Transportation and Transit Oriented Development

Creating Sustainable Infrastructure Efficient transportation systems and low-emission vehicles are essential for achieving climate change goals and advancing sustainable, resilient and equitable development. Comprehensive urban strategies such as Transit Oriented Development (TOD) that integrate sustainable mobility with land use development generate economic benefits for individuals, governments and businesses. Cross-sectoral approaches such as linking electric vehicle... continue reading »

Waste Sector Mitigation

Addressing the Waste Sector to Reduce Emissions The waste sector is uniquely situated to substantially mitigate the second most abundant greenhouse gas, methane. Waste generation is growing faster than any other environmental pollutant, including CO2, particularly in developing countries where waste is a larger contributor to overall emissions. Focusing on waste with improvements in solid... 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 »

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 »

Fourth Latin American Regional Dialogue on the Development of NAMAs

The fourth regional dialogue of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) in Latin America took place from October 29 to 31, 2012 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The event was organized by the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), hosted by the Dominican Republic’s National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL),... continue reading »

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 »

Resumen Ejecutivo: Evaluación de NAMA en el Sector de Residuos en Colombia

La evaluación de una Acción Nacionalmente Apropiada de Mitigación (NAMA, por sus siglas en inglés) de residuos para Colombia tiene por objeto analizar los programas y tecnologías de gestión de residuos sólidos que podrían implementarse en Colombia para reducir los gases de efecto invernadero (GEI) además de lograr otros beneficios económicos, sociales y de salud... continue reading »