Mexico Advances Leadership Climate Regulations

Even as the US aims to backtrack on its climate commitments, the rest of the world continues to move forward. The latest success comes from Mexico. Consistent with the commitment that the Mexican Government signed in the North American Leaders Summit in 2016 of reducing 40 to 45% of their methane emissions from the hydrocarbon... continue reading »

Advancing Sustainable Waste Management Projects in Ecuador and Chile

CCAP, in partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s (CCAC) Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI), is working with the municipalities of Quito, Ecuador and Puerto Varas, Chile to support the implementation of sustainable waste management projects that reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) emissions in these cities. The ultimate goal is to provide each city with technical, on-the-ground support to move from policy to action in the waste sector. By developing implementation plans, CCAP is helping Quito and Puerto Varas reach a ready-for-implementation stage of selected organic waste treatment projects. continue reading »

Colombia TOD NAMA: Disruptive Urban “Technology” and Superblocks

CCAP project leads Steve Winkelman and Chuck Kooshian have just returned from their latest mission during which theyduided CIUDAT (FINDETER) on implementation of the Colombia TOD NAMA Support Project funded by Germany and the UK through the NAMA Facility. The trip focused on the catalytic TOD pilot project in Pasto, Colombia. They were joined by CCAP’s delivery partner KfW and IDOM, the consulting firm selected to lead pre-feasibility studies in Pasto, Cali and Manizales. continue reading »

Inaugural Oil and Gas Methane Leadership Awards Celebrate Ambitious Action to Reduce Methane Emissions

In what hopefully will become an annual tradition celebrating ambitious action to reduce methane emissions, the first ever Oil and Gas Methane Leadership Award event was held in Toronto this past Tuesday. The event was held in the margins of the Global Methane Forum, where scientists, policy makers, industry and civil society came together to discuss the best way forward to reduce the emissions of the most abundant short lived climate pollutant. continue reading »

Facilitating Participation for Distributed Energy (and Avoiding the Pitfalls)

Last week FERC held a two-day technical conference on the participation of aggregated distributed energy resources (DER) in the wholesale energy markets. A priority policy issue for the year, Commissioners expressed various objectives for the conference, ranging from eliminating barriers to DER participation in wholesale markets to ensuring that DER aggregations do not undermine existing markets. continue reading »

Budget Reconciliation: The US electric grid requires immediate attention to early stage research at DOE

With the deadline fast approaching to pass a budget for FY 2018, there is a significant risk that critical early stage research programs at the Department of Energy will be severely underfunded. The House voted to take up the Senate’s budget request instead of trying to reconcile the differences between the two bills as a time saving... continue reading »

Secretary Perry’s Narrow Directive to FERC

Contradicting the findings from the Department of Energy’s August 2017 Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability that recent power market shifts are not sacrificing reliability, and contrary to FERC’s mandates to support just and reasonable rates in a non-discriminatory manner, Secretary Perry’s direction to FERC to take final action on a... continue reading »

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 »

We Can Have Reliable Energy and a Clean Environment

The much anticipated Department of Energy (DOE) Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability confirms that recent power market shifts in favor of natural gas and renewable energy were achieved without sacrificing reliability. The report describes the factors—especially the market forces driven by innovations in natural gas production—that have contributed to our... continue reading »

California: A Leader Twice Over

The State of California has extended its leading cap-and-trade program for another decade, demonstrating to the global community that a huge part of the US economy has a viable plan to meet very aggressive carbon mitigation goals that are consistent with the path to deep decarbonization needed globally to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. This new legislation allows California to retain compliance flexibility—potentially including linkages with Canadian provinces--and thereby facilitates the state’s high level of ambition. continue reading »

California’s AB 617: A New Frontier in Air Quality Management…if funded

Last week, Governor Brown signed AB 617—a law relating to criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants from sources other than vehicles. This new law, which passed alongside AB 398 extending California’s cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions, has the potential to make meaningful progress in reducing air pollution impacting disadvantaged communities and improving health outcomes. continue reading »

The Paris Agreement – You Can Pull Out, You Can Ignore It, but Here’s What You Can’t Do

