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CCS Hosts High Level USAID Study Tour

February 24, 2017

CCS Hosts High Level USAID Study Tour

From January 22-27, 2017, as part of the USAID-financed Ukraine Municipal Energy Reform Project (MERP) implemented by IRG, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) hosted a group of 15 high-level representatives of national ministries and technical institutions, Parliament, and USAID project team members on a study tour of US states, cities, federal agencies, and congress for review of Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) activities underway in the US.

CCS Study Collaboration Provides Foundation for Strong New Law

February 2, 2017

CCS Study Collaboration Provides Foundation for Strong New Law

On February 2, 2017 the Maryland Legislature voted to override Governor Hogan’s veto of a strong new Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that can now expand consumer choice, boost local jobs and growth of this flourishing industrial sector, and cut carbon emissions in line with targets established under the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2016. The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) provided foundational design and analysis of this new legislation in 2013 through its collaboration with state agencies and stakeholders, including the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN).

Climate Action Through Constructive Reform

February 2, 2017

Climate Action Through Constructive Reform

February 1, 2017. The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), released a second law and policy review Comment by CCS authors Bob McKinstry, Tom Peterson, and Steve Chester in its February Issue of the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR) entitled “Unlocking Willpower and Ambition to Meet the Goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement (Part Two): The Potential for Legal Reform and Revision.”

Guatemala National Action Plan Launched

January 31, 2017

Guatemala National Action Plan Launched

In November 2016, the Government of Guatemala launched the Low Emission Development Strategy (GLEDS) process, with the support of International Resources Group (IRG) and the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) under the USAID/Low Emission Development project. The Guatemalan LEDS process is led by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), the Ministry of Economy (MINECO), and the National Planning Secretary (SEGEPLAN). The process will help to meet the country’s NDC commitment and sustainable economic and social development goals.

CCS Supports USAID Launch of Regional Low-Emissions Development Strategies Platform

December 20, 2016

CCS Supports USAID Launch of Regional Low-Emissions Development Strategies Platform

December, Budapest, Hungary. CCS is providing expert assistance to a USAID-supported team to launch an Eastern Europe and Eurasia Platform for Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) to enable knowledge sharing, skill and capacity development, coordination, and facilitation of low-emissions policy efforts in the region. As with similar initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as the LEDS Global Partnership, this platform will bring practitioners from inside and outside governments at all levels to collaborate, learn, and share experience regarding LEDS planning, design, analysis, and implementation of multi objective strategies that cut greenhouse gas emissions while meeting development goals.

Unlocking Willpower and Ambition

December 1, 2016

Unlocking Willpower and Ambition

Today the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) released a law and policy review comment by CCS authors Tom Peterson, Steve Chester, and Bob McKinstry in its December issue of the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR) entitled “Unlocking Willpower and Ambition to Meet Goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement (Part One): Shifting Needs of Law, Policy, and Economics.” This is the first of a two-part series and identifies a major gap in climate law and policy – the need to formally build willpower as well as ambition – and a five-part response based on high-level experience with law and policy at the national and sub national levels.

Ukraine EC LEDS Action Planning

November 4, 2016

Ukraine EC LEDS Action Planning

In Kyiv on October 26th, over 120 stakeholders of the Ukraine LEDS Advisory group gathered with representatives of Ukraine’s Parliament, its Ministries, US AID, and leading citizen’s groups to establish a working list of strategic policy options. Following review of critical national objectives and a screening of an extensive catalog, the group identified a range of policy options in each sector to be advanced for further design and analysis toward completion of a final National LEDS Action Plan in July 2017.

CCS Moderates World Energy Security Sessions

October 21, 2016

CCS Moderates World Energy Security Sessions

The Africa World Energy Security Forum was convened by Hemisphere Frontiers Consulting at the American Management Association during Climate Week in New York City September 23, 2016 under the theme of Positioning Energy in an Era of Energy Revolution. Tom Peterson of CCS moderated combined sessions on Technology Breakthroughs and Environmental Sustainability, Insights on Renewable Energy Options to power Africa; The Natural Gas Boom and the Future of E & P in Africa's Oil and Gas Sector; and The Paris Agreement and Technology Transfer in Africa: The move to a Low-Carbon Energy Systems.

Minnesota Climate Action Report - Special Announcement

July 1, 2016

Minnesota Climate Action Report - Special Announcement

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is pleased to share the Minnesota Climate Strategies and Economic Opportunities (CSEO) report and the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board’s (EQB) companion summary of our two-year collaboration on climate change and economic strategies. We applaud new stakeholder dialog announced by the EQB, beginning with their presentation of findings at the Science Museum of Minnesota Auditorium in Saint Paul scheduled July 20, 2016 from 1-4 pm. We encourage all interested parties to attend.

