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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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Seizing the Moment to Align Oil and Gas Methane Mitigation

A recent flurry of cross-border activity between the U.S. and its two North American neighbors appears poised to shift the continent towards a more unified oil and gas regulatory regime. Last month the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signed a memorandum of understanding with Mexico’s energy ministry to facilitate discussion and information sharing towards sustainable development... continue reading »

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Fulfilling the Promise of the Paris Agreement

To fulfill the promise of the landmark Paris Agreement, we must shift the focus to converting countries’ individual climate goals, their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), into real greenhouse gas reductions. Last month in Mexico City, CCAP hosted its Seventh Latin America Regional Dialogue, which brought together high-level developing country policy makers with representatives from... continue reading »

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Transforming the Energy Sector and Implementing NDCs

With the historic Paris climate agreement now in place, including mitigation commitments, now called Nationally Determined Contributions or (NDCs), from 195 countries, governments are now charged with  converting their targets into actionable policies and programs on the ground.  CCAP’s recently-released a paper, Converting Nationally Determined Contributions into Action, takes a deep look at INDCs from... continue reading »

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Aligning Investment with the 2°C Goal

The international community has committed to keeping the rise in global average temperature to below 2°C. However, global financial investments are often inconsistent with this objective. The German government has commissioned a study on “2°C Compatible Investment Criteria,” which investigates how public financial institutions can develop selection processes that evaluate whether project proposals are consistent with the 2°C goal. continue reading »

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Upcoming Climate Finance Opportunities in the GCF and NAMA Facility

On May 13th and May 21st, 2015, CCAP held two videoconferences around recent developments in the NAMA Facility and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with Asia and LAC countries in our Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN). Participants representing ministries of energy, climate change, environment and development across nine countries attended. CCAP shared new information about the NAMA Facility’s Third Call for proposals and recent developments in the GCF. MAIN countries discussed their plans to submit proposals to each of these funding sources. continue reading »

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NAMAs – A Promising Solution to the Climate Change Challenge

Not long ago, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) were little more than an obscure idea contained in a single sentence on an international climate change treaty document. Today, NAMAs are springing up around the globe as a promising solution to the climate change challenge thanks in large part to extensive efforts by groups like the... continue reading »

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Fact Sheet on Green Resilience: Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies

CCAP encourages communities, companies and policymakers to Ask the Climate Question about key policies and infrastructure investments: Does it cut carbon pollution while also preparing for climate change impacts? We help our partners “connect the dots” between adaptation and mitigation to implement Green Resilience policies and measures that reduce GHG emissions and enhance resilience to... continue reading »

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“Implementation of Transit Oriented Development (Implementación de DOT)”

CCAP, with the support of the USAID Mexican Low Emissions Development (MLED) Program,  is working in close coordination with the ministries of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and Urban Development and Land Planning (SEDATU) to support implementation of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) as a new model for sustainable urban development in Mexican cities to reduce... 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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Colombia Transit Oriented Development NAMA Selected for Funding

Today at the UNFCCC 19th Conference of Parties (COP) in Warsaw, the joint Germany-UK NAMA Facility announced the funding of the world’s first Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA in Colombia. CCAP will partner with Colombian Development bank FINDETER to deliver $20 million (USD) in technical and financial resources to catalyze the building of TOD neighborhoods in... continue reading »

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Effective, Cost-effective Outcomes via a System-Based Approach

CCAP Senior Program Manager Stacey Davis testified before an EPA “public listening session” regarding the regulation of carbon emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air Act. The session, held November 7,2013 at EPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., is just one of eleven such sessions held around the country to gather ideas and perspectives about... 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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Building Partnerships to Reduce Emissions from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector

Sweden – and Stockholm in particular – are renowned for their sustainable waste management practices.  Bolstered by a landfill-tax and ban on organic waste, the city sends just four percent of its solid waste to landfills.  In comparison, OECD countries dump an average of 40 percent of waste in landfills, according to a 2012 World... continue reading »

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Advancing Smart Greenhouse Gas Standards for Existing Power Plants under the Clean Air Act

Through smart regulatory design at both the federal and state levels, Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act can be used to achieve meaningful and cost-effective greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions from existing power plants. Prior to issuing 111(d) regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will set a standard for regulating GHGs from new power... continue reading »

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Combined Heat and Power for Industrial Revitalization

This paper highlights the advantages of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in improving industrial competitiveness and environmental quality. It examines current and potential levels of CHP deployment in the industrial sector along with key economic and policy drivers, discusses barriers to greater CHP penetration, and identifies a number of policy actions that can mitigate these barriers. In... continue reading »

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The President’s Climate Action Plan: Right on the Money

On July 26, 2013 President Obama announced a far-reaching Climate Action Plan that will support achievement of the U.S. commitment to reduce national carbon pollution in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 while redirecting our international development aid to foster clean energy choices in other countries. With the promised expeditious implementation... continue reading »

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Industrial and Municipal Waste NAMA in Chile

By targeting methane produced in landfills, solid waste management strategies aim to reduce emissions of this very potent gas and contribute to climate change mitigation efforts. Working on the Ground with Chile In line with Chile’s national waste strategy, CCAP helped to design an organic waste NAMA that aims to divert organic industrial waste from landfills,... continue reading »

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Developing Countries Project

As the UNFCCC moves forward with international climate change negotiations, it is critical that developing countries are ready and able to make significant progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and growing in a sustainable way. CCAP has helped developing countries prepare for and participate in UNFCCC negotiations through its Developing Country Project. Serving as the... continue reading »

