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CCS Launches Electric Vehicles Pilot Program for Trinidad and Tobago

February 4, 2021

CCS Launches Electric Vehicles Pilot Program for Trinidad and Tobago

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) and over 30 energy and infrastructure business leaders, government officials, financiers, policy advisors and academics in Trinidad and Tobago are developing an Electric Vehicles (EVs) pilot project for the country as part of the Private Investment Mobilization (PIM) training program conducted by CCS. The EV pilot will be designed to result in an actionable and financeable Low Carbon Development (LCD) program in Trinidad and Tobago.

Guatemala Government Endorses USAID LEDS Strategy Developed by CCS

December 21, 2020

Guatemala Government Endorses USAID LEDS Strategy Developed by CCS

DECEMBER 2020. GUATEMALA CITY. The Guatemala Low Emission Development Strategy Plan (the LEDS Plan) developed by the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) and RTI International under the USAID/Guatemala Low Emission Development Project is at the frontline of the country’s strategy to achieve the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) targets and guide climate smart investments in the next several years.

CCS Builds Energy Resource Assessment Capabilities and Planning Updates in Rwanda

November 19, 2020

CCS Builds Energy Resource Assessment Capabilities and Planning Updates in Rwanda

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is continuing weekly capacity-building sessions and resource assessment activities with staff of the Rwanda Energy Group (REG) and the Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) as part of the Resource Study for Electricity Generation Sources project, launched in May of this year, under the USAID funded Power Africa East Africa Energy Program.

CCS Launches Trinidad & Tobago Private Investment Mobilization Training with Partners

November 19, 2020

CCS Launches Trinidad & Tobago Private Investment Mobilization Training with Partners

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) launched a six-month Private Investment Mobilization (PIM) training and pilot program in Trinidad and Tobago to help public and private partners mobilize investments for Low Carbon Development (LCD) program actions in all sectors at scale.

CCS Publishes Macroeconomic and Fiscal Assessment of Utility-Scale Solar in Maryland

November 13, 2020

CCS Publishes Macroeconomic and Fiscal Assessment of Utility-Scale Solar in Maryland

Washington, DC. November 16, 2020. At the request of a consortium of clean energy advocates, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) recently completed a macroeconomic and fiscal assessment of increased deployment of utility-scale solar projects in the State of Maryland. The study, entitled “Macroeconomic and Fiscal Impacts of Expanded Utility-Scale Solar Generation in Maryland,” examines proposed policy changes for the siting of new large solar projects in the state and analyzed the potential macroeconomic and fiscal benefits that are likely from accelerating deployment of these projects.

Mexico Climate Decarbonization Pathway and Guatemala LEDS Templates

February 7, 2020

Mexico Climate Decarbonization Pathway and Guatemala LEDS Templates

QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO. The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) and partners recently launched the fourth of seven regional programs through the Under 2 Coalition in Central and South America. CCS is partnering with Winrock International, The Climate Group, the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force, local governments, and local partners to develop comprehensive plans, assessments, and implementation approaches for mid-century greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions and near-term guidance to the further development and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru (the Climate Pathway Project).

CCS Releases Policy Review of Maryland’s 2019 Draft Plan for Greenhouse Gas Reductions

December 19, 2019

CCS Releases Policy Review of Maryland’s 2019 Draft Plan for Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Annapolis, Maryland, December 19, 2019. At the request of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Climate Xchange, The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) conducted a policy review of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act: 2019 GGRA Draft Plan (Draft Plan) released by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) in October 2019. The review is based on generally accepted guidelines for policy and regulatory impact analysis as well as CCS’s 15-year experience developing and analyzing over 20 comprehensive, multi objective, stakeholder-based climate action plans in the United States along with plans for low carbon development, low emissions development strategies, and Nationally Determined Contributions in 20 nations and over 40 subnational jurisdictions.

CCS Launches Queretaro, Mexico Decarbonization Pathways Process with Partners

December 9, 2019

CCS Launches Queretaro, Mexico Decarbonization Pathways Process with Partners

QUERETARO, MEXICO. On November 19-21, 2019, The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS), Winrock International and The Climate Group launched the first of seven regional long-term decarbonization pathways processes in Central and South America as part of a program to enable subnational jurisdictions worldwide to develop and implement the necessary actions to meet 2 degree Celsius climate stabilization goals, and to provide a template for others to follow (the Under 2 Climate Pathway Project).

CCS Completes Cote D'Ivoire Low Carbon Economic Capacity Building

September 12, 2019

CCS Completes Cote D'Ivoire Low Carbon Economic Capacity Building

Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire, September 2019. The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) has completed a two-year capacity building process for a team of 25 national modeling experts in Côte D’Ivoire through the Africa Low Emissions Development Strategies (Africa LEDS) Project. This cooperative program was conducted with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte D’Ivoire with support from the European Commission, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the LEDS Global Partnership and the Africa LEDS Partnership. It was designed for development and implementation of new low emissions development measures in all sectors that improve social, economic and environmental conditions and contribute to Nationally Determined Contributions.