US President Donald Trump has made it clear that he is no fan of the Paris Agreement.  After all Candidate Trump repeatedly stated he would “cancel” the Paris Agreement. The Trump Administration has now indicated that the decision on the fate of US participation in the international agreement will come by late May of this... continue reading »

CCAP Expanding Waste Program through Deepening Partnership with CCAC

Building on its experience developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions for the waste sector in Chile, Colombia and Peru, CCAP is deepening its partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s (CCAC) Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI) and expanding the impact of its waste program to new countries and cities through several activities described below. Together... continue reading »

Supporting a Peruvian Energy Transition through Distributed Generation

On February 23, 2017, CCAP and Peruvian non-profit Libélula co-organized a workshop on distributed generation in Peru, hosted by the Peruvian Ministry of Environment in the framework of the Support Project for Climate Change Management (Proyecto de Apoyo a la Gestión del Cambio Climático) that fosters INDC implementation in the country. Complementing ongoing work between... continue reading »

Transforming the Energy Sector in the Philippines

The Philippines program, Enabling Distributed Solar Power in the Philippines, was preliminarily selected for funding by the NAMA Facility under its 4th call for proposals. The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) worked with the Philippines Department of Energy over the last 2 years to develop this €20 million program that will accelerate the uptake... continue reading »

Transformation Ahead: Colombia TOD NAMA

Implementation is on track for the Colombia Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA, funded by the NAMA Facility, with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Safety (BMUB) and the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).The ultimate goal of the TOD NAMA is to transform Colombia’s urban... continue reading »

The Green Climate Fund – Making the Case to Trump Voters

My in-laws live in a small town in Northeast Ohio that could serve as the set for a documentary on the decline of manufacturing in the U.S.  A major rail line runs through the town and along that track are a half dozen shuttered plants.  My wife, who grew up in that town, reported last summer after... continue reading »

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 »

Continuing the Fight for Climate and Clean Energy

The election of Donald Trump has profoundly altered the political landscape on clean energy and climate in the United States. We have elected a President who has claimed that he will bring back coal and walk away from the Paris Agreement.  We will have to see how he actually governs but there are some realities... continue reading »

The Paris Agreement Enters into Force!

Today, the world celebrates the Paris Agreement’s entry into force. No other multilateral treaty has had the momentum that Paris had. Over 97 countries, representing more than 67% of global emissions have deposited their Paris Agreement instruments of ratification—crossing the thresholds provided for in the Agreement. The Paris Agreement is one of the fastest-ratified agreements;... continue reading »

Impact Opportunities in Clean Energy

CCAP, in collaboration with the impact investment firm, The Alberleen Group, recently hosted a forum on Impact Opportunities in Clean Energy in New York City at Crow­ell & Mor­ing LLP Office. I had the privilege of co-hosting with The Alberleen Group founder and CEO—and CCAP Board Member—Jolyne Caruso.  The forum also featured a fireside conversation... continue reading »

CCAP Applauds the Kigali Agreement to Reduce HFCs

This weekend, more than 190 countries adopted an amendment to the 1989 Montreal Protocol in Kigali, Rwanda, to reduce global levels of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 80 to 85 percent by 2047. CCAP applauds the international communities efforts to address HFCs—a powerful greenhouse gas (GHG)— through this landmark agreement. This is the second major international... continue reading »

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 »

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 »

How NAMAs Can Make Projects Bankable

Achieving national climate goals under the Paris Agreement will require substantial low-carbon, climate-resilient investment— and most of these resources will come from the private sector. The key challenge will be to turn countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) into concrete actions that create the conditions necessary for climate-compatible investment.  Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are one... continue reading »

From Concept to Reality: Colombia TOD NAMA Moving to Implementation

The Colombia Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA, a concept that was conceived in 2011 and preliminarily selected by the NAMA Facility in 2013, will now officially move to implementation, following  a €14.7 million grant from the NAMA Facility this past August. The NAMA is a comprehensive urban strategy that integrates sustainable mobility with land use development,... continue reading »

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 »

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 »

U.S. and China Joining the Paris Agreement Sends a Strong Signal to Developing Countries

On Saturday, the U.S. and China formally joined the Paris Agreement by delivering their official instruments of ratification to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon at the G20 summit in China. The commitments of the U.S. and China—two economic and technological superpowers–send a strong signal to developed and developing countries that implementing the Paris Agreement... continue reading »