CCS-GEI Complete Five Year, Path Breaking EcoPartnership for China Low Carbon Development

June 17, 2016

CCS-GEI Complete Five Year, Path Breaking EcoPartnership for China Low Carbon Development

At the June 6 annual US China EcoPartnership meeting, CCS and GEI graduated from the program following five years of intensive collaboration on China’s subnational Low Carbon Development program.

CCS Features Macro Strategies for China City Low Carbon Economic Transition

June 17, 2016

CCS Features Macro Strategies for China City Low Carbon Economic Transition

At the June 8 US China Low Carbon Smart Cities Summit in Beijing, Tom Peterson of The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) joined senior representatives of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, the World Bank, World Resources Institute, China Center for Urban Development, and the Global Environmental Institute (GEI) to review China’s shift to low carbon, high growth economic development.

CCS Expands Low Carbon Development Training and Transition in China's Western and Southern Provinces

May 25, 2016

CCS Expands Low Carbon Development Training and Transition in China's Western and Southern Provinces

April 11-13, 2016. The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) China Program Team conducted expanded China Low Carbon Development (LCD) planning and analysis training and program transition in Lanzhou, western China, in the Gansu Province. More than 50 technical representatives attended from four provinces and several cities, including Changsha, Jinchang, Jiuquan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Shenzhen, and Yinchuan, in Gansu, Guangdong, Hunan, and Ningxia. CCS collaborated with the Beijing based Global Environmental Institute (GEI) and Lanzhou based Gansu Emission Exchange Center on the workshop.

CCS and USAID Partners Launch Ukraine LEDS Action Plan Process

April 22, 2016

CCS and USAID Partners Launch Ukraine LEDS Action Plan Process

The Municipal Energy Reform Project of US AID and its multinational project team, including Engility Corporation, The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS), and other collaborators, is pleased to announce the launch of the Ukraine Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Action Plan process to implement Post Paris UNFCCC commitments as well as Ukrainian national goals for regional integration, economic growth, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Climate Policy, Economic Impacts and Progress toward Clean Energy Goals

March 29, 2016

Climate Policy, Economic Impacts and Progress toward Clean Energy Goals

We cordially invite you to attend a special REMI guest webinar: Tom Peterson, President and CEO, and Scott Williamson, Program Management Officer, Center for Climate Strategies - Wednesday, March 31, 2016 - 2:00 EDT

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management Publishes CCS National Emissions and Economic Recession Study

January 21, 2016

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management Publishes CCS National Emissions and Economic Recession Study

First released as a part of the 2012 Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) Security and Investment Project (SIP), the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management has published a groundbreaking peer-reviewed examination of the causes for decline of annual US carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions forecasts since 2007.

NREL and CCS Launch Expert Assistance for Developing Countries

December 11, 2015

NREL and CCS Launch Expert Assistance for Developing Countries

The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) Remote Expert Assistance for Low Emissions Development Strategies program (REAL) provides expert assistance and advice to developing nations in association with the LEDS Global Partnership. As a part of REAL, CCS and NREL will be supporting key countries in 2016 with startup and management of LEDS activities.

CCS' Tom Peterson Blogs about the Paris COP21

December 9, 2015

CCS' Tom Peterson Blogs about the Paris COP21

Notes of optimism are emerging for an agreement on time (Friday evening) or even a bit early. However, two major longstanding issues require still resolution, according to high level sources. The first is differentiation, or the question of equal approaches to commitments by all nations. The Kyoto protocol negotiations of 1997 proceeded on a dual track following the 1995 Berlin mandate at COP1, and resulted in a bifurcation of developed and developing nation commitments that proved controversial and, in some cases (such as in the US), unacceptable for ultimate approval.

How Can New Transatlantic Collaboration  Overcome Barriers to Renewable Energy Goals?

December 3, 2015

How Can New Transatlantic Collaboration Overcome Barriers to Renewable Energy Goals?

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing to discuss how all levels of governments in the European Union and United States can expand collaboration on renewable electricity market penetration to meet energy, economic, and environmental needs.

Coahuila Climate Change Advisory Group Approves Economic Analysis

December 1, 2015

Coahuila Climate Change Advisory Group Approves Economic Analysis

On December 1, the Coahuila Climate Change Advisory Group approved the microeconomic impact analysis of the Coahuila State Climate Action Plan (SCAP), as part of the Mexico Low Emissions Development (MLED) Program through US AID. The SCAP consists of 17 mitigation policy options in all sectors.

CCS Team in Paris at COP 21 Negotiations

December 1, 2015

CCS Team in Paris at COP 21 Negotiations

CCS was in Paris at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) engaged in dialog and outreach with governmental and stakeholder partners on policy and investment approaches to address high priority local and regional issues.

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