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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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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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CCAP Working Internationally to Enhance Climate Negotiations and NAMA Development

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 »

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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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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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NAMAs and the CDM

As developing countries develop Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) proposals for financing during the fast-start phase, questions arise about the relationship to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and on how NAMAs can support participation by the private sector. In an effort to answer these questions, this paper explains key differences between these divergent approaches to... 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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CCAP Submission on Development of a Framework for Market Mechanisms that Avoids Double Counting of Effort and Achieves a Net Decrease in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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 »

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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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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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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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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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Enhancing the Environmental Integrity of International Climate Action by Solving the Kyoto Protocol Allowance Surplus

Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) are the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission allowances under the Kyoto Protocol. One AAU allows a country to emit 1 tonne of CO2 equivalent. Kyoto Protocol rules allow countries to carry over unused emission allowances into the next commitment period. A number of countries, such as Russia, Ukraine and Poland, have very... 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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Advancing a Shared Vision on Effective NAMAs and Finance

Developing countries are quickly progressing in the design and development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), some of which are beginning to seek international financial support for implementation.  As funding through the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is likely several years out, these countries are currently determining how to best structure their NAMAs in a way... 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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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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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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From Cancun to Durban: The Need for On-the-Ground Action in Developing Countries

Following a disappointing 2009 Conference of Parties (COP) in Copenhagen and a relatively productive one in Cancun late last year, countries have crawled back into the international climate negotiations in 2011 at a snail’s pace.  The first talks of the year, held in Bangkok, focused on little more than a work agenda debate, and only... continue reading »

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Whither Copenhagen?

When Barack Obama and his counterparts arrived in Copenhagen, they each found a surprise – line diplomats had not been able to set the table effectively for their interaction.  Whereas Presidents often arrive at such international gatherings with the expectation that they will say grace over the offerings prepared by their negotiators and perhaps decide... continue reading »

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The silent participant

The business community’s presence appears to be pushed aside by more flamboyant NGOs. Members are diverse: from carbon emitters to carbon aggregators, banks, utility companies, technology providers, auditors, verifiers, monitoring companies, climate consulting and data management firms among others. All of them see their revenues affected in some degree by decisions made at COP 15.... continue reading »

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Adaptation in the International Climate Negotiations: An Analysis of Some Issues for a Copenhagen Agreement

Adaptation is one of the four pillars of the Bali Action Plan and will be a key component of any Copenhagen Agreement. The central issue that has been dominating debates on adaptation is how much it will cost and how developing countries could be assisted with their adaptation to climate change. Several studies put the... continue reading »

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Alternative Tools for the Demonstration of Additionality: An Assessment of Proposals

Part of the CDM Dialogue Papers, this paper seeks to add to the discussion of new proposals to demonstrate additionality by first presenting a brief background on the current practice of demonstrating additionality and then describing three new proposals for demonstrating additionality, including the key issues for their use. This is followed by a series... continue reading »