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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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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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CCAP Talks NAMAs with GCF Co-Chair in Philippines

CCAP President Ned Helme met with newly-elected Green Climate Fund (GCF) co-chair Governor Jose Maria Salceda (Philippines) while in the Philippines for a very productive discussion. This meeting came about while Helme was in Manila to co-chair CCAP’s Third MAIN Asia Dialogue and meet with key Philippines officials to discuss the development of Nationally Appropriate... 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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CCAP at Warsaw COP19

COP19 in Warsaw, Poland CCAP will participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) 19th Conference of Parties (COP), held in Warsaw, Poland from November 11 to 22, 2013. As part of the international climate change negotiations, CCAP – together with the International Solid Waste Association, the Nordic Partnership Initiative, and the Government of... 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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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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Integrated Solid Waste NAMA in Colombia Primed for Progress in 2013

On-the-ground work on CCAP’s integrated solid waste nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) in Colombia progressed throughout 2012, and already the project is poised to make great strides in 2013. Since the memo of understanding (MOU) to conduct a feasibility study was signed in November, the project has moved forward in shaping a proposed NAMA. 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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Tourism NAMA in the Dominican Republic

The tourism industry in the Dominican Republic currently accounts for 15 percent of its national GDP, and is situated to serve as a model sector for sustainability. With the high rate of energy consumption from hotels, the tourism sector offers the opportunity for NAMAs that reduce the island nation’s reliance on fossil fuels. Specifically, sustainable... continue reading »

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CCAP at Doha COP18

COP18 in Doha, Qatar CCAP participated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) 18th Conference of the Parties (COP), held in Doha, Qatar from Nov. 26 through Dec. 7, 2012. As part of these international climate change negotiations, CCAP hosted a side event to showcase progress made on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) throughout... continue reading »

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Fourth Latin American Regional Dialogue on the Development of NAMAs

The fourth regional dialogue of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) in Latin America took place from October 29 to 31, 2012 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The event was organized by the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), hosted by the Dominican Republic’s National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL),... 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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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... continue reading »

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Opportunities for Sustainable Development within the Waste Sector

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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Financial Advisers are Key Players in Early NAMA Design

As CCAP continues its work developing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), it has become increasing clear that successful implementation requires early integration of both policy initiatives and financial mechanisms. These efforts should be advanced in tandem to ensure that policy actions and financial mechanisms are mutually supportive. In this effort, financial advisers have proven to... continue reading »

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Q & A with Ned Helme: Leveraging Financial Investment in NAMAs

CCAP recently hosted a thought-provoking dialogue in Halong Bay, Vietnam for teams of policymakers from seven Asian countries in our Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN)  from July 24-26, 2012. MAIN is designed to help developing countries in Latin America and Asia to develop policy actions – known in UNFCCC parlance as nationally appropriate mitigation actions... continue reading »

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Using MRV Metrics to Promote Supported NAMAs

At the second Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) Asia Regional Dialogue in Vietnam, CCAP’s President Ned Helme presented to over 50 Asian and developed-country policymakers on “An Expanded Approach to Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV). ” (Click here to view the MRV paper.) This expanded approach seeks to meet the needs of bilateral donors, developing... continue reading »

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Asia Making Strides in Developing NAMAs

With growing emissions from the transport and energy sectors throughout Asia, enormous potential for renewable-energy deployment, and 700 million people still lacking access to electricity, Asian countries are ripe for the development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in the energy, transport, waste, and other sectors. During the course of the CCAP’s second Mitigation Action Implementation... continue reading »

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Implementing Vertical NAMAs to Reduce Transportation GHGs

As part of the second Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) dialogue in Asia, Transportation Policy Analyst Chuck Kooshian presented “A Vertical NAMA for Sustainable Urban Development.” He discussed the importance of urban form (i.e. the physical layout and design of a city) in reducing energy use from transportation and some of the possible hurdles involved... continue reading »

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Making Renewable Energy More Competitive in Chile

Chile is facing a major challenge within its power sector over the next decade. Increased demand for power is putting the country on to a high carbon trajectory if capacity is expanded using coal-fired power plants. On the other hand, Chile has incredible potential for expanded renewable energy through solar and wind power production. However,... continue reading »

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Second Asia Dialogue on the Development of NAMAs

Today begins the second Asia Regional Dialogue on the Development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), as part of CCAP’s Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN). This meeting builds on the first MAIN-Asia dialogue, which took place in October 2011, and will be hosted by Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). For the next... continue reading »

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CCAP Highlights NAMA Progress in Developing Countries

Although participants in the May 2012 UNFCCC climate negotiations in Bonn left with mixed emotions concerning the progress made in the plenary, two events made significant headway in advancing and showcasing mitigation efforts in developing countries: CCAP’s Policy Dialogue Lunch on financing for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and an AWG-LCA workshop on NAMAs by... 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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NAMAs: A Lead Strategy for Reducing Emissions in Developing Countries

CCAP’s recent submission to the UNFCCC seeks to uphold the NAMA approach The Bali Action Plan calls for consideration of “Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions” by developing country Parties “In the context of sustainable development” and “supported and enabled by technology, financing and capacity building, in a measurable, reportable and verifiable manner” (both actions and support).... 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 »