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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... continue reading »

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Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN)

Supporting Ambitious Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions CCAP is working to support the design and implementation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and Low-Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) in developing countries through regionally-based dialogues, web-based exchanges, and practitioner networks. Recent UNFCCC negotiations have made it clear that climate protection will depend on actions on the ground in both developing and developed countries. In recent years, developing countries have shown a significant commitment to reducing emissions unilaterally and being involved in the ultimate climate solution. The MAIN initiative works to identify and highlight the most successful developing country mitigation policies and uses these lessons to assist other countries in refining their policies and implementation frameworks in order to achieve ambitious mitigation actions. Mitigation Action Implementation Network Objectives This initiative is designed to: Improve participant country’s capacity to design, plan and implement NAMAs that are consistent with any LEDS or national sustainable development plans. MAIN allows participants to learn from peers on real-world strategies to develop, finance and implement highly effective and cost-competitive NAMAs. Harvest best practices in NAMA development and implementation and provide participants with examples of successful bottom-up strategies informed by on-the-ground, in-country experiences.  These examples will offer an effective way to achieve significant emission reductions. Promote collaborative financing for such actions by providing strategies to make NAMAs attractive to possible funders from donor countries, including meeting expectations for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV).  MAIN dialogues will also help finance officials better understand the challenges faced in NAMA development and how funding can best support effective developing country policy outcomes. Help define a longer-term international program of action that produces global GHG reductions sufficient to limit adverse impacts from climate change. Provide participants with a network of personal contacts in other developing countries and with possible funders from developed countries who could support ambitious NAMAs. How MAIN Works MAIN consists of several components: Regional dialogues or “policy academies” wherein policy implementers from key ministries in each country, climate negotiators, finance and MRV experts, and industry representatives advance efforts to design, implement, and leverage financing for NAMAs.  These meetings will be composed of presentations on NAMA successes, roundtable discussions, brainstorming sessions, and networking opportunities. Harvesting of best practices is shared with participating countries, in which CCAP will identifies best practices in NAMA design and implementation, LCDS, MRV, and financing. Global dialogues and policy lunches that leverage the results of the fast-start finance period to shape climate policy at the international level. Virtual “knowledge sharing” sessions to enrich the peer-to-peer learning process initiated by the regional dialogues using web-based technology. Information About MAIN Introduction to the MAIN project – Asia and Latin America Video: Spurring Sustainable Development and Reducing Emissions through NAMAs continue reading »

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Weathering Climate Risks

Advancing Corporate and Community Resilience As the annual costs of severe weather events in the U.S. grow into the billions of dollars, companies and communities are examining how best to plan ahead to protect their assets and bolster their bottom line. CCAP encourages companies, communities and policymakers to: “Ask the Climate Question” How will infrastructure,... continue reading »

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BP & UK Companies: Preparing for Climate Change Impacts is Good Business

As part of CCAP’s Weathering Climate Risks program, we are examining public, private, and public-private efforts on preparedness for extreme weather and a changing climate. Today’s blog considers recent private sector activity. A 2011 report from Mercer concluded the cost of climate change impacts could exceed $4 trillion by 2030, and contribute up to 10%... continue reading »

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Is 20 the new 100?

Extreme weather trends and climate forecasts suggest so Welcome to spring and to the official launch of CCAP’s new blog, Weathering Climate Risks! We will focus on corporate and urban preparedness for extreme weather and climate change, emphasizing risk management, critical infrastructure and the economics of preparedness. On with today’s installment. It’s said that 60... continue reading »

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The Year of the Dragon: How China will Move Ahead on Climate Action in 2012 and Beyond

The impressive gigantic Chinese pavilion at COP17 in Durban might have been a coincidence but it may actually be a sign of the times. One thing is clear, the Chinese government’s confidence in implementing climate and energy legislation seems to be growing. In the coming years we expect the implementation of a new five-year economic... continue reading »

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Landing on the Durban Platform: CCAP’s Role

Ned Helme, founder and president of CCAP, emphasizes the importance of “Learning by Doing” – a key component of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) – in this last post in a series of six Q&As. Q: How do you envision CCAP’s role in facilitating the process to arrive at a global agreement under the... continue reading »

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Landing on the Durban Platform: Shifting to Adaptation

Vulnerability to natural disasters due to climate change have created a greater need for policy solutions. Ned Helme, founder and president of CCAP, discusses how support for adaptation projects in developing countries will be very beneficial in this fourth post in a series of six Q&As. Q:  Were there any other surprising shifts at Durban?... continue reading »

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The Durban Climate Summit and What it Means for Developing Countries

Last week delegates returned from the most recent international negotiations on climate change, held in Durban, South Africa.  CCAP was actively engaged with negotiators during the Conference of Parties (COP) and hosted several events on the sidelines.  After two weeks of negotiations, which ultimately ended 36 hours over schedule, the Parties to the UNFCCC were... continue reading »

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First Stop: Health. Next Stop: Carbon?

EPA should be congratulated on issuing the final mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for utilities. These rules are more than 20 years in the making and establish for the first time federal regulations to control mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. EPA estimates that the rule will reduce mercury emissions from coal-burning... continue reading »

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Strengthening EPA’s Hand In Addressing Climate Change

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in American Electric Power v. Connecticut resoundingly affirms the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to address global warming and regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. In 2004, several environmental groups and eight states, including Connecticut, California, and New York sued five large electric utilities to get them to... continue reading »