As the primary operating entity of the UNFCCC financial mechanism, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the largest dedicated fund to support the achievement of the Paris Agreement, including the goal to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius and the implementation of developing countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This paper presents the... continue reading »
Considering different types of Article 6 transfers, this paper looks at the implications of not reaching agreement on Article 6 rules due to concerns that the agreed rules will be too vague or set at a lowest common denominator standard. A “no rules” scenario is contrasted with “bad rules” and “good rules” alternatives.
Working Paper Through Article 6, the Paris Agreement provides an opening for Parties to voluntarily cooperate in the implementation of their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) through the transfer of mitigation outcomes (MOs). While negotiators increasingly agree that ITMOs generated from within an NDC must make a corresponding adjustment to prevent double counting, questions remain about... continue reading »
Based on CCAP’s progress to date on its virtual pilot program and ongoing engagement with developing country partners, we assess that many Parties are not ready to engage fully in the negotiations of rules for the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Parties would be well advised to continue to consider basic points... continue reading »
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 »
CCAP’s Ned Helme quoted on G7 Summit and UNFCCC negotiations at SB42.
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 »
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
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 »
Presentation from second MAIN-Asia dialogue held in Vietnam.
This presentation from COP18 in Doha outlines NAMA developments in the tourism sector of the Dominican Republic.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »