FAQs

Q: How many jurisdictions in key regions has CCS helped?

CCS has provided technical assistance to over 40 state and local jurisdictions in the US and US federal agencies, along with support to the Africa LEDS Partnership, Canadian Provinces, Chinese Provinces, Bangladesh, Border States of Mexico, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eastern Europe, European Union, Guatemala, Ivory Coast, Macedonia, Phillipines, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, and Yemen.

Q: How many US government agencies and stakeholders have been involved in collaboration?

Through its collaborative state planning processes CCS has worked with dozens of government representatives and almost 2,000 stakeholders and technical work group experts across the US in the sectors of energy, environment, natural resources, transportation, agriculture, forestry, waste management, water, and finance.

Q: How many US states have developed climate action plans? 

Since 2000, 34 US states completed comprehensive climate action planning initiatives that cover two thirds of the US population and economy.

Q: What are the qualifications of CCS team members?

The CCS team comprises highly experienced and well-respected professionals specializing in climate, energy, and economic policy development at the local, state, national, and international levels of government. Team members hold advanced degrees in economics, law, policy, communications, and business, engineering, sciences, and in other disciplines. Many CCS members hold additional posts in academia, policy institutes, or other consulting organizations. Team biographies are available here.

Q: How is CCS funded?

CCS is funded through private foundation and donor support as well as government agency grants and contracts. 

Q: How are action planning processes initiated?

Climate policy planning processes are typically convened by a high level government official or a high level third party institution based on conferral with CCS and others, such as the donor community and stakeholders.  

Q: What role does CCS play in projects?

CCS provides neutral and expert start-up assistance, coaching, quality control, facilitation, technical analysis, coordination, training and capacity building.

Q: How does the typical CCS policy development process work?

The action planning process involves an open, collaborative, stepwise, and fact-based process with ten steps. These are shown in each of the state climate action plans on the CCS website.

Q: How long does the CCS policy planning process take?

A comprehensive policy development process takes from several months to a few years and may involve multiple phases. 

Q: Do stakeholder participate in policy decisions?

Yes. Decisions in each step of the formal consensus building process (including final recommendations) are typically made by vote of Advisory Group members through transparent and formal procedures.

Q: Why do we need a combination of policies to address climate, energy and economic security needs?

The scale of actions needed to fully address the climate problem and its links to other high priority goals, such as economic vision and energy security, requires a balanced portfolio of actions in all sectors.

Q: Do action plans include economic analysis?

Yes, typically this includes both cost effectiveness as well as macroeconomic impact analyses of specific actions to meet economic vision and goals.

Q: Does climate policy development require perfect information and certainty?

No. This is a luxury but not a necessity. CCS provides support for techniques and tools on robust decision making in the face of uncertainty.

Q: Are CCS projects open to the public?

Yes, CCS strives to provide proceedings and outcomes of projects and initiatives to the public.

Q: What position does CCS take on climate issues or legislation?

CCS does not take positions on policy issues or legislation.

Q: What position does CCS take on climate science? 

CCS accepts the findings of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the causes and effects of climate change and climate risk.