Posts by Paolo Cozzi

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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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Moving Forward on Reverse Auctions: 7 Things to Know

I participated in a workshop in Tanzania on reverse power auctions July 26-29, organized by the US Energy Agency (USEA) on behalf of USAID’s Power Africa initiative. A developing country with ambitious goals for its energy sector, Tanzania is pursuing reverse auctions (RAs) as a low-cost way to bring on additional energy, including significant renewable... continue reading »

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You’ve Got to Spend Money to Spend Money

There is an old adage in business: “you’ve got to spend money to make money,” referring to the need to invest if you want to make a return.  Climate Finance is simultaneously similar to, and dramatically different from, business. As participants saw at CCAP’s recent Climate Finance Forum, held in Bonn, Germany in May 2016,... continue reading »

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Transforming the Energy Sector and Implementing NDCs

With the historic Paris climate agreement now in place, including mitigation commitments, now called Nationally Determined Contributions or (NDCs), from 195 countries, governments are now charged with  converting their targets into actionable policies and programs on the ground.  CCAP’s recently-released a paper, Converting Nationally Determined Contributions into Action, takes a deep look at INDCs from... continue reading »

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Strengthening the EU ETS

Around the world, countries are putting forward their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to a global agreement on climate change, to be reached in Paris in 2015. With new emissions reduction targets, these governments will pursue climate mitigation through a variety of policy tools. A prime example is the set of reforms that the European Commission has proposed to the Union’s pioneering cap and trade system, the Emissions Trading System (ETS) in an effort to align and adjust the tool to help meet the EU’s INDC. continue reading »

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An idea whose time has come

“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” These are the words of Victor Hugo, iterated by Claudia Salerno, the head of Venezuela’s delegation, during one of the final sessions of the Geneva climate negotiations on February 13, 2015. continue reading »

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Digging Deeper: Exploring Opportunities in Energy NAMAs in Peru

Many Latin American countries have made significant efforts to transition to clean energy. For example, a number of South and Central America states have tapped the potential of their abundant waterways to produce large amount of low-to-no-carbon hydroelectricity, and climate leaders like Costa Rica have implemented programs that obtain over 90 percent of their electricity... continue reading »

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Latin American Countries Will Not Wait to Take Climate Action

At a press conference at the 18th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Omar Ramírez Tejada, Executive Vice President of the National Council on Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL) in the Dominican Republic and member of CCAP’s Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN),... continue reading »

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