International Climate Blackboard
CCS collaborates with national, provincial and state governments worldwide to develop climate action plans, low carbon development plans, and low emissions development strategies. Through this assistance, CCS offers startup assistance, coaching, quality control, coordination, capacity building, training, education, technical and facilitative assistance, information exchange, and institutional partnerships. Our international program includes projects in China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the European Union, Guatemala, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Ukraine. Click the map to find out more about CCS' work with international partners.
CCS is an official observer with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and has been active in hosting formal Side Events and delegations at meetings of the Conference of Parties (COP), as well as bilateral and other multilateral meetings. In this role CCS provides information exchange, technique development, and policy dialog between officials and institutions on key aspects of climate change policy. For more information, please click here.
In preparation for COP21 Paris in December 2015, participating countries have agreed to publicly outline their climate actions plans post-2020. These plans, better known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), will help dictate the outcome of the conference and whether member states are able to create an ambitious 2015 climate agreement. Several countries, including the EU, the United States, China and Russia, have already submitted their COP21 pledges. CCS has been carefully tracking each INDC and has created a chart that easily compares the stringency of each plan. Our team will be updating the chart as additional INDCs are expected in the upcoming months. To view or download the chart, please click here.
Asia and Pacific Islands
China's Low Carbon Development Planning is an essential part of the CCS international program. CCS has been working in China since 2009 supporting the development of a Low Carbon Development Planning and Analysis Toolkit and scale up program and state to provincial information exchange. CCS partners with the Beijing-based Global Environment Institute (GEI) to support China's advancement of climate change action. 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 also successfully partnered with USAID to provide third party review of greenhouse gas inventories and forecasts and verification of Climate Action Plans in the Philippines.
North and Central America
CCS works collaboratively with USAID and other partners in North and Central America on low carbon development, climate action planning, and low emissions development strategies, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala. Since 2007 CCS has helped the six Border States of Mexico develop greenhouse gas emissions baselines and climate action plans in partnership with the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, state agencies in the region, and other partners.
CCS is working on a two-year Transatlantic Research and Debate Project funded by the European Union to enhance existing and new EU-US dialog and cooperation mechanisms on current and emerging low-carbon and clean energy policy actions and issues. The project is focused at the national and sub-national levels on commonalities of circumstance and interest in low carbon policies that can address economic hardship and energy needs.
The project is advancing in the context of the new recently announced EU and US climate change and clean energy goals and a common interest in their attainment, but no formal mechanisms to enable cooperation and mutual support across the range of high priority sectors, policies, instruments, and investments.
CCS is supporting the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Municipal Energy Reform Project’s (MERP) Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC LEDS) program in Ukraine as a subcontractor to International Resources Group (IRG), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Engility Corporation. The USAID-funded project is designed to enhance Ukrainian energy security by working with national and sub-national authorities toward increased end-use energy efficiency, improved energy planning and increased use of clean energy from renewable sources.
CCS is partnering with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ministry of Environment to provide outreach, capacity building, and startup assistance for a national Green Growth Plan and Low Emissions Development Strategy (LEDS).