The Year of the Dragon: How China will Move Ahead on Climate Action in 2012 and Beyond

The impressive gigantic Chinese pavilion at COP17 in Durban might have been a coincidence but it may actually be a sign of the times. One thing is clear, the Chinese government’s confidence in implementing climate and energy legislation seems to be growing. In the coming years we expect the implementation of a new five-year economic... continue reading »

The Champ is back: Where will Europe’s newfound climate leadership take us in 2012?

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 »

Landing on the Durban Platform: CCAP’s Role

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 »

Landing on the Durban Platform: Progressing Forward

As we move forward in 2012, Ned Helme, president and founder of CCAP, looks closer into the progress made on the ground in developing countries and the impact it may have on future policy negotiations in this fifth post in a series of six Q&As. Q: What sort of progress should we expect to see... continue reading »

Landing on the Durban Platform: Shifting to Adaptation

Vulnerability to natural disasters due to climate change have created a greater need for policy solutions. Ned Helme, founder and president of CCAP, discusses how support for adaptation projects in developing countries will be very beneficial in this fourth post in a series of six Q&As. Q:  Were there any other surprising shifts at Durban?... continue reading »

Landing on the Durban Platform: Raising Emissions Reduction Targets

As developing countries ramp up their efforts and solidify language involving reducing carbon emissions, Ned Helme, founder and president of CCAP, discusses this shift in the negotiations at Durban in his third post in a series of six Q&As. Q: The Durban Platform calls for a global treaty that includes emission reduction obligations for developing... continue reading »

Landing on the Durban Platform: Rating the Outcome

Ned Helme, founder and president of CCAP, continues to explore the happenings during the influential negotiations of COP17 held recently in Durban, in this second post in a series of six Q&As. Q: How would you rate the outcome at Durban compared to general expectations? A: I think we made more progress in the big... continue reading »

Landing on the Durban Platform: The Defining Moment

The intense negotiations of COP17 held in Durban, South Africa, produced the Durban Platform, an agreement to negotiate a new international instrument that would create legally binding commitments for both developing and developed countries to reduce GHG emissions. During the COP negotiations CCAP hosted several events promoting more on-the-ground action and private sector investment in... continue reading »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

India, Consensus and the COP-15

At Copenhagen, India wants to be seen as a deal maker and not a deal breaker. According to India’s Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, that is precisely the mandate given by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to him and he seems to be sticking to it with aplomb.  Prior to Copenhagen Mr. Ramesh made an unprecedented announcement,... continue reading »