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CCAP at COP22 in Marrakech

CCAP is participating in the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Marrakech, Morocco from November 7 – 18. COP22 will build on the landmark Paris Agreement that was signed at COP21 last year in Paris. In the lead-up to COP21, CCAP has been conducting research... continue reading »

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Designing NAMAs To Catalyze Bankable Low-Carbon Investment

Achieving NDC goals will require substantial investments in support of low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure and most of those investments will come from the private sector. Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are one tool for implementing NDCs that can be used to leverage domestic or international public support to mobilize private investment at scale. CCAP, along with... continue reading »

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Transportation and Sustainable Urban Development

Creating Sustainable Infrastructure Efficient transportation systems and low-emission vehicles are essential for achieving climate change goals and advancing sustainable, resilient and equitable development. Comprehensive urban strategies such as Transit Oriented Development (TOD) that integrate sustainable mobility with land use development generate economic benefits for individuals, governments and businesses. Cross-sectoral approaches such as linking electric vehicle... continue reading »

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Waste

Addressing the Waste Sector to Reduce Emissions Waste generation is growing faster than any other environmental pollutant, including CO2, particularly in developing countries where waste is a larger contributor to overall emissions. Applying efficient and sustainable waste management approaches can offer immediate and cost-effective results in cutting global GHGs, while creating new jobs and growing... continue reading »

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International Climate Policy

Paris and Beyond In December 2015, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21)of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted a global agreement to fight climate.  The landmark Paris Agreement was signed by 175 countries at a ceremony in New York in April 2016, and required all countries (“Parties”) to develop and maintain Nationally Determined... continue reading »

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Energy Transformation

Driving Advancements in Cleaner Energy Tremendous technology advancements in renewable energy, energy storage and energy efficiency are driving the transformation of energy and other sectors. As the energy sector is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions, a shift to cleaner and more reliable sources of power will be a critical building block... 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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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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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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U.S. Climate Policy Initiative

Moving a National Climate Policy Forward Since 2006, the U.S. Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) has brought together stakeholders to develop and test ideas for an effective and cost-effective national climate policy.  CCAP convenes multi-stakeholder dialogue meetings to present critical climate policy issues and facilitate off-the-record discussions among members, experts, and invited government officials.  Through its dialogue... 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 »