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 »

Building the Plane as We Fly It: Progress and Next Steps for an Effective Green Climate Fund

“We are building the plane as we fly it.” This is a phrase often repeated by GCF Board members Leonardo Martinez of the U.S. and Tosi Mpanu Mpanu of the Democratic Republic of Congo, referring to the ongoing work of putting in place the Fund’s policies and procedures even as it opens its doors to business.... continue reading »

Building Climate and Clean Energy Solutions Post-Paris

I attended the June meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Songdo, Korea, to moderate a policy dinner that CCAP held there.  The GCF was established within the framework of the UNFCCC as a mechanism to provide mitigation and adaptation funding and financing to developing countries.  The ambition for the Fund is high.  When... continue reading »

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 »

The Green Climate Fund and the Paris Agreement

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) will play a key role in supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement. At its upcoming meeting in June, the GCF Board will consider the details of how the Fund could contribute to the outcomes and objectives of the climate deal.  To inform this discussion, CCAP has partnered with the... continue reading »

The Global Agreement to Fight Climate Change

Unbelievable, really. In Paris last December, 189 countries put commitments on the table to take action on climate. Then, last month on Earth Day, 175 of those countries came to New York to sign the Paris Agreement, including U.S., China and India. The Earth Day signing ceremony exceeded our expectations. With the support of these large... continue reading »

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 »

CCAP Submits Inputs for the Green Climate Fund’s Initial Proposal Approval Process

The GCF should be the “keystone” climate finance institution supporting the objectives of the Paris Agreement, including reducing emissions and building climate resilience in support of countries’ Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), as well as transforming financial flows. The GCF’s approach to the project cycle will be critical in order to build and efficiently support... continue reading »

Accelerating Waste Management Plans at the National Level to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

On behalf of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), CCAP is organizing the Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI) to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) workshop in Washington D.C. on March 31-April 1, 2016. The CCAC is a partnership of governments, non-government organizations and the private sector that work together to make meaningful reductions in... continue reading »

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 »

With the Paris Agreement in Place, What’s Next for the Green Climate Fund?

Last week, Board members of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) met for the first time since the historic Paris Agreement was adopted last December. While the Board shelved a number of important decisions until the June meeting, the atmosphere was positive and there was a constructive exchange of views on many issues. A key question... continue reading »

Financing INDC Conversion through the GCF

As the Green Climate Fund (GCF) opens its doors and other sources of climate finance scale up their support to developing countries, the coming years will be pivotal in helping countries convert their commitments under the Paris Agreement into financeable investment strategies. Early action on INDC conversion is critical. For many developing countries, the implementation... continue reading »

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 »

Fulfilling the Promise of the Paris Agreement

To fulfill the promise of the landmark Paris Agreement, we must shift the focus to converting countries’ individual climate goals, their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), into real greenhouse gas reductions. Last month in Mexico City, CCAP hosted its Seventh Latin America Regional Dialogue, which brought together high-level developing country policy makers with representatives from... continue reading »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Upcoming Climate Finance Opportunities in the GCF and NAMA Facility

On May 13th and May 21st, 2015, CCAP held two videoconferences around recent developments in the NAMA Facility and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with Asia and LAC countries in our Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN). Participants representing ministries of energy, climate change, environment and development across nine countries attended. CCAP shared new information about the NAMA Facility’s Third Call for proposals and recent developments in the GCF. MAIN countries discussed their plans to submit proposals to each of these funding sources. continue reading »

Peru’s Waste NAMA: Benefits in both GHGs and Sustainable Development

CCAP is pleased to announce its involvement in the design and development of a NAMA in Peru that will improve the collection and treatment of solid waste. With support from the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building and additional funding from the Nordic Economic Finance Corporation, or NEFCO, CCAP will work in close coordination... continue reading »

NAMA Funding Available through Germany-UK NAMA Facility

Formally launched at COP18 in Doha, Germany and the United Kingdom’s International NAMA Facility is now seeking submissions. The NAMA Facility has initial funding of nearly $100 million and is intended to support developing countries’ efforts to implement transformational, country-led NAMAs. Germany and the UK deserve tremendous credit for their leadership in making these investments in policies proposed by developing countries that can achieve multiple benefits including climate mitigation, sustainable development and poverty reduction. The first call for NAMA proposals opened in July and will run through September 2, 2013. continue reading »

