around the world to reduce air pollution? A slew of environmentally focused articles and opinion pieces have sprouted recently, as is the usual pattern for this time of year, and a theme – one that you’ve heard CCAP expound a... continue reading »

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The President’s Climate Action Plan: Right on the Money

Last week President Obama announced a far-reaching Climate Action Plan that will support achievement of the U.S. commitment to reduce national carbon pollution in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 while redirecting our international development aid to foster clean energy choices in other countries. With the promised expeditious implementation of these measures, the President’s package will spur the reduction of carbon pollution from the power sector in the United States and provide new momentum to the international climate negotiations. continue reading »

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International Climate Mitigation in 2013: Fallow Ground or Transformational Change?

“Policy Insights” discuss practical climate change solutions that are emerging from CCAP’s extensive on- the-ground work in developing countries and internationally. Initially they will focus on the effective implementation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries. continue reading »

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NAMAs: Opportunity Knocking

In a series of “Policy Insights” Ned Helme will discuss practical climate change solutions that are emerging from CCAP’s extensive on-the-ground work in developing countries and internationally.  Initially focusing on the effective implementation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, future briefings will explore the details associated. continue reading »

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Q & A with Ned Helme: Leveraging Financial Investment in NAMAs

CCAP recently hosted a thought-provoking dialogue in Halong Bay, Vietnam for teams of policymakers from seven Asian countries in our Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN)  from July 24-26, 2012. MAIN is designed to help developing countries in Latin America and Asia to develop policy actions – known in UNFCCC parlance as nationally appropriate mitigation actions... continue reading »

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Using MRV Metrics to Promote Supported NAMAs

At the second Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) Asia Regional Dialogue in Vietnam, CCAP’s President Ned Helme presented to over 50 Asian and developed-country policymakers on “An Expanded Approach to Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV). ” (Click here to view the MRV paper.) This expanded approach seeks to meet the needs of bilateral donors, developing... continue reading »

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Advancing a Shared Vision on Effective NAMAs and Finance

Developing countries are quickly progressing in the design and development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), some of which are beginning to seek international financial support for implementation.  As funding through the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is likely several years out, these countries are currently determining how to best structure their NAMAs in a way... continue reading »

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CCAP Highlights NAMA Progress in Developing Countries

Although participants in the May 2012 UNFCCC climate negotiations in Bonn left with mixed emotions concerning the progress made in the plenary, two events made significant headway in advancing and showcasing mitigation efforts in developing countries: CCAP’s Policy Dialogue Lunch on financing for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and an AWG-LCA workshop on NAMAs by... continue reading »

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Inspiring Sessions and Real Actions: Reflections on MAIN- Bogota Dialogue

The Third Mitigation Action Implementation Network dialogue in Bogota last week successfully built on and surpassed the first two dialogues we held in 2011.  More than 70 participants from 8 Latin American countries (LAC), including teams of five policymakers from diverse ministries, came together to design policy actions, known as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)... continue reading »

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Landing on the Durban Platform: CCAP’s Role

Ned Helme, founder and president of CCAP, emphasizes the importance of “Learning by Doing” – a key component of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) – in this last post in a series of six Q&As. Q: How do you envision CCAP’s role in facilitating the process to arrive at a global agreement under the... continue reading »

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Landing on the Durban Platform: Progressing Forward

As we move forward in 2012, Ned Helme, president and founder of CCAP, looks closer into the progress made on the ground in developing countries and the impact it may have on future policy negotiations in this fifth post in a series of six Q&As. Q: What sort of progress should we expect to see... continue reading »

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Landing on the Durban Platform: Shifting to Adaptation

Vulnerability to natural disasters due to climate change have created a greater need for policy solutions. Ned Helme, founder and president of CCAP, discusses how support for adaptation projects in developing countries will be very beneficial in this fourth post in a series of six Q&As. Q:  Were there any other surprising shifts at Durban?... continue reading »

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Landing on the Durban Platform: Raising Emissions Reduction Targets

As developing countries ramp up their efforts and solidify language involving reducing carbon emissions, Ned Helme, founder and president of CCAP, discusses this shift in the negotiations at Durban in his third post in a series of six Q&As. Q: The Durban Platform calls for a global treaty that includes emission reduction obligations for developing... continue reading »

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Landing on the Durban Platform: Rating the Outcome

Ned Helme, founder and president of CCAP, continues to explore the happenings during the influential negotiations of COP17 held recently in Durban, in this second post in a series of six Q&As. Q: How would you rate the outcome at Durban compared to general expectations? A: I think we made more progress in the big... continue reading »

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Landing on the Durban Platform: The Defining Moment

The intense negotiations of COP17 held in Durban, South Africa, produced the Durban Platform, an agreement to negotiate a new international instrument that would create legally binding commitments for both developing and developed countries to reduce GHG emissions. During the COP negotiations CCAP hosted several events promoting more on-the-ground action and private sector investment in... continue reading »

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Low Emission Development Strategies: A New Pathway or Another Cul de Sac?

Since the successful effort at Cancun in December put international climate policy back on the road, developed nations have increased their focus on the need for Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) as a framework for policy actions by developing countries.  The fundamental question is whether LEDS offer a new pathway to sound policy or simply... continue reading »

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CCAP Supports the Advancement of Innovative Climate Policy in Mexico

Mexico has remained ambitious and innovative in advancing climate policy goals, especially when compared with other developing countries. While most Non-Annex I countries have submitted one or possibly two national communications, Mexico stands alone, having submitted it’s fourth. Further, Mexico has one of the most efficient and modern cement industries in the world, as well... continue reading »

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Seeing clearly through Brown

As the dust settles in Washington after Sen.-elect Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts special election, many are wondering what effect this event will have on climate change legislation in 2010. They jury is still out, but there is broad support for addressing climate change and failure to act soon will result in higher costs... continue reading »

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Whither Copenhagen?

When Barack Obama and his counterparts arrived in Copenhagen, they each found a surprise – line diplomats had not been able to set the table effectively for their interaction.  Whereas Presidents often arrive at such international gatherings with the expectation that they will say grace over the offerings prepared by their negotiators and perhaps decide... continue reading »

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Secretary Clinton in Copenhagen

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a blockbuster performance Thursday at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen. Her announcement that the US will pay its share of a $100 billion per year commitment to support developing countries with climate change in 2020 marks a huge shift in the history of climate negotiations. Both the existing... continue reading »

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Now is the time to get all bets on the table

In poker, there is a saying: Trust everyone, but cut the cards. The same saying could apply to financing and monitoring and verification battles that are part of the international climate change negotiations taking place in Copenhagen this week. In order to measure whether or not the U.S. and its global partners are meeting their... continue reading »

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Developing country uprising, or tilting at windmills?

After starting the day with a meeting with Jim Tankersley of the Los Angeles Times where I advised him that not much would happen today so he should opt for the boat trip with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to visit a Danish offshore windfarm, I remembered what makes the UN negotiation process so fascinating.  As... continue reading »

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U.S., China Emission Reduction Targets: The Right Move

The targets announced last week by the U.S. and China are important developments in the international climate change negotiations. Not only are these announcements critical for settling one of the major issues of the Copenhagen talks — emissions reduction targets — but they also complete the circle of all major countries stepping forward to announce... continue reading »

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