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CCAP's Steve Winkelman's comments in this article by the Infrastructure Channel, "The problem is not technology: there are technological breakthroughs happening all the time,” he said. “It’s a question of implementation. Most cities could do something like this with existing technology.” continue reading »
CCAP's Director of International Policy Analysis, Laurence Blandford, comments in this article in CBC News, "It's not a good day if the U.S. withdraws from the Paris agreement; it's not a good day for climate action ... It's better that they're in and taking action than being out, because overall we need more ambition from everyone... However, there are significant players who are likely to take up the mantle of leadership, notably the Chinese. And there are technological trends that suggest one could at least be optimistic that increasingly climate friendly options will become the more affordable ones and will more likely be chosen in the market." continue reading »
Bill Tyndall, CCAP CEO, comments in this Deutsche Welle article, "The [executive] order will have very little impact in the short term." He also believes US power companies will continue to move toward decarbonization in order address the "real business risk" posed by climate change and the global shift away from fossil fuels. "The US power sector has already made significant progress on reducing greenhouse gases due to the ongoing boom in renewable energy and the continuing low price of natural gas. These market forces will not change with this executive order." continue reading »
LA Times: California won't meet its climate change goals without a lot more housing density in its cities
CCAP's Steve Winkelman comments in this Los Angeles Times article, "Nowhere is going to look like Singapore or Hong Kong or Manhattan, but there will be intensification of development in central areas and in some outlying areas,” said Steve Winkelman, director of the Center for Clean Air Policy, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that has studied the land-use implications of the state’s climate targets. “The central areas will look a lot more like European cities, with good transit access and pedestrian access." continue reading »
CCAP's Laurence Blandford comments in this Washington Post article, “This is a big opportunity for the Chinese to take leadership and ownership of climate direction, and they may just do that.” If the United States does pull out of the treaty, he said, “progress would continue but perhaps not as fast as before.” Also helping is that renewable energies such as solar and wind power are becoming dramatically less expensive, to the point where they are competitive with fossil fuels. That means market forces could propel them forward in the United States with or without federal backing. continue reading »
Now that the Paris climate agreement is binding, CEO BIll Tyndall previews the COP22 meeting in Marrakesh on E&ETV's OnPoint with Monica Trauzzi, and discusses the key drivers behind optimizing private-sector funding for clean energy projects in developing nations. continue reading »
After three decades of work on air and climate policy as president and founder of the Center for Clean Air Policy, Ned Helme today exclusively announced to E&E that he will step down as president of the organization effective Feb. 16. During today's OnPoint exclusive, Helme and CCAP's incoming CEO, William Tyndall, discuss the changes ahead for the organization and plans for policy dialogues, clean energy technology distribution and climate finance. continue reading »
William F. Tyndall is the new CEO of the Center for Clean Air Policy, succeeding Ned Helme, the founder and president of CCAP who is stepping down after 30 years. Tyndall led clean energy initiatives at Duke Energy as vice president for commercial strategic initiatives. continue reading »
"As more than 150 world leaders gather this week in New York at the United Nations, the issues of sustainable growth, energy, and climate change will be at the forefront." continue reading »
"NAMAs, or Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, are not even a decade old, but have already attracted billions in funding and are proving to be a market-friendly way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in developing nations, which need the help most." continue reading »
CCAP’s Ned Helme discusses why international donors should embrace more local control of climate financing in The Hill. continue reading »
CCAP’s Ned Helme in The Hill discusses why government commitments on climate change need greater specificity. continue reading »
CCAP’s Ned Helme quoted on G7 Summit and UNFCCC negotiations at SB42. continue reading »
CCAP President Ned Helme discusses the steps the U.S. must take in an effort to finance the fight against global warming, and the benefits doing so will have on the U.S. and other regions around the world. continue reading »
CCAP President Ned Helme discusses the win-win opportunities that could come with the U.S. making a significant commitment to the Green Climate Fund. continue reading »
Ned Helme calls the new EPA rules "powerful" and "a game-changer for the international process." continue reading »
Steve Winkelman comments on the third U.S. National Climate Assessment. continue reading »
CCAP's Steve Winkelman discusses how energy efficiency and microgrids can play an important role in helping the U.S. cope with climate change. continue reading »