Chilean Government Takes Great Step Forward in Climate Mitigation with Unilateral Renewable Energy NAMA

A major victory for mitigating climate change worldwide, Chile recently proposed Price Stabilization Fund (PSF) can serve as an example of how developing countries are pursuing ambitious unilateral NAMAs in additional to supported NAMAs. With financial support from the Chilean government, the PSF is not only ambitious but transformational in its ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, leverage investment within the private sector and increase public health benefits. continue reading »

How China Plans to Cut Carbon Pollution through Market-Based Measures

China just launched the world's second largest carbon emissions trading program – collectively, seven emissions trading pilots are expected to cover 700 million tons of CO2-equivalent by 2014. Shenzhen, a major city in the southern province of Guangdong, was the first of the seven emissions trading pilots to begin trading on June 17, 2013 covering 600 industrial enterprises that account for 40 percent of total emissions in Shenzhen. The program is projected to cut carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 21 percent by 2015, compared to 2010 output. This will exceed China’s national goal of reducing carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 17 percent, according to China’s 12th Five Year Plan. continue reading »

CCAP Supports Structural Reform of the EU Emissions Trading System

Last week the European Parliament supported a temporary measure that will stabilize the EU carbon price in the coming years. This so called "backloading" proposal will delay the auctioning of up to 900 million EU allowances over the next several years. These allowances will then be returned to the market before 2020. Although a positive move, a more fundamental reform to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) will be required in the near future in order to address the structural surplus of EU allowances. continue reading »

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 »

An Analysis of Potential and Existing Sources of NAMA Finance

NAMA finance is a critical component of the NAMA mechanism and is essential to getting NAMAs off the ground and into the next stage of implementation. Already at least 33 developing countries are in various stages of developing more than 55 NAMAs and 34 feasibility studies, exhibiting a high level of interest and engagement. Furthermore, this week, the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy, and Building and CCAP organized the Global NAMA Financing Summit bringing together high-level government officials across developing countries, key contributing countries, multilateral development banks, and international and national development banks to discuss the role that financing institutions have in support of NAMA development. continue reading »

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 »

Colombia Solid Waste NAMA Speeding Toward Implementation

The Colombian Integrated Solid Waste Management NAMA is speeding toward the implementation stage after CCAP’s recent trip to Colombia where the project garnered high-level support from the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), Ministry of Housing and Territorial Development (MVDT), Department of National Planning (DNP) and the Municipality of Cali. continue reading »

Colombia Transit-Oriented Development NAMA Gains High-Level Support

Traffic congestion and air pollution in Colombian cities is projected to increase substantially under current trends – CCAP’s recent analysis of a new University of the Andes study, indicates that driving in Colombia is expected to quadruple over the next 30 years. Already a leader in implementing bus rapid transit (BRT), Colombia is ready to take the next step and address land use and urban design tackling traffic and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the long term. CCAP has worked on the ground with leading Colombian stakeholders over the last year to develop a proposal for a Transit-Oriented Development NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) to implement and finance catalytic transit neighborhoods. continue reading »

Integrated Solid Waste NAMA in Colombia Primed for Progress in 2013

On-the-ground work on CCAP’s integrated solid waste nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) in Colombia progressed throughout 2012, and already the project is poised to make great strides in 2013. Since the memo of understanding (MOU) to conduct a feasibility study was signed in November, the project has moved forward in shaping a proposed NAMA. continue reading »

Evaluation of NAMA Opportunities in Colombia’s Solid Waste Sector

CCAP’s recently released executive summary for the report, Evaluation of NAMA Opportunities in Colombia’s Solid Waste Sector, outlines potential options for creating an integrated solid waste management system in four Colombian municipalities currently under study. This report represents the initial phase of a broader, Canadian-funded initiative to implement a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) in Colombia’s waste sector that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable development. continue reading »

The Road to NAMAs Blog Series: Thailand’s Funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Finance

Between 1990 and 2010, Thailand’s gross domestic product grew at an average rate of 4.5 percent annually. While energy demand kept a similar pace, growing, on average, 4.4 percent per year, this rate is expected to increase by nearly 40 percent over the next decade. This rapid growth in energy demand is leading to increased greenhouse gas emissions and energy security concerns in Thailand. continue reading »

