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Building the Plane as We Fly It: Progress and Next Steps for an Effective Green Climate Fund

“We are building the plane as we fly it.” This is a phrase often repeated by GCF Board members Leonardo Martinez of the U.S. and Tosi Mpanu Mpanu of the Democratic Republic of Congo, referring to the ongoing work of putting in place the Fund’s policies and procedures even as it opens its doors to business.... continue reading »

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Climate Finance

The Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015, represents a watershed event in the fight to address climate change. For the first time, almost all countries now have climate commitments in the form of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), or post-2020 pledges for emissions reductions. Converting these NDCs into implementable policies, programs and investment strategies will be... continue reading »

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Building Climate and Clean Energy Solutions Post-Paris

I attended the June meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Songdo, Korea, to moderate a policy dinner that CCAP held there.  The GCF was established within the framework of the UNFCCC as a mechanism to provide mitigation and adaptation funding and financing to developing countries.  The ambition for the Fund is high.  When... 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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The Green Climate Fund and the Paris Agreement

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) will play a key role in supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement. At its upcoming meeting in June, the GCF Board will consider the details of how the Fund could contribute to the outcomes and objectives of the climate deal.  To inform this discussion, CCAP has partnered with the... continue reading »

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CCAP Submits Inputs for the Green Climate Fund’s Initial Proposal Approval Process

The GCF should be the “keystone” climate finance institution supporting the objectives of the Paris Agreement, including reducing emissions and building climate resilience in support of countries’ Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), as well as transforming financial flows. The GCF’s approach to the project cycle will be critical in order to build and efficiently support... continue reading »

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Financing INDC Conversion through the GCF

As the Green Climate Fund (GCF) opens its doors and other sources of climate finance scale up their support to developing countries, the coming years will be pivotal in helping countries convert their commitments under the Paris Agreement into financeable investment strategies. Early action on INDC conversion is critical. For many developing countries, the implementation... 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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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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Policy Dinner on the Green Climate Fund

The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) – in coordination with GCF board members Mr. Arnaud Buisse (France), Mr. Irfa Ampri (Indonesia), Mr. Per Callesen (Denmark), and Mr. David Kaluba (Zambia) – hosted a policy dinner on the margins of the sixth board meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Bali, Indonesia.  The dinner... 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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NAMA colombiana de Desarrollo Orientado al Transporte seleccionada para recibir financiamiento

El 15 de noviembre, en la décimo novena conferencia de las partes (COP) de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (UNFCCC) celebrada en Varsovia, el Fondo internacional para financiamiento NAMA de Alemania y el Reino Unido anunció que entregaría fondos a la primera Acción Nacionalmente Apropiada de Mitigación (NAMA, por su... 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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An Analysis of Potential and Existing Sources of NAMA Finance

NAMA finance is a critical component of the NAMA mechanism and is essential to getting NAMAs off the ground and into the next stage of implementation. Already at least 33 developing countries are in various stages of developing more than 55 NAMAs and 34 feasibility studies, exhibiting a high level of interest and engagement. Furthermore, this week, the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy, and Building and CCAP organized the Global NAMA Financing Summit bringing together high-level government officials across developing countries, key contributing countries, multilateral development banks, and international and national development banks to discuss the role that financing institutions have in support of NAMA development. continue reading »

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Identifying Potential Sources for NAMA Finance

This paper is part of CCAP’s effort to support the development of NAMAs in developing countries through the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) program. It is meant to be an addendum to CCAP’s recent paper, An Emerging Architecture for NAMA Finance (May 2013), and was prepared as a resource specifically for developing countries participating in... continue reading »

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International Climate Mitigation in 2013: Fallow Ground or Transformational Change?

“Policy Insights” discuss practical climate change solutions that are emerging from CCAP’s extensive on- the-ground work in developing countries and internationally. Initially they will focus on the effective implementation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries. continue reading »

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MRV for NAMAs: Tracking Progress while Promoting Sustainable Development

This paper examines international experience with Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV), which has focused on accounting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the national and project levels. National reporting of emissions has centered on the preparation of national communications which are required every four years for developed countries. While national communications are currently voluntary for... 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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Inspiring Sessions and Real Actions: Reflections on MAIN- Bogota Dialogue

The Third Mitigation Action Implementation Network dialogue in Bogota last week successfully built on and surpassed the first two dialogues we held in 2011.  More than 70 participants from 8 Latin American countries (LAC), including teams of five policymakers from diverse ministries, came together to design policy actions, known as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)... continue reading »

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Fast-start Finance: One more year to go

COP-17 marks the two-year point of the Fast-Start Finance period which was conceived out of the Copenhagen climate talks. Developed countries made the collective commitment to “provide new and additional resources, including forestry and investments through international institutions, approaching USD 30 billion for the period 2010–2012.” There is also recognition for a balanced approach between adaptation and mitigation initiatives. continue reading »

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Climate Finance Works!

Before the inception of Fast-Start Financing and talks of a Green Climate Fund were even underway, climate finance was steadily flowing into developing countries by way of multi-lateral and bilateral financing mechanisms from developed countries. Europe in particular has been at the forefront, helping to finance a number of important actions in developing countries that... continue reading »

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Climate Finance Works

In Climate Finance Works, readers will find vignettes of situations where European funding has supported mitigation actions in developing countries. These projects are the seeds of change that are germinating around the world. As future financing flows, other such projects will grow and help create a fertile field that makes a difference when it comes... continue reading »