Ned Helme, president of the Center for Clean Air Policy, discusses the United States' shifting influence in the international negotiations and previews next week's Green Climate Fund meeting. continue reading »
Steve Winkelman comments on the usefulness of the third National Climate Assessment. continue reading »
The National Climate Assessment, released by the White House, will help with public understanding about climate change, according to CCAP's Steve Winkelman. continue reading »
Steve Winkelman, director of transportation and adaptation programs, says the Third National Climate Assessment released by the White house "will help federal agencies, states, communities, and citizens understand how climate change will impact their day-to-day activities." continue reading »
The Colombia Transit-Oriented Development NAMA was featured in the 7th issue of Mitigation Partnership's Mitigation Newsletter. continue reading »
CCAP's quarterly update on the organization's efforts both internationally and domestically, including our Policy Dialogue dinner alongside the GCF board of directors meeting in February, our efforts to advance the EPA's guidance for states under the Clean Air Act, and our exploration of the possibility for climate resilience through adaptation and mitigation synergies. continue reading »
Steve Winkelman of the Center for Clean Air Policy shares that he was particularly pleased to see the White House engage the private sector on adaptation. continue reading »
Director of the CCAP’s adaptation and transportation programs, Steve Winkelman, calls President Obama's newly proposed Climate Resilience Fund a "new reason for hope." continue reading »
Steve Winkelman, director of the CCAP’s adaptation and transportation programs, calls the 2015 Federal Budget proposal “an important benchmark in the battle against climate change,” in part because of the Climate Resilience Fund. continue reading »
Steve Winkelman comments on President Obama including a section for adaptation and resiliency in his proposed 2015 Federal Budget. continue reading »
Steve Winkelman comments on the challenges the president will face in making major accomplishments on climate through the budget process. continue reading »
Steve Winkelman, director of the Center for Clean Air Policy’s adaptation and transportation programs, comments about the climate change portion of President Obama’s budget plan due out this week. continue reading »
CCAP President Ned Helme discusses how relying on coal is harmful to both the economic and public health of localities and their citizens, and that reducing dependence on coal can also increase the number of well-paying jobs. continue reading »
Regarding EPA's plan for fossil fuel plants, CCAP's Ned Helme argues that Obama "can do it in a way that's very beneficial from an economic standpoint" by providing flexibility that is sensitive to regional differences across America. continue reading »
Ahead of the president's State of the Union address, CCAP president, Ned Helme, says Obama should reaffirm his commitment to the aggressive timetable and agenda he laid out a year ago, especially with regard to regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. continue reading »
CCAP's Ned Helme told China Daily that the new study on China's emissions reaffirms the need to build environmental impact costs into future US-China trade-pact discussions. continue reading »
Ned Helme, president of the Center for Clean Air Policy, is amongst the environmental campaigners calling on the president to reaffirm his commitment to tackling climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. continue reading »
CCAP's president, Ned Helme, says President Obama should rank the battle against climate change as one of his top priorities in his State of the Union address. continue reading »
CCAP President Ned Helme calls for President Obama to rank the battle against climate change as one of his top priorities in next week's State of the Union address. continue reading »
Steve Winkelman, CCAP director of transportation and adaptation programs, discusses making informed decisions about building infrastructure in vulnerable areas. continue reading »
Stacey Davis calls the recent rise in coal production a "short term blip on the screen." continue reading »
Ned Helme sat down with Argus Air Daily to discuss the outcome of the recent UNFCCC Conference talks in Warsaw and power plant regulations that the EPA will propose in June 2014. continue reading »
CCAP President Ned Helme discusses the positive steps taken during the UNFCCC's 19th Conferences of Parties (COP) in Warsaw and how events in 2014 will impact climate decisions in 2015. continue reading »
Ned Helme was featured on E&E TV to discuss the U.N.’s progress on an international climate agreement, saying that important action on the sidelines of the negotiations is building action on the ground and promoting a “bottom-up” approach to climate progress. continue reading »
Faced with increasing urbanization, traffic gridlock and worsening air quality, decision makers from Colombia decided to take a page out of Washington, D.C.'s book of urban development. continue reading »
CCAP will provide funding for the city of Cali, Colombia to develop studies that will allow the design of selective collection routes for organic waste. The study will be coordinated by Maria del Mar Mozo, from Emsirva and will articulate all the actors that participate in the collection and recycling value chain. The results will be ready in about 4 months (Jan/Feb 2014) and the feasibility of including informal waste pickers in these routes will be then evaluated. continue reading »
