U.S. Climate Policy Initiative

Moving a National Climate Policy Forward

CCAP works with a range of stakeholders through our U.S. Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) to identify and support cost-effective policies in the United States that can win the support necessary for implementation. CPI builds upon CCAP’s almost 30-year history of constructive behind-the-scenes dialogues and in-depth analyses that led to the adoption of policies and programs in various states, including New York and California, as well as the landmark U.S. sulfur dioxide emissions trading program that established a successful market-based program for pollution reduction.

While action to enact comprehensive climate legislation in the U.S. Congress has stalled, complementary energy policies that produce tangible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are still explored and pursued. Additionally, there are opportunities to use Clean Air Act regulatory authority to achieve carbon emissions reductions in key industry sectors. Action on climate and energy policy issues from leading states has also blazed paths for others to follow. Even in the absence of comprehensive climate legislation, policies to support energy efficiency and lower-emitting energy resources – at all levels of government – are mitigating emissions while improving air quality.

CPI’s multi-stakeholder forum involves industry leaders, environmental groups, and state and federal government officials to develop cutting-edge policies to address climate change and related issues.

The Dialogue Process

Dialogue Meetings: CPI utilizes a series of dialogue meetings to build a common understanding of the climate and energy challenge and the advantages and disadvantages of alternative policy solutions. CCAP’s time-tested dialogue process has been used effectively to develop analysis and policy recommendations, as well as help reach political consensus.

Policy Briefings: CCAP provides educational briefings to policy makers on specific topics covered in the dialogue process. Officials and staff from EPA, DOE, and Congress also participate in the dialogue as observers.