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 »
COP21 in Paris, France CCAP participated in the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), in Paris, France from November 30 – December 11, 2015. COP21 was aimed at adopting a global agreement on climate. The Paris Agreement is an ambitious global framework founded on the commitment shown by... continue reading »
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 »
The waste sector contributes over 5% of total Latin American greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Considering the 10 countries under study in this paper, 60% of waste sector emissions consist of methane (CH4) emissions resulting from decomposing waste in sanitary landfills and open dumps. Methane is a strong GHG, 86 times stronger than carbon dioxide (CO2) in a twenty... continue reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
In the lead up to an international agreement to address climate change, expected to be negotiated in 2015, CCAP is working globally on many fronts to pave the way for a paradigm shift toward low-carbon development. Recent meetings with high ranking officials and international policy makers highlight CCAP’s efforts to develop mitigation actions in developing... continue reading »
This meeting summary captures the key take-aways and discussion points from CCAP’s Policy Dialogue on Criteria for the Green Climate Fund, held at the UNFCCC 19th Conference of the Parties in Warsaw, Poland on November 18, 2013. Related documents: Discussion Draft: Supporting Transformational Climate Action through the Green Climate Fund
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 »
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 »
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 »
For almost two years, CCAP has engaged with Colombian stakeholders to develop a comprehensive solid waste sector NAMA. Because solid waste management is administrated at the local level, CCAP has been working with both national and subnational governments. The city of Cali has shown consistent political will to integrate their own efforts to improve solid... continue reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Compared to Greater Mexico City’s population of more than 20 million, Zacatecas and Durango are small-time players. Yet these cities in the northern Chihuahuan desert region have big ideas when it comes to improving their transportation systems and solving transport problems similar to those faced by many cities around the country. In September, CCAP visited... continue reading »
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 »
CCAP is pleased to announce its involvement in the design and development of a NAMA in Peru that will improve the collection and treatment of solid waste. With support from the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building and additional funding from the Nordic Economic Finance Corporation, or NEFCO, CCAP will work in close coordination... continue reading »
Working on the ground in Peru With support from the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building, CCAP is working to scale-up greenhouse gas mitigation efforts within Peru’s waste sector through a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) that will increase waste collection and improve waste treatment throughout Peru. Currently 5.7 percent of Peru’s total emissions... continue reading »
Formally launched at COP18 in Doha, Germany and the United Kingdom’s International NAMA Facility is now seeking submissions. The NAMA Facility has initial funding of nearly $100 million and is intended to support developing countries’ efforts to implement transformational, country-led NAMAs. Germany and the UK deserve tremendous credit for their leadership in making these investments in policies proposed by developing countries that can achieve multiple benefits including climate mitigation, sustainable development and poverty reduction. The first call for NAMA proposals opened in July and will run through September 2, 2013. continue reading »
A major victory for mitigating climate change worldwide, Chile recently proposed Price Stabilization Fund (PSF) can serve as an example of how developing countries are pursuing ambitious unilateral NAMAs in additional to supported NAMAs. With financial support from the Chilean government, the PSF is not only ambitious but transformational in its ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, leverage investment within the private sector and increase public health benefits. continue reading »
Este informe resume la visión compartida de las NAMA que CCAP ha ayudado avance entre los países desarrollados y en desarrollo. Resume los elementos fundamentales del concepto NAMA.
This brief outlines the shared vision of NAMAs that CCAP has helped advance among developed and developing countries. It outlines fundamental elements of the NAMA concept.