As the Green Climate Fund begins shaping a possible $100B effort globally for climate finance initiatives, CCAP President Ned Helme provides his insight in ClimateWire’s recent coverage. Helme discusses the positive results of the October meeting in Paris and emphasizes the need for both wealthy countries and the private sector to feel comfortable with their investments. continue reading »
CCAP President Ned Helme, urges collaboration between public and private sectors in the development of NAMAs by the United Nations and the Green Climate Fund to create a win-win senario in the fight against climate change. continue reading »
Ned Helme, president of CCAP, encourages the United Nations and the Green Climate Fund to embrace private sector support in the global fight against Climate Change. continue reading »
In response to the EPA's September 20, 2013 announcement re-proposing rules on existing power, CCAP President Ned Helme weighs in on the Clean Air Act and a sensible path moving forward. continue reading »
The cities of Stockholm and Vina del Mar signed an MOU agreeing to collaborate on a national and municipal level in waste management. Vina del Mar Mayor Virginia Reginato said in reference to the agreement, "We are working on several programs of recycling and extensive environmental activities focused on reducing the household and commercial waste. However, we need a guide, and this agreement will allow us to move forward in an structured way, based on a sustainable development strategy." continue reading »
Vina del Mar has signed an MOU with the City of Stockholm agreeing to collaborate on their efforts in Chile's waste management sector. Vina del Mar Mayor Virginia Reginato said that this agreement will promote the cleanness of the City and improve standards, including the work done at schools. CCAP helped facilitate this agreement through involvement with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). continue reading »
Municipalidad de Viña del Mar y Estocolmo firman acuerdo de colaboración para potenciar el reciclaje
Working to contribute a cultural change and improve recycling rates in the municipality, the cities of Stockholm and Vina del Mar signed an MOU agreeing to collaborate on a national and municipal level in waste management. This agreement was facilitated by CCAP through involvement with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). continue reading »
The core principle of NAMAs recognizes that different countries should adopt strategies to reduce pollution based on their own capabilities and needs. In his recent op ed in the Global Post, Ned Helme, president of CCAP, reveals the current NAMA-like policies moving forward in Chile. Through the Price Stabilization Fund (PSF), Chile is reducing air pollution and increasing public health by utilizing renewables instead of coal power plants for increased electricity needs. continue reading »
Ned Helme, president of CCAP, pushes for the EPA to issue standards in early 2014 in order to give the states enough time and to see results quickly in an op ed featured in The Hill. An accelerated timeline, combined with flexibility involving CHP and natural gas, the U.S. has a shot at assuming a leadership role in combating global climate change. continue reading »
CCAP President Ned Helme makes the case for the EPA to stick to a quick timetable for finalizing emissions regulations for existing power plants. He stressed the importance of finalizing state implementation plans before the turnover in presidential administrations. continue reading »
CCAP-Europe Director, Tomas Wyns, gives insight into China's new carbon trading pilots and the importance of the first pilot to launch in Shenzhen, a major economic city in the Guangdong Province. continue reading »
CCAP-Europe Director, Tomas Wyns comments on the regulatory and non-compliance issues for the covered enterprises under China’s emissions trading pilots. continue reading »
CCAP-Europe Director, Tomas Wyns, discusses how China's new emissions trading pilots will help shape China’s next 13th Five-Year Social and Economic Development Plan. continue reading »
CCAP-Europe Director, Tomas Wyns, comments on the Hubei Government’s advanced design of its emissions trading pilot set to launch in 2013, and how the ETS will help Hubei meet its goal to reduce carbon intensity by 17% from 2010 levels by 2015. continue reading »
Ned Helme calls for President Obama to not just "ask," but "act," when it comes to passing legislation that would cut emissions from existing power plants. continue reading »
Discussing the climate change policy game-changers in the National Journal's Expert Blog, Ned Helme notes the strides developing countries have made in adopting climate-conscious policies. In an effort to grow sustainably, developing countries are taking the lead on addressing climate change with policies known as nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs). continue reading »
Ned Helme talks with the Energy Guardian about the Obama Administration's opportunity to cut carbon emissions by finalizing standards on existing coal-fired power plants. continue reading »