Johns Hopkins Climate Change Symposium: The Relevance of Deep Time Climate

May 3, 2019

Johns Hopkins Climate Change Symposium: The Relevance of Deep Time Climate

Dr. Kirk Johnson of the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) provided an overview of The Relevance of Deep Time Climate, including the geologic history of climate change and its progression during human history, with a forecast of future change.

Johns Hopkins Climate Change Symposium "Changing by Degrees"

May 3, 2019

Johns Hopkins Climate Change Symposium "Changing by Degrees"

May 3, 2019. The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Krieger School of Arts and Sciences held a day long symposium hosted by the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) at its auditorium in Washington, DC to review Multidisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change through the eyes of the private sector, civil society, government, university experts, and the public. The event culminated more than a year of planning and preparation by interdisciplinary programs of JHU.

National Economic Planning in Cote D'Ivoire

March 20, 2019

National Economic Planning in Cote D'Ivoire

Through the Africa Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Project, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is providing technical training and tool development for national modeling teams in West Africa, including Cote D’Ivoire. This includes support for the development and use of an integrated modeling framework for low carbon development impact analysis, and the use of macroeconomic modeling as part of this system for design and evaluation of integrated programs to meet national economic, energy, and environmental goals. To support Cote D’Ivoire and emerging nations, CCS has developed a Macroeconomic Indicators Tool to accelerate socio economic planning and analysis. The Cote d’Ivoire national modeling team will be applying the tool on a national waste-to energy pilot project.

Private Investment Mobilization in Ghana

March 19, 2019

Private Investment Mobilization in Ghana

West Africa, March, 2019. As part of its Africa program, The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is supporting Low Carbon Financing Programs with partners in Ghana. CCS moderated a discussion of the Investment Forum at the Africa Climate Week in Accra in Ghana on its Private Investment Mobilization Project, implemented in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Following the Investment Forum, the Ghana local technical team engaged with CCS in an interactive training session on design of financial mechanisms as part of the curriculum.

Center for Climate Strategies Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary!

March 4, 2019

Center for Climate Strategies Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary!

April, 2019. The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is proud to celebrate its 15th anniversary of dedication to our mission of Helping People Work Together To Create A Better Safer World. CCS was created to forge expert collaborative solutions between stakeholders and government that stabilize the climate and achieve parallel goals of economic, energy, and resource security, and improve human equity. In 2004 we developed a signature consensus building process and decision support system that has been applied in over 20 US states and many nations, states, provinces, and cities in key regions of the world.

Lebanon Low Emissions Development Strategies Report

February 26, 2019

Lebanon Low Emissions Development Strategies Report

February, 2019. Results of gap analysis conducted by the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) of Lebanon show that many Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) related activities are underway by the Government of Lebanon across ministries and third-party institutions. With enhancement and expansion, they can improve national objectives for fiscal, macroeconomic, investment, energy security, environmental sustainability, and equity gains.

Private Investment Mobilization Curriculum and Pilot

January 16, 2019

Private Investment Mobilization Curriculum and Pilot

Accra, Ghana – In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its NDC Support Programme, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) launched a multi-year incubation training and pilot program in Ghana to mobilize investments for standardized and aggregated projects that meet global climate stabilization and national sustainable development goals (SDGs). This is the first in a series of national pilot programs for private investment mobilization to support low carbon development and climate stabilization in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

COP24 and the World Climate Summit

December 20, 2018

COP24 and the World Climate Summit

Katowice, Poland. At the World Climate Summit and Investor COP hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) joined experts from the Climate Policy Initiative and governments of Denmark and Nigeria to share strategies and lessons for acceleration of low carbon actions through heightened participation of the private sector. CCS shared examples of its framework and tools for private sector inclusion and policy and product development as they have been operationalized and replicated in Africa, Asia, and Latin America as well as results from recent launch of its Private Investment Mobilization Project in Ghana, and findings from collaboration in South China.

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) with RTI International to lead the East Africa Energy Program under USAID Power Africa

December 4, 2018

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) with RTI International to lead the East Africa Energy Program under USAID Power Africa

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) with RTI International to lead the East Africa Energy Program under USAID Power Africa

CCS and Guatemala Create a New Private Sector Driven Plan

December 4, 2018

CCS and Guatemala Create a New Private Sector Driven Plan

Guatemala City – In partnership with RTI International, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) completed the Guatemala national Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) plan, a gold-standard public private participatory template to spur economic and social development while reducing GHG emissions beyond international commitments.

CCS Macroeconomic Assessment of New Guatemala Policies

September 20, 2018

CCS Macroeconomic Assessment of New Guatemala Policies

CCS presented a draft macroeconomic indicators assessment of 43 Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) policies designed to expand national economic growth and jobs through the USAID/Guatemala Low Emission Development Project. Policies in all sectors were developed through intensive screening and analysis over a two-year collaborative process involving over 300 stakeholders. Each LEDS action was designed to promote sustainable economic development while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting forests and biodiversity, and enhancing energy security.

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