Last week 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 of these measures, the President’s package will spur the reduction of carbon pollution from the power sector in the United States and provide new momentum to the international climate negotiations. continue reading »
This executive summary outlines the potential Solid Waste NAMA in Costa Rica. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
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 »
CCAP y el Ministerio de Clima, Energía y Construcción de Dinamarca celebraron la Cumbre Global de Financiamiento NAMA en Copenhague, Dinamarca, entre el 15 y el 17 de mayo de 2013. Este evento forma parte de la iniciativa MAIN (Mitigation Action Implementation Network) de CCAP, que cuenta con el apoyo de Dinamarca, de la Iniciativa... continue reading »
This is a meeting summary for the Global NAMA Financing Summit, hosted by CCAP and the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building in Copenhagen, Denmark, from May 15 to 16, 2013. The Summit was part of CCAP’s Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) initiative, supported by Denmark, Germany’s International Climate Initiative, and Environment Canada. Building... continue reading »
This executive summary outlines the potential Waste NAMA in Vietnam. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Solar Thermal NAMA in Uruguay. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Waste to Energy NAMA in the Philippines. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Renewable Energy Construction Finance NAMA in the Philippines. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Waste to Energy NAMA in Peru. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Solid Waste Management Sector NAMA in Peru. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Sustainable Housing and Construction Sector NAMA in Peru. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Waste Sector NAMA in Pakistan. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Energy Efficient Lighting NAMA in Pakistan. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Low Carbon Urban and Housing NAMA in Costa Rica. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Coffee NAMA in Costa Rica. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA in Colombia. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Solid Waste NAMA in Colombia. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Organic Waste NAMA in Chile. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Self-supply Renewable Energy NAMA in Chile. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential Price Stabilization Fund (PSF) NAMA in Chile. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary book contains the potential NAMAs in Latin America and Asia. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
This executive summary outlines the potential biomass NAMA in Argentina. It was presented at the Global NAMA Financing Summit in May 2013.
Coinciding with the Global NAMA Financing Summit, CCAP released An Emerging Architecture for NAMA Finance, which describes how nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) can drive climate mitigation in developing countries. continue reading »
This paper lays out the role of NAMAs in scaling up climate action in developing countries by attracting investments from the private sector and development banks.
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 »
“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 »
The Colombian Integrated Solid Waste Management NAMA is speeding toward the implementation stage after CCAP’s recent trip to Colombia where the project garnered high-level support from the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), Ministry of Housing and Territorial Development (MVDT), Department of National Planning (DNP) and the Municipality of Cali. continue reading »
Since 2005, CCAP has worked with top Chinese policymakers from the NDRC, Provincial and Local DRCs, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), Provincial climate exchanges, academics and in-country researchers to provide technical analysis on mitigation policies, helping China reach energy intensity and greenhouse gas reduction targets. On April 2, 2014, China’s Hubei Province... continue reading »
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 »
CCAP’s recently released executive summary for the report, Evaluation of NAMA Opportunities in Colombia’s Solid Waste Sector, outlines potential options for creating an integrated solid waste management system in four Colombian municipalities currently under study. This report represents the initial phase of a broader, Canadian-funded initiative to implement a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) in Colombia’s waste sector that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable development. continue reading »
Between 1990 and 2010, Thailand’s gross domestic product grew at an average rate of 4.5 percent annually. While energy demand kept a similar pace, growing, on average, 4.4 percent per year, this rate is expected to increase by nearly 40 percent over the next decade. This rapid growth in energy demand is leading to increased greenhouse gas emissions and energy security concerns in Thailand. continue reading »
This presentation examines Chile’s current status with waste management, and focuses on industrial organic waste management.
Efforts to combat global climate change are fought on many fronts. Although many developed countries manage to divert a high percentage of waste away from sanitary landfills through recycling, composting, refuse-derived fuel, and waste to energy, many developing countries rely heavily upon landfill or open dump disposal because it is the only viable option. Often inadequate, these landfills emit methane gas that migrates out of the ground and into the atmosphere, significantly contributing to global warming. continue reading »
Over the last year, CCAP and other proponents have made significant progress in raising awareness of the potential for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) to achieve significant emissions reductions in the context of sustainable development, and developing countries are pressing ahead to design NAMAs with an eye towards winning international financial support. Taking stock of... continue reading »
This executive summary outlines potential options for creating an integrated solid waste management system in four Colombian municipalities. The report represents the initial phase of a broader, Canadian-funded initiative to implement a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) in Colombia’s waste sector that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable development.
This presentation provides an overview of the MAIN initiative, which aims to catalyze high-impact NAMAs and create a vibrant practitioner network on low-carbon development.
Presentation from second MAIN-Asia dialogue held in Vietnam.