Chile’s secretary of the environment Ricardo Irarrázabal Sánchez explains his country’s proposed organic waste NAMA, which was presented at CCAP’s Global NAMA Financing Summit. The NAMA will improve waste management for certain industries and also generate green energy. continue reading »
With the Germany-UK NAMA Facility taking off, CCAP President Ned Helme said NAMAs will really start to be rolled out. continue reading »
CCAP President Ned Helme discusses the role of NAMAs as effective climate policies in developing countries, noting the decline of CDM offset projects. continue reading »
CCAP's Global NAMA Financing Summit held in Copenhagen from May 15-17 was featured in the Portail Environnement. continue reading »
CCAP-Europe Direct Tomas Wyns explains China’s plan to launch an emissions trading system in the Hubei province plus six other pilot regions. The trading programs will set the stage for a national ETS that could be included in China's 2016-20 five-year plan. continue reading »
After a failed backloading vote, CCAP-Europe Director Tomas Wyns discusses the potential impact a second vote could have on the future of the EU ETS. continue reading »
Amidst a failed bailout for the EU ETS, plus a carbon price that continues to fall, CCAP-Europe Director Tomas Wyns explains the carbon crisis and how this happened in the first place. In a National Geographic Q&A, he answers the question, Is the EU ETS dead? continue reading »
CCAP's Chilean waste NAMA was described in an El Dínamo article. Chile's Minister of the Environment, Maria Ignacia Benitez, called the waste NAMA, which diverts industrial and municipal organic waste, a great step forward to advancing climate change policies, adding that the initiative reflects Chile's commitment to fight climate change. continue reading »
CCAP's collaborative efforts to generate a waste NAMA in Colombia were featured in a ClimateWire article. Ned Helme emphasizes the economic and social benefits of the methane management project. continue reading »
Ned Helme's Op-Ed for The Energy Daily explains nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and how they not only benefit the environment, but also boost growing economies and improve communities. continue reading »
As European industries import more U.S. coal, the profit margin for generating electricity from coal is about $39 per megawatt-hour, and only about $3 for gas-fired plants. CCAP-Europe Director Tomas Wyns touches on this difference between the "clean dark spread" and the "clean spark spread," and how the EU ETS plays a role. continue reading »
Waste Management World Magazine featured CCAP’s new video, which outlines the Colombia waste NAMA initiative.
Ten major cities from every region in the world came together in Vancouver to pave the way for significantly reducing short-lived climate pollutants from solid waste. The gathering followed months of on-the-ground assessments in cooperation with the Municipal Solid Waste initiative of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition – a transformative global partnership of countries,... continue reading »
CCAP-Europe Director Tomas Wyns argues the EU ETS could be the catalyst for long-term economic growth and significant innovation in the European manufacturing sector, if reforms are undertaken. continue reading »
Director of Transpiration and Adaptation Programs Steve Winkelman met with city planning officials in Bogotá, Colombia to discuss NAMA opportunities in transit-oriented development.
How can energy productivity jump-start America’s economy? Ned Helme responds to this question posed by Senator Mark Warner in the National Journal’s Energy Experts Blog, citing the use of Combined Heat and Power (CHP), along with industrial energy efficiency measures to spur a domestic manufacturing renaissance.
Ned Helme weighs in on newly-appointed Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony about the importance of addressing climate change.
Latin American countries are making strides toward climate change mitigation goals, despite the slow pace of negotiations. Ned Helme discusses CCAP’s work with these countries and the additional benefits associated with greenhouse gas reduction goals.
In an interview with E&E TV, CCAP President Ned Helme discusses what he anticipates for meeting outcomes and highlights who he believes are the key players for financing climate change mitigation actions. He also discusses the future of the Clean Development Mechanism.
CCAP’s Steve Winkelman weighs in on the adaptation efforts in New York as the city looks to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. In E&E’s Greenwire, Winkelman stresses the need for preventative action against extreme weather events, noting the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.
CCAP President Ned Helme presented at the international NAMA finance workshop organized by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation.
Former director of policy research at CCAP, Bill Whitesell recently published Climate Policy Foundations, a narrative about climate history, grounded in the science and economics of policy issues.
Director of Transportation and Adaptation Programs Steve Winkelman outlines his latest report about climate adaptation and city planning in E&E’s ClimateWire.
CCAP Representative in Mexico, Andres Avila, was featured in ClimateWire discussing Mexico’s push for climate change legislation.
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. continue reading »
The EPA issued the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.