The Road to NAMAs Blog Series: China’s Green Loans to Industrial Clients

Over the past 30 years, China’s burgeoning demand for energy has created significant challenges for its energy security and sustainable development. Due to its substantial industrial sector, growing middle class, rising manufacturing and export of energy-intensive goods, and seemingly non-stop construction, China uses more energy than any other nation on Earth. In response, policy leaders in China have made energy efficiency a top priority for the country. continue reading »

Policy Actions to Mitigate Methane in Latin America

Efforts to combat global climate change are fought on many fronts. Although many developed countries manage to divert a high percentage of waste away from sanitary landfills through recycling, composting, refuse-derived fuel, and waste to energy, many developing countries rely heavily upon landfill or open dump disposal because it is the only viable option. Often inadequate, these landfills emit methane gas that migrates out of the ground and into the atmosphere, significantly contributing to global warming. continue reading »

Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants through Improved Municipal Solid Waste Management

Following carbon dioxide, short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), such as methane, black carbon, tropospheric ozone and hydrofluorocarbons, are the most significant contributors to anthropogenic climate change, with some gases exhibiting global warming potentials several factors greater than carbon dioxide. For example, over 20 years, methane is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide in raising global temperatures.... continue reading »

Sustainable DC Plan Targets Emissions and Climate Resilience

DC Mayor Vincent Gray released the Sustainable DC Plan on Feb. 20 that sets forth ambitious goals and metrics pertaining to climate and the environment. The 20-year program includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2032, and enhancing the resilience of DC infrastructure to climate change impacts. continue reading »

The New Deal: Reforming the EU ETS to Enhance Low-Carbon Industrial Competitiveness

The Center for Clean Air Policy-Europe published a new report today called “The New Deal: An Enlightened Industrial Policy for the EU through Structural EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Reform.” This report recommends seven reforms to the EU ETS to spur the innovation and investments required to create a thriving and low carbon industrial sector. These reforms include the setting aside of EU ETS allowances into an industrial low-carbon transition fund, a price management mechanism, the structural adjustment of the EU ETS caps toward 2050 and a comprehensive assessment of competitiveness issues related to the EU ETS. continue reading »

EPA Publishes Rule for Industrial Boiler Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency published its final Boiler MACT rule on January 31st. The Boiler MACT (maximum available control technology) requires emission reductions for the most polluting industrial boilers and incinerators under the authority of the Clean Air Act – including those used for both industrial processes and for electricity generation. continue reading »

The Road to NAMAs

In the development of innovative climate change policies, an awareness of current policy ideas and implementations throughout the world can serve as an invaluable asset to policymakers.  By drawing on the experiences and lessons of other countries, policymakers can better craft their own strategies and design more effective policy instruments within their own national contexts.... continue reading »

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 »

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 »

CCAP Supports the STRONG Act to Strengthen Resiliency against Extreme Weather

As the eastern United States continues to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Congress is working on a bill that would provide critical technical assistance to prepare for and respond to extreme weather events. Today, Senators John Kerry, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Frank R. Lautenberg introduced the STRONG Act, which builds upon existing efforts... continue reading »

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 »

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 »

Extreme Weather Trends, Climate Science, and Public Opinion

The social, physical and economic devastation of Hurricane Sandy will be felt for many weeks and months to come. Sandy brought record precipitation and storm surge to the U.S. East Coast; more than 8 million households lost power and over 100 fatalities were reported. The latest estimates of economic losses range from $30 to $50 billion (Eqecat, IHS Global Insight). continue reading »

CCAP Signs MOU for Waste NAMA Feasibility Study

CCAP’s waste NAMA initiative took a great leap forward recently, as plans to conduct a feasibility study in Cali, Colombia were solidified on Nov. 6. In September, CCAP, with the support of its steering committee, had decided to focus on its next phase of potential waste NAMA studies in two cities – Cali and Sogamoso.... continue reading »

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 »