Presentation from the second MAIN-Asia dialogue held in Vietnam.
Presentation from the second MAIN-Asia dialogue held in Vietnam.
Presentation from second MAIN-Asia dialogue held in Vietnam.
Presentation from the second MAIN-Asia dialogue held in Vietnam.
Presentation from the second MAIN-Asia dialogue held in Vietnam.
Presentation from the second MAIN-Asia dialogue held in Vietnam.
This presentation from COP18 in Doha outlines NAMA developments in the tourism sector of the Dominican Republic.
The ten stories showcased in this book include examples from around the world where countries have implemented NAMA-like policies that have successfully reduced greenhouse gas emissions while contributing to measurable sustainable development outcomes. In conducting the research for this book, mitigation actions in both developed and developing countries were considered, specifically those within the five... continue reading »
This policy brief provides an overview of a number of financial mechanisms and design elements to consider in developing NAMAs that can effectively mobilize investments in mitigation projects.
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 »
Working on the ground with Colombia In partnering with Colombia’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), private sector stakeholders and local industry experts, CCAP is helping to implement an integrated solid waste management NAMA to maximize economic value from waste streams and also reduce GHG emissions by: diverting solid waste away from landfills, using... continue reading »
CCAP’s waste NAMA initiative took a great leap forward recently, as plans to conduct a feasibility study in Cali, Colombia were solidified on Nov. 6. In September, CCAP, with the support of its steering committee, had decided to focus on its next phase of potential waste NAMA studies in two cities – Cali and Sogamoso.... continue reading »
This UNFCCC submission is in response to the invitation [paragraph 81 of the Draft decision [-/CP.17] Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention] for parties and admitted UNFCCC observer organizations to submit to the secretariat, by 5 March 2012, their views on the matters referred... continue reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
La evaluación de una Acción Nacionalmente Apropiada de Mitigación (NAMA, por sus siglas en inglés) de residuos para Colombia tiene por objeto analizar los programas y tecnologías de gestión de residuos sólidos que podrían implementarse en Colombia para reducir los gases de efecto invernadero (GEI) además de lograr otros beneficios económicos, sociales y de salud... continue reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
As CCAP’s MAIN team members in Asia – Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Pakistan and the Philippines – explore Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) possibilities, the significance and importance of ensuring these projects are financeable is a priority. During this interim period, while NAMAs are yet to be defined and financing programs such as the... continue reading »
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), once the flagship for supporting climate action in developed and developing countries, is facing tough times. Estimates by UNEP-Risoe show a massive imbalance between supply and demand for carbon credits in the coming years. It has been predicted that about 7 billion CDM credits will be generated between 2013 and... continue reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Colombian government made a momentous decision over a decade ago to implement one of the world’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in its largest city, Bogotá. In addition to its environmental improvements (it was the first transit project approved under the Clean Development Mechanism), TransMilenio is credited with decreasing the average travel time... continue reading »
We all remember Europe being sidelined in the final hours of the 2009 climate conference in Copenhagen. Most observers agreed this was caused by obstacles involving internal disagreements and leadership. The hangover of this humiliating diplomatic defeat of a former climate champion lingered for quite a while in every European policymaker’s mind. Those days seem... continue reading »
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 »
Since the successful effort at Cancun in December put international climate policy back on the road, developed nations have increased their focus on the need for Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) as a framework for policy actions by developing countries.Â The fundamental question is whether LEDS offer a new pathway to sound policy or simply... continue reading »
Mexico has remained ambitious and innovative in advancing climate policy goals, especially when compared with other developing countries. While most Non-Annex I countries have submitted one or possibly two national communications, Mexico stands alone, having submitted it’s fourth. Further, Mexico has one of the most efficient and modern cement industries in the world, as well... continue reading »
The NAMAs side event was a rousing success. There were over 200 people who attended and our presentations sparkedÂ much interest. The Side Event was essentially broken up to address different issues. Ned Helme, Ellina Levina, and Mark Houdashelt presented for CCAP. Raekwon Chung from S. Korea, Alvaro Umana from Costa Rica, and Farukh Khan of... continue reading »