Pro-Business, Pro-Environment Programs to be Aired in Copenhagen

5.7.13

PRESS ADVISORY
May 7, 2013

Contact: Star Dodd, Communications Director
sdodd@ccap.org | 202.621.5665

Jeffrey Birnbaum
jbirnbaum@bgrpr.com | 202.661.6367

Pro-Business, Pro-Environment Programs to be Aired in Copenhagen

Officials from Developed and Developing Nations Meet to Review Initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 6, 2013 – Locally designed, government-backed programs that reduce air pollution in developing nations will be presented to potential donor governments during a special financing summit in Copenhagen May 15-17, according to Ned Helme, president of the Center for Clean Air Policy.

More than 50 top government officials from both developed and developing nations will discuss new transformational policy proposals during the three-day event called the Global NAMA Financing Summit. NAMA, which is short for nationally appropriate mitigation action, is a public-private partnership that promotes sustainable development, reduces poverty and cuts greenhouse gas emissions – and thus mitigates global warming – in developing nations where air pollution is often at its worst.

“The Copenhagen summit is a vital step in the development of these home-grown, anti-air-pollution, pro-business programs called NAMAs,” said Helme, whose organization has been instrumental in promoting them. “Several developing countries like Colombia and Chile already have such sustainable-development policies in place and are looking to go that next step. These countries want to build on the momentum and government leadership that has already been established. The Copenhagen summit will be the first major conference at which a large group of both donors and NAMA developers will discuss implementing these promising policies.”

Helme added: “A leading obstacle to achieving meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions has been the fear that doing so would cost jobs and slow economic growth. But the NAMA model shows that reducing global warming can also mean creating jobs and providing opportunities for the private sector.”

In places like Colombia and Chile, NAMA policies would, among other things, reduce methane emissions from landfills, boost “renewables” as an alternative to coal, and cut down on car traffic by clustering low-income housing, jobs and retail shops near rapid-transit hubs. NAMAs, which are custom tailored to each developing country’s needs, will begin receiving funding from the United Kingdom and Germany in September. The Copenhagen summit is meant to create more opportunities in climate finance around the globe.

If you wish to discuss this win-win trend in climate change mitigation, please contact Star Dodd (sdodd@ccap.org / 202.492.2210) or Jeffrey Birnbaum (jbirnbaum@bgrpr.com / 202.661.6367). They can put you in touch with Ned Helme of CCAP. Helme will be in Washington, London and Brussels en route to Copenhagen and is available for interviews.

 

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