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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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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 »

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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 »

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An idea whose time has come

“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” These are the words of Victor Hugo, iterated by Claudia Salerno, the head of Venezuela’s delegation, during one of the final sessions of the Geneva climate negotiations on February 13, 2015. continue reading »

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Earth Day Insight: On the ground tilling new economic growth to reduce emissions

Today is Earth Day 2014. What better day to reflect on the direction of efforts around the world to reduce air pollution? A slew of environmentally focused articles and opinion pieces have sprouted recently, as is the usual pattern for this time of year, and a theme – one that you’ve heard CCAP expound a... continue reading »

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Germany-UK NAMA Facility Opens Second Call for Proposals

The International NAMA Facility announced its second call for NAMA Support Project Outlines, inviting national governments of developing countries and emerging economies to submit proposals for highly ambitious, feasible projects that have the potential to catalyze transformational change toward low-carbon development. The call will be open until July 15, 2014. To read more about the... continue reading »

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CCAP Working Internationally to Enhance Climate Negotiations and NAMA Development

In the lead up to an international agreement to address climate change, expected to be negotiated in 2015, CCAP is working globally on many fronts to pave the way for a paradigm shift toward low-carbon development. Recent meetings with high ranking officials and international policy makers highlight CCAP’s efforts to develop mitigation actions in developing... continue reading »

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Third Asia Regional MAIN Dialogue

Last week CCAP hosted its third Asia regional dialogue of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN).  MAIN is helping catalyze climate change mitigation policies known as nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in various sectors, as well as contribute to sustainable development in developing countries.  This most recent... continue reading »

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The Potential Contribution of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in a 2015 Climate Agreement

In the next two years, negotiators and experts will need to work out how to configure a comprehensive 2015 international climate agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. At the 17th conference of the parties in Durban, climate diplomats agreed to chart out a work plan (i.e. the Durban platform for enhanced... continue reading »

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Building local capacity to reduce short-lived climate pollutants from the waste sector: CCAP and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Recognizing the need to mitigate climate change in the near-term, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition was launched in February 2012 to leverage political will in an effort to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) such as methane, black carbon and other air pollutants. One of the Coalition’s key initiatives works directly with city and national... continue reading »

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Digging Deeper: Exploring Opportunities in Energy NAMAs in Peru

Many Latin American countries have made significant efforts to transition to clean energy. For example, a number of South and Central America states have tapped the potential of their abundant waterways to produce large amount of low-to-no-carbon hydroelectricity, and climate leaders like Costa Rica have implemented programs that obtain over 90 percent of their electricity... continue reading »

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Smaller Mexican Cities Making Big Changes in Transportation Systems

Compared to Greater Mexico City’s population of more than 20 million, Zacatecas and Durango are small-time players. Yet these cities in the northern Chihuahuan desert region have big ideas when it comes to improving their transportation systems and solving transport problems similar to those faced by many cities around the country. In September, CCAP visited... continue reading »

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Digging Deeper: Focusing more on Waste NAMAs throughout Latin America

The waste sector is increasingly being viewed by Latin American countries as a target sector for the development of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) in order to not only reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but also provide sustainable development benefits.  During CCAP’s Fifth Latin American Regional Dialogue on the Development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions... continue reading »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Increasing Access to Electricity and Reducing Emissions through Renewables

With rapidly growing demand for electricity, and with many citizens currently lacking access to electric supply, developing countries should consider policy options to economically deploy their substantial renewable energy potential. Various types of renewable energy can serve areas not connected to the power grid, provide more reliable water heating and meet base, intermediate and peaking... continue reading »

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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 »

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Opportunities for Sustainable Development within the Waste Sector

Waste-Pyramid

As CCAP’s MAIN program progresses, exploring possible policy options and strategies within the nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) framework that curb emissions and promote sustainable development is essential. The waste sector specifically presents a myriad of mitigation opportunities, many of which focus on reducing methane released during the disposal process. Methane, or CH4, is a... continue reading »

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Improving Fuel Economy and Reducing Vehicle Emissions

As nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) are proposed by developing countries to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and advance sustainable development within CCAP’s MAIN program, CCAP is examining policy options and global success stories that will provide insight and stimulate more discussion. With populations and car ownership rates continuously growing, transportation emissions account for... continue reading »

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Exploring NAMA Possibilities in the Integrated Waste Sector

After six months of research and on-the-ground in-country support, CCAP has confidence in the potential development of a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) in the integrated solid waste management sector in Colombia. CCAP has received enthusiastic support from critical stakeholders in this process, such as the Ministry of Environment (AMBIENTE), Ministry of Housing (VIVIENDA), Superintendent... continue reading »

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Enhancing the Environmental Integrity of International Climate Action by Solving the Kyoto Protocol Allowance Surplus

Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) are the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission allowances under the Kyoto Protocol. One AAU allows a country to emit 1 tonne of CO2 equivalent. Kyoto Protocol rules allow countries to carry over unused emission allowances into the next commitment period. A number of countries, such as Russia, Ukraine and Poland, have very... continue reading »

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