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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.

CCS Conducts China Capacity Building

November 16, 2015

CCS Conducts China Capacity Building

The CCS China Low Carbon Development team has returned from China training and capacity building workshops with use of the China Low Carbon Development Planning and Analysis Toolkit developed jointly with the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Policy Management and the Global Environmental Institute. Training took place at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou and with the Shanxi Province Research Center for Eco-Environmental Science, in Taiyuan.

CCS Featured in EcoPartnership Promotion Video

November 5, 2015

CCS Featured in EcoPartnership Promotion Video

In 2011, the U.S. State Department and China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) formally recognized this U.S.-China partnership as an official EcoPartnership. CCS and GEI work closely with key national and provincial government officials and experts in China at the NDRC, Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Policy and Management (CAS IPM), Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG) system, Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission (DRC), and other institutions.

CCS Attends US-China Climate Smart Cities Summit

October 30, 2015

CCS Attends US-China Climate Smart Cities Summit

CCS and its Chinese partner GEI attended the 1st US-China Climate Smart Cities Summit in Los Angeles in September. Mayors and state governors from both countries signed bilateral agreements on low carbon development and Climate change during the conference. CCS and GEI met senior officers from Chinese NDRC, including XIE Zhenhua, JIANG Zhaoli and SU Wei, and introduced our achievements and current progress in supporting LCD Planning in China.

CCS Works with Coahuila to Advance their Carbon Plan

October 29, 2015

CCS Works with Coahuila to Advance their Carbon Plan

CCS works with the Mexican Border State of Coahuila on microeconomic impact analysis of comprehensive mitigation actions. The Climate Action Plan Advisory Group will review the final analysis prepared by CCS in the coming weeks in Saltillo.

CCS Conducts Global LEDS Workshops on Economic Benefits, Poverty Reduction

October 14, 2015

CCS Conducts Global LEDS Workshops on Economic Benefits, Poverty Reduction

The CCS LEDS team held multinational workshops on capturing economic benefits and reducing poverty through stepwise, integrative policy development, such as practices used by CCS in its LEDS Action Planning processes.

Shanxi Province, CCS, GEI Enter Peak Emissions, Low Carbon Development Agreement

October 13, 2015

Shanxi Province, CCS, GEI Enter Peak Emissions, Low Carbon Development Agreement

On October 13, 2015 The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS), the Global Environmental Institute (GEI), and Shanxi Province Research Center on Eco-Environmental Science (SPRCES) entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Low Carbon Development (LCD) for the Pilot city of Yangquan in the Shanxi Province.

CCS Trains Guatemala Professors on LEDS Action Planning and Analysis

September 14, 2015

CCS Trains Guatemala Professors on LEDS Action Planning and Analysis

In September, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) trained Professors at the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala City on LEDS Policy Design and Analysis. Training included LEDS concepts, policy selection and design, microeconomic (direct) impacts analysis, and macroeconomic (indirect) impacts analysis.

CCS Trains New China Officials, Experts on LCD Planning, Analysis, Implementation

August 10, 2015

CCS Trains New China Officials, Experts on LCD Planning, Analysis, Implementation

In August 2015, CS and GEI conducted a three-day training workshop on the 10-step LCD Planning and Analysis for provinces and cities in the City of Shanxi, Taiyuan Province.

Policy Insight on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

August 7, 2015

Policy Insight on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

On August 3, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final rule for the Clean Power Plan (CPP), after receiving more than 4 million comments from state officials, industry, consumer groups and environmentalists over the span of a year. The new goals announced will require shifts in many states toward lower levels of electricity demand and higher levels of clean energy supplies, such as renewable energy. In some states this may involve shifts toward higher energy prices, at least in the short term, while in others prices may immediately fall and continue to deepen over time.

CCS Trains Ukraine Officials on USAID's LEDS Program in Kiev

July 1, 2015

CCS Trains Ukraine Officials on USAID's LEDS Program in Kiev

In June, CCS traveled to Ukraine and delivered comprehensive EC-LEDS training to more than fifty Ukrainian government officials and stakeholders

CCS Provides Climate Action Planning Support to the University of South Florida, St. Pete

May 29, 2015

CCS Provides Climate Action Planning Support to the University of South Florida, St. Pete

In May 2015, CCS provided capacity-building and technical assistance to USFSP’s Facilities Services Sustainability Coordinator and the campus’ Clean Energy Research Conservation Commission to develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions baseline.

CCS Conducts Ukraine Low Emissions Development Strategies Assessment

May 1, 2015

CCS Conducts Ukraine Low Emissions Development Strategies Assessment

CCS is supporting International Resources Group (IRG), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Engility Corporation, implementation of the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emissions Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) program of the US Agency for International Development (US AID) in Ukraine.

CCS Launches Second Phase of Coahuila, Mexico Low Emissions Development Strategies (MLEDS) Climate Action Plan Process

April 30, 2015

CCS Launches Second Phase of Coahuila, Mexico Low Emissions Development Strategies (MLEDS) Climate Action Plan Process

Saltillo, Mexico, April 28-29. The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) launched the second and final phase of the Coahuila Climate Action Plan under the Mexico Low Emissions Development Strategies (MLEDS) Program through a training program for officials of the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente (SEMA) and local experts on design of policy options and implementation mechanisms.

IEA and CCS Reports Highlight
 Decoupling of Economic Growth and Carbon Emissions

March 20, 2015

IEA and CCS Reports Highlight
 Decoupling of Economic Growth and Carbon Emissions

The recent International Energy Agency Report that global greenhouse gas emissions were stable in 2014 against global economic growth underscores the phenomenon known as "decoupling" or the ability of economies to grow while reducing use of carbon based energy and resources.

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