CCAP President Ned Helme outlines CCAP’s new initiative to develop greenhouse gas reduction projects in Latin American countries.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Announces the Climate And Clean Air Initiative to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants
Developing countries can reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions through voluntary actions, but they need the full support of developed nations, says Sonja van Renssen. continue reading »
CCAP President Ned Helme was quoted in Greenwire, discussing possible outcomes for a domestic emissions treaty.
CCAP-Europe Director Tomas Wyns was quoted in a Financial Times article about the EU’s ruling to require airlines to pay for carbon pollution.
Tomas Wyns urges European leaders to intervene in the carbon market in an effort to boost prices.
After Durban, focusing efforts in developing countries is key.
Ned Helme was quoted in the Washington Post explaining the recent Durban agreement made in the final hours of COP17.
With COP17 wrapping up, Tomas Wyns calls for more U.S. action in climate initiatives and urges the rest of the world to keep moving forward, in a ClimateWire article.
It doesn’t solve the problem to buy a hybrid and retrofit your house if all of that takes place 20 miles from your job. continue reading »
As U.N. climate talks get underway in South Africa, local strategies are replacing the Kyoto global pact.
As climate talks begin at COP17 in Durban, South Africa, Ned Helme discusses the importance for “bottom-up” strategies as a means for emissions reductions in developing countries.
CCAP President Ned Helme comments on the economic and public health benefits of EPA regulations, in the National Journal Expert Blog.
CCAP President Ned Helme explains why it’s time to end our dependency on coal.
Ned Helme explains why he believes negotiators should shift their focus to more achievable goals. He also highlights progress made among developing nations to meet climate change goals.
Ned Helme makes the case for industrial energy efficiency in the National Journal’s Energy Experts Blog, noting U.S. energy-intensive manufacturing plants are often less efficient than similar facilities in developed countries.
Developing countries from Latin America and Asia are meeting in a new initiative to share policies that reduce greenhouse gases and could be eligible for United Nations financing.
In the National Journal’s Energy Experts Blog, Ned Helme stresses the need to address climate change through effective solutions that require actions from every sector from around the world.
With the Kyoto Protocol set to expire in 2012, Ned Helme discusses major mitigation projects already in the works in developing countries. Read more.
In response to “What Should Congress Do With EPA’s Carbon Rules?” Ned Helme tells the National Journal Congress should complement EPA action by providing financial incentives needed to modernize an aging industrial sector.
Transportation Policy Analyst Chuck Kooshian discusses the new report Growing Wealthier that outlines ways to efficiently develop urban areas and grow the economy. Kooshian also explains the economic benefits of making cities walkable.
CCAP’s report on Smart Growth and climate change, Growing Wealthier, was featured in the Huffington Post’s green blog.
In the New York Times Economix Blog, Transportation Director Steve Winkelman discusses the divergence of economic growth and driving growth, and provides insight for transportation planners and real estate developers.
Steve Winkelman and Chuck Kooshian discuss findings in comprehensive new report, “Growing Wealthier: Smart Growth, Climate Change and Prosperity.”
Ned Helme discusses the text adopted at the Cancun Agreements and what it means for both developing and developed countries.
CCAP President Ned Helme shares his outlook on COP16 in Mexico, in comparison with the 2009 talks in Copenhagen.
Ned Helme praises Mexico’s efforts to pull together final negotiations at the Cancun climate talks, in an Energy Daily recap of the UNFCCC’s COP16.
Ned Helme was quoted in an E&E ClimateWire article that recaps the COP16 climate talks.
Ned Helme was quoted in an E&E Greenwire article that chronicles the final hours of the COP16 climate negotiations in Cancun.
Ned Helme discusses the Cancun climate negotiations in a Washington Post article, noting the efforts of Mexican officials to craft an inclusive package.
Ned Helme was describes Mexico’s efforts to pull off a negotiating “tour de force” in a Washington Post article that outlines the Cancun Agreements.
After addressing the United Nations on climate change, President Obama aimed to add momentum to the international climate negotiations ahead of the Copenhagen meeting. In an E&E TV interview, CCAP President Ned Helme gives his take on the U.N. special session on climate change. He also discusses Obama's speech and talks about China's changing role in the negotiations. continue reading »
Focusing on the deployment of clean technology could be a more realistic approach to cutting greenhouse gas emissions than setting emissions targets for China and other developing countries, researchers at the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) say in a new report.