Ned Helme

Strategic Advisor

Ned Helme

Ned Helme is the founder and strategic advisor to the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP). Served as the organization’s President for more than 30 years. As a leading expert on climate and air policy, he advises Members of Congress, state and international governments, the European Commission and developing countries on these issues. Current CCAP projects include the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN), U.S. Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), and Future Actions Dialogue (FAD) as well as various initiatives in developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in Latin America and Asia. A noted speaker and facilitator, Ned is the author of more than 50 key studies on climate change, air quality, electricity regulation, and transportation policy. He has testified before Congress and international bodies, appeared on numerous U.S. and international TV news programs and is frequently quoted in the Washington Post, NY Times and other publications. With more than thirty years experience in climate and air policy, Ned has a broad and deep understanding of cap-and-trade programs and other market and non-market approaches to addressing climate change.

Ned played an instrumental role in the development and passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments in 1990, which established the first national emissions trading program in the U.S. He was also a driving force behind the Decin Project in the Czech Republic, the first project in the world which used carbon credits to finance the switch of a coal-fired heating plant to natural gas and efficiency, and led stakeholder discussions that produced the design of the Clean Development Mechanism. Ned also led the expert team that developed the original design of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme. Through his work in China, Mexico and other developing countries, Ned has pioneered the concept of focusing developing country actions and international finance in key industrial sectors, a concept that is central to the Cancun agreements reached December 2010 at the UN.

He serves on the Advisory Council to the German Environmental Agency (BMUB) International Climate Initiative and previously served on the Executive Committee of the Natural Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board. He has taught as an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and also served on the advisory board of BP’s renewable energy subsidiary. Prior to starting CCAP, Ned directed the Natural Resources Division of the National Governors Association and was a legislative director to a U.S. Congressman where he played a major role in U.S. legislation to regulate coal strip mining and project wilderness areas in West Virginia.

He holds an M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley and a B.A. in political science and psychology from Haverford College.

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