- Welcome to 2020: a pivotal year for countries to substantially ratchet up their ambition under the Paris Agreement. Under the “ratchet mechanism” (illustrated below) countries are expected to submit new or updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that represent a progression compared to the commitments they made in 2015.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, a dramatic strengthening of NDCs representing 3 to 5 times more effort than what has already been put forward is needed this year to close the 2030 ambition gap and get on a viable pathway to realize the 2050 goals. The way that countries respond to the directive to update their NDCs will offer an early test of the Paris Agreement and the ability of the international community to work together with urgency and resolve to keep the global temperature increase to “well below 2C”. learn more »
- In a display of strong climate leadership, Chile announced this week the close of eight coal power plants over the next 5 years. This landmark announcement falls within Chile’s more ambitious plan of completely phasing out coal plants by 2040 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
This ambitious step towards decarbonizing the Chilean coal-dependent economy shows the leadership of Chile as they embrace their role as host of the next UN climate conference in December 2019 (COP25). learn more »
- Article 6 of the Paris Agreement facilitates use of cooperative approaches in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A step up from project-based CDM or even programmes of activities, this new and flexible mechanism has the potential to harness market forces to foster emissions reductions at a sector-wide scale. The hope is that cooperative approaches will lower the costs of compliance and enable greater overall climate ambition. learn more »
- To limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and realize Paris Agreement goals, finance and assets aligned with low-GHG, resilient development must be the rule, not the exception. Drawing on the recent report from ODI, E3G, WRI and RMI Insights for operationalising Article 2.1c of the Paris Agreement, panelists will discuss how to drive progress on shifting financial flows inside and outside the UNFCCC, and sharedrawing on concrete examples of tools available to shift financial flows including public finance, subsidies, and information instruments to guide investor behaviour. learn more »
- As primary contact with the Green Climate Fund (GCF), National Designated Authorities (NDAs) are in charge of managing the country’s relation with the Fund and its stakeholders. This includes, among other aspects, providing a “no objection” communication to proponents of projects and programs to be implemented in the country, managing relations with those proponents, and defining the way the country will prioritize access to the Fund’s resources through a Country Program that includes a pipeline of projects/programs. NDAs can also be more proactive in its engagement, for example, by marshaling direct access entities to apply for accreditation and by recruiting AE partners to advance specific proposals that are well aligned with the country’s priorities. learn more »
- Today, Carlos de Régules, Executive Director of Mexico’s Agency of Security, Energy and the Environment (ASEA), presented the regulations that the Mexican government officially published last week that aim to reduce methane emissions in the national oil and gas sector by 40-45% by 2025 (as agreed to at the 2016 North American Leaders Summit). Notably, these regulations address emissions from both new and existing operations, and cover the entire hydrocarbons value chain. With publication of these regulations, Mexico joins a very select group of countries that have realized that relying on voluntary programs to limit methane leaks achieves only a fraction of the cost-effective and technically feasible mitigation measures in the oil and gas sector. learn more »
- The Colombia transit-oriented development (TOD) NAMA has recently expanded to encompass a fourth city. Monteria, a city of 400,000, is located along the Sinú River near the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Ambitious plans to “re-inhabit” the city’s historic central area are being refined with the technical support of CIUDAT, the NAMA supported center for transit-oriented development. CIUDAT is located within FINDETER’s new sustainable urban development section, the Jefatura de gestion urbana integral. learn more »
- In October 2018, Laurence Blandford attended the Green Climate Fund (GCF)’s first Global NDA Conference in Incheon, South Korea, which brought together participants from GCF National Designated Authorities (NDAs) and focal points around the globe to help set the ambition and vision for the future of the Fund. In his presentation, Laurence shared with attendees recommendations to develop the Fund’s Private Sector Facility (PSF) roadmap, and the scenarios that will inform the PSF’s business plan. learn more »
- CCAP, in partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s (CCAC) Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI), is working with the municipalities of Quito, Ecuador and Puerto Varas, Chile to support the implementation of sustainable waste management projects that reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) emissions in these cities.
The ultimate goal is to provide each city with technical, on-the-ground support to move from policy to action in the waste sector. By developing implementation plans, CCAP is helping Quito and Puerto Varas reach a ready-for-implementation stage of selected organic waste treatment projects. learn more »
- This Online Roundtable followed the day-long dialogue and strategy session on DER and microgrids we held in December 2017 and the April FERC technical conference on the participation of aggregated DER in the wholesale energy markets. Considering the various barriers and technical challenges identified at these meetings, the Online Roundtable brought together representatives from DER companies and associations and other supportive stakeholders to consider how best to advance practical policy solutions to support DER participation in wholesale markets. learn more »
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- The Philippines program, Enabling Distributed Solar Power in the Philippines, was preliminarily selected for funding by the NAMA Facility under its 4th call for proposals. The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) worked with the Philippines Department of Energy over the last 2 years to develop this €20 million program that will accelerate the uptake of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installations by residential, commercial, industrial, and government facilities under the country’s net metering regulations and under self-supply options. The project also supports the Philippines commitment to addressing climate change, and is endorsed by the Philippines Climate Change Commission. Other key partners for the program are the LGU Guarantee Corporation and the World Bank. learn more »
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- CCAP hosted the seventh Latin America Regional Dialogue of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) from February 10-12, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. The LAC Dialogue convened a targeted group of high-level developing country policy makers from LAC countries to participate along with representatives of developed countries and funding agencies. The Dialogue continued the momentum coming out of Paris by promoting the need to convert Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) into tangible and ambitious Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and programs and by highlighting key considerations for the mobilization of financing, including from the GCF. learn more »
- CCAP is working to support the design and implementation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) 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. learn more »
- Successful climate change mitigation actions are shaping up all over the world, working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transportation and integrated waste management. In the recently released book, The Road to NAMAs: Global Stories of Successful Climate Actions, CCAP highlights ten examples of policies that cut emissions and improved the quality of life for citizens. learn more »
- 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 nearly all Parties—covering 95% of global emissions—in their submission of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). CCAP worked closely with developing countries to analyze key INDCs and assess how best they can receive support to convert these into implementable policies and measures, and finance-ready investment plans. CCAP actively participated on the sidelines of the negotiations, including hosting a side event on transformation in the energy sector and achieving INDC targets. We also participated in bilateral meetings and a variety of other public and private events on mitigation, finance, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), INDCs, and a global climate agreement. learn more »
- 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 Center for Clean Air Policy and its partners.
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- CCAP's pre-feasibility study examined NAMA opportunities in Colombia's waste sector. learn more »