Hurricane Sandy and Critical Economic Infrastructure

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Atlantic City at 8pm on Monday, with maximum sustained hurricane-force winds of 80 mph, and the lowest central pressure to hit the region since a 1938 storm that caused damages of $37 billion (normalized USD2005). The combination of storm surge and high tide yielded a surge of 13.7 feet at... continue reading »

Fourth Latin American Regional MAIN Dialogue

Today begins CCAP’s fourth Latin American regional dialogue of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN). MAIN is helping catalyze climate policies, or nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy, transport, waste, and other sectors, as well as contribute to sustainable development in developing countries. The meeting will be held... continue reading »

NAMA Finance on the Ground

While CCAP continues to promote a bottom-up approach to climate change mitigation policies in developing countries, it’s imperative to also stay engaged in the larger debate that encircles NAMAs and international financial mechanisms. As part of that effort, CCAP President Ned Helme recently attended an International Workshop on NAMA Finance that was hosted by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation. continue reading »

Making the Case for Industrial Combined Heat and Power

US industry used more than 30 quadrillion BTU of energy in 2011 – more than 30 percent of domestic energy consumption – yet roughly one-third of energy used in industrial processes is lost as waste heat. Combined heat and power (CHP) systems can capture this heat for productive use. continue reading »

Don’t Run Over Public Transit

Today the House Committee on Ways and Means is reviewing HR 3864, which threatens to choke off funding for public transportation. The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Financing Act of 2012 would terminate all revenues dedicated to mass transit (2.86 cents per gallon of the federal gasoline tax), ending three decades of bi-partisan policy originally... continue reading »

Roadmap to Achieving Indonesia’s Targets

In the dizzying aftermath of the 17th Annual Conference of the Parties (COP-17) in Durban, South Africa, as climate policy analysts scramble to interpret the implications of the “Durban Platform,” it is worth stepping back a moment to look at a piece of legislation that was passed by Presidential Regulation in the archipelagic country of... continue reading »

Fast-start Finance: One more year to go

COP-17 marks the two-year point of the Fast-Start Finance period which was conceived out of the Copenhagen climate talks. Developed countries made the collective commitment to “provide new and additional resources, including forestry and investments through international institutions, approaching USD 30 billion for the period 2010–2012.” There is also recognition for a balanced approach between adaptation and mitigation initiatives. continue reading »

Fossil Fuel Subsidies and The Cost of Inaction

At the G20 Summit in Cannes, France in November of this year, participating nations re-affirmed their support “to rationalise and phase-out over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption, while providing targeted support for the poorest.” This commitment is rooted in a pledge made by the “Group of Twenty” in Pittsburgh... continue reading »

We were all his students – In Memory of Lee Schipper

Our dear friend and valuable colleague, Lee Schipper, transportation research guru par excellence, died on August 16th after a fast and fierce battle with cancer.  We’ve lost a giant. We will miss Lee for his deep knowledge, thorough analyses, quick wit, frank assessments and passionate presentations. Lee accomplished and published so much — influencing so... continue reading »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Obama’s International Gamble

Media and environmental NGOs around the world are calling COP 15 a failure. Even though the agreement fell short of the hopes and expectations of millions of people, the intense two week negotiation was a political triumph for some. Most notably, the United States. Facing fierce opposition from the Senate to commit internationally to targets... continue reading »

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 »

The silent participant

The business community’s presence appears to be pushed aside by more flamboyant NGOs. Members are diverse: from carbon emitters to carbon aggregators, banks, utility companies, technology providers, auditors, verifiers, monitoring companies, climate consulting and data management firms among others. All of them see their revenues affected in some degree by decisions made at COP 15.... continue reading »

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 »

Amongst the Thousands, CCAP is Making its Presence Known

The Bella Center, site of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP-15) is teeming with people. Some are in costumes, many are in business attire. Everyone is as busy as possible, pushing their agenda, trying to effect change. The sheer scope of humanity in this conference venue is staggering. Amongst the thousands can be found... continue reading »

NAMA side event report

The NAMAs side event was a rousing success. There were over 200 people who attended and our presentations sparked much interest. The Side Event was essentially broken up to address different issues. Ned Helme, Ellina Levina, and Mark Houdashelt presented for CCAP. Raekwon Chung from S. Korea, Alvaro Umana from Costa Rica, and Farukh Khan of... continue reading »

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 »

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 »