Inputs to the Updated Strategic Plan of the Green Climate Fund

CCAP has identified three issues that merit consideration in the updated Strategic Plan of the Fund. After briefly describing each of them, we propose “big picture” considerations to the Board and the Secretariat as to how these issues could be approached strategically, to be subsequently incorporated in the updated Plan. These include how the Fund... continue reading »

Analysis of the Green Climate Fund Framework for Measurement, Reporting, and Verification

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 »

Article 6 rules: are “bad” ones better than none?

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.

ITMOs Outside the NDC: Safeguards to Foster Integrity and Ambition

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 »

Policy Brief: Consideration for Article 6 Negotiations

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 »

A Matrix for Potential Policy Tools for Transit Oriented Development in Colombia

The following document was developed as input to inform transit oriented development (TOD) replication policies for the Colombia TOD NAMA Support Project funded by Germany and the UK through the NAMA Facility . Note that these are potential tools that will require further assessment and do not represent policy recommendations.

Financing Low- and Zero-Emission Freight Transportation Technologies in California

The report catalogues a broad array of funding programs available to reduce the cost of clean transport equipment and increase investment in low- and zero-polluting freight equipment in California. It provides a roadmap to funding programs, and guides applicants through the differing eligibility criteria, application rules, timeframes, and funding limits.  The paper also identifies opportunities... continue reading »

Using Transfers to Enhance Ambition over the NDC Cycles

Informed by our recent work with the World Bank mapping party and private sector views and building on our earlier submission to the UNFCCC, this new work offers a general approach by which internationally transferred mitigation outcomes can contribute to strengthening ambition through the NDC cycles to meet the goals elaborated in long-term climate strategies.

Designing NAMAs To Catalyze Bankable Low-Carbon Investment

Achieving NDC goals will require substantial investments in support of low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure and most of those investments will come from the private sector. Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are one tool for implementing NDCs that can be used to leverage domestic or international public support to mobilize private investment at scale. CCAP, along with... continue reading »

Leapfrogging Dirty Energy in Developing Nations

“As more than 150 world leaders gather this week in New York at the United Nations, the issues of sustainable growth, energy, and climate change will be at the forefront.”

A pro-business tool in the fight against air pollution

“NAMAs, or Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, are not even a decade old, but have already attracted billions in funding and are proving to be a market-friendly way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in developing nations, which need the help most.”

ICCTF and Adaptation

Presentation from the Fourth MAIN-Asia dialogue held in Bali, Indonesia.

Analysis Report: The District of Columbia Community Rating System Program Review

During the summer of 2014, CCAP & French & Associates reviewed the District of Columbia’s floodplain management activities to determine if it would qualify for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) and, if so, the level of credit for each series and the potential CRS class. This paper summarizes their findings.... continue reading »

Promoting Net-Zero Emissions From The Waste Sector in Latin America through NAMAs

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 »

Fact Sheet on Green Resilience: Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies

CCAP encourages communities, companies and policymakers to Ask the Climate Question about key policies and infrastructure investments: Does it cut carbon pollution while also preparing for climate change impacts? We help our partners “connect the dots” between adaptation and mitigation to implement Green Resilience policies and measures that reduce GHG emissions and enhance resilience to... continue reading »

“Implementation of Transit Oriented Development (Implementación de DOT)”

CCAP, with the support of the USAID Mexican Low Emissions Development (MLED) Program,  is working in close coordination with the ministries of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and Urban Development and Land Planning (SEDATU) to support implementation of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) as a new model for sustainable urban development in Mexican cities to reduce... continue reading »

Report: Expanding the Solution Set: How Combined Heat and Power Can Support Compliance with 111(d) Standards for Existing Power Plants

Read the fact sheet. When this option is on the table, you’re lowering costs overall. When you take it off the table, you leave money on the table. Richard Meyer, American Gas Association Combining two separate models, ICF International’s Integrated Planning Model® (IPM) and CHPower model, this study looks at how combined heat and power... continue reading »

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 »

Executive Summary: Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Strategies: Pursuing Implementation Pilots

At the Building Climate Solutions 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment   Conference held in Washington DC this past January, the Center for Clean Air Policy partnered with the U.S. Global Climate Research Program’s National Climate Assessment Program to host “Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies: Pursuing Implementation Pilots” symposium and... continue reading »

Policy Dialogue: Criteria for the Green Climate Fund

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

Effective, Cost-effective Outcomes via a System-Based Approach

CCAP Senior Program Manager Stacey Davis testified before an EPA “public listening session” regarding the regulation of carbon emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air Act. The session, held November 7,2013 at EPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., is just one of eleven such sessions held around the country to gather ideas and perspectives about... continue reading »

Combined Heat and Power for Industrial Revitalization

This paper highlights the advantages of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in improving industrial competitiveness and environmental quality. It examines current and potential levels of CHP deployment in the industrial sector along with key economic and policy drivers, discusses barriers to greater CHP penetration, and identifies a number of policy actions that can mitigate these barriers. In... continue reading »

The President’s Climate Action Plan: Right on the Money

On July 26, 2013 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... continue reading »

Meeting Summary: Global NAMA Financing Summit

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 »

Identifying Potential Sources for NAMA Finance

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 »

Meeting Summary: Severe Weather & Critical Infrastructure Resilience: Washington, DC

On March 14, 2013, the District Department of the Environment, the District Office of Planning, and the Center for Clean Air Policy held a workshop centered on critical infrastructure resilience measures. The discussion aimed to shape future preparation efforts to ensure they reflect stakeholder knowledge, experience and priorities. It will be essential to continue assessing... continue reading »

The New Deal: An Enlightened Industrial Policy for the EU through Structural EU Emissions Trading System Reform

This report recommends seven reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System to spur the innovation and investments required to create a thriving and low carbon industrial sector. These reforms include the setting aside of EU ETS allowances into an industrial low-carbon transition fund, a price management mechanism, the structural adjustment of the EU ETS caps toward... continue reading »

Trade Incentives Role in Encouraging Greater Participation in a Post-2012 Climate Agreement

A critical element of an effective post-2012 international response to climate change is the creation of incentives which encourage countries to act aggressively. The willingness of a country to undertake an international commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will depend partly on the extent to which the country considers it in their best... continue reading »

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 »

Evaluation of NAMA Opportunities in Colombia’s Solid Waste Sector: Executive Summary

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.