Posts by Stacey Davis

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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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The DC Circuit Court Should Uphold the Clean Power Plan

Today a federal appeals court heard arguments on the cornerstone of the U.S. nationally determined contribution Near-term global climate action is paramount to reaching the goal set out by the Paris Agreement of limiting global temperature increases to well below 2°C. Specifically, the Paris Agreement invites all Parties to put forward their Intended Nationally Determined... continue reading »

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Workshop Supports Information Exchange for Methane Mitigation in Mexico’s Oil and Gas Sectors

At a well-attended workshop earlier this month in Mexico City on Regulatory Options for Methane Mitigation in Mexico’s Oil and Gas Sectors, senior Mexican officials reiterated their plans to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40-45 percent below 1990 levels by 2025, and engaged in a fruitful discussion with their peers... continue reading »

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Seizing the Moment to Align Oil and Gas Methane Mitigation

A recent flurry of cross-border activity between the U.S. and its two North American neighbors appears poised to shift the continent towards a more unified oil and gas regulatory regime. Last month the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signed a memorandum of understanding with Mexico’s energy ministry to facilitate discussion and information sharing towards sustainable development... continue reading »

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The Temporary Halt to Clean Power Plan Implementation Should Not Stall Climate Action

Less than two months ago, the international community negotiated a historic agreement recognizing that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and deciding on a plan of action to strengthen the global response by all parties. The United States, buoyed by new mandates to reduce emissions 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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The Center for Clean Air Policy applauds President Obama’s announcement of the final Clean Power Plan

The Center for Clean Air Policy applauds President Obama’s announcement of the final Clean Power Plan, which, in his own words, promises to be “the single most important step America has ever taken to fight against global climate change.” As finalized, the Clean Power Plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector by 870 million short tons in 2030 below 2005 levels. This makes a substantial contribution to the U.S. goal of reducing economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent in 2025 from 2005 levels. Ned Helme, CCAP’s President commented, “The increase in effort over the proposal sends a clear signal that the United States is prepared to lead this December in reaching an ambitious and durable agreement on climate change.” continue reading »

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The Final Clean Power Plan Will Be Out Tomorrow — Issues to Watch

As we await the release of EPA’s final Clean Power Plan rule, we’ll be watching for 1) the overall ambition of the program and what it means for national emissions reduction goals, 2) how that ambition is shared across states, 3) the way zero-emitting resources contribute to meeting state goals, and 4) state decisions on whether to adopt a rate goal or a mass 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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Both Effective and Flexible, EPA‘s Proposed Rule Strikes a Sensible Balance

EPA’s proposed rule addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants establishes ambitious yet achievable standards for each state, and offers a number of implementation pathways such that each state can select the approach most likely to work for its own sources and citizens. In terms of stringency, the proposal calls on states to... continue reading »

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Expanding the Solution Set: How CHP Can Support 111(d) Compliance

Combined heat and power (CHP) is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy using the same fuel. Replacing conventional boilers with CHP at industrial, commercial and institutional facilities improves the efficiency of energy use, and results in significant emissions reductions, both conventional air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. And because CHP displaces electricity generation... continue reading »

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EPA Launches New Tool to Calculate Emissions Reductions from Clean Energy

EPA released its new ‘AVERT’ tool in February in recognition of the need for a more robust means of crediting energy efficiency and renewable energy in air regulation compliance plans. AVERT, which stands for AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool, is meant to enable state air regulators and clean energy project and program implementers to estimate... continue reading »

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CCAP Talks NAMAs with GCF Co-Chair in Philippines

CCAP President Ned Helme met with newly-elected Green Climate Fund (GCF) co-chair Governor Jose Maria Salceda (Philippines) while in the Philippines for a very productive discussion. This meeting came about while Helme was in Manila to co-chair CCAP’s Third MAIN Asia Dialogue and meet with key Philippines officials to discuss the development of Nationally Appropriate... continue reading »

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Advancing Smart Greenhouse Gas Standards for Existing Power Plants under the Clean Air Act

Through smart regulatory design at both the federal and state levels, Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act can be used to achieve meaningful and cost-effective greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions from existing power plants. Prior to issuing 111(d) regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will set a standard for regulating GHGs from new power... 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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The Role of NAMAs Explained in One Picture

Coinciding with the Global NAMA Financing Summit, CCAP released An Emerging Architecture for NAMA Finance, which describes how nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) can drive climate mitigation in developing countries. continue reading »

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A New Year’s Resolution: Create the Conditions to Launch NAMAs in 2013

Over the last year, CCAP and other proponents have made significant progress in raising awareness of the potential for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) to achieve significant emissions reductions in the context of sustainable development, and developing countries are pressing ahead to  design NAMAs with an eye towards winning international financial support. Taking stock of... continue reading »

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Has British Columbia Shown the Way?

A brief case study of a well-designed carbon tax As we look for safe ways to descend the fiscal cliff that will minimize harm to the economy, a carbon tax offers one possibility to raise revenues that could prevent an increase in income taxes or dire cuts in safety net programs. Integrated into a broader... continue reading »

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Calling on President Obama to Fulfill his Promise to Lead on Climate Change

With Hurricane Sandy fresh in our minds, this is an ideal time for President Obama to work once again to fulfill his promise to lessen the adverse effects of climate change through U.S. leadership, both at home and abroad, and to guide the country and the world toward a cleaner and less carbon-intensive 21st century... continue reading »

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EPA Takes a Careful and Thoughtful Approach to Standard-Setting Under the Clean Air Act

The following appeared as a comment in the National Journal Expert Blog: What Will Be Upshots of EPA Climate Rules? EPA’s proposed New Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gas emissions from certain fossil-fuel-fired power plants ensures new power generation will be at least as clean as new natural gas combined cycle plants.  Specifically, EPA has... continue reading »

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NAMAs: A Lead Strategy for Reducing Emissions in Developing Countries

CCAP’s recent submission to the UNFCCC seeks to uphold the NAMA approach The Bali Action Plan calls for consideration of “Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions” by developing country Parties “In the context of sustainable development” and “supported and enabled by technology, financing and capacity building, in a measurable, reportable and verifiable manner” (both actions and support).... continue reading »

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EPA Uses Flexible Approach in Setting GHG Standard for New Fossil-Fuel-Fired Power Plants

The long-awaited proposed New Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gas emissions from certain fossil-fuel-fired power plants ensures new power generation will be at least as clean as new natural gas combined cycle plants. Specifically, EPA is proposing that new fossil‐fuel‐fired power plants meet an output‐based standard of 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt‐hour (lb CO2/MWh).... continue reading »

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Prevailing Winds: How the Mexican Government Harnessed its Renewable Energy

The Mexican government’s sustained efforts to boost utilization of the country’s vast wind resource are finally bearing fruit: policy changes and incentives have now made renewable energy a competitive electricity source.  The country’s installed renewable energy capacity from wind grew from just over 2 MW at the end of 2000 to 524.5 MW at the... continue reading »

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