Center For Clean Air Policy (CCAP)
Headquarters Location: Washington, DC
Mission: The mission of Center for Clean Air Policy is to significantly advance cost-effective and pragmatic air quality and climate policy through analysis, dialogue and education to reach a broad range of policy-makers and stakeholders worldwide.
A noted speaker and facilitator, Ned is the author of more than 50 key studies on climate change,… See full bio.
More than 70 participants, including inter-ministerial teams from the eight Latin American participant countries (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay), came together to advance ambitious and financeable Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in accordance with national sustainable-development plans. Participating countries have made considerable progress over the past year in developing NAMAs that address climate, sustainable development, and other benefits. While few NAMAs were under development at the first MAIN dialogue in March 2011, over 40 NAMAs are currently being developed in Latin American participant countries, several of which have advanced to the stage of developing financing plans.
Experts in waste, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and transportation presented best-practice options for mitigation policies in these sectors. The event also convened representatives of financial institutions (Chilean bank BICE, KFW, KPMG), development banks (CAF, IDB), finance consultants (Brad Johnson, RMA) and potential developed-country funders of NAMAs (Germany, Canada, France) to discuss available funding for NAMAs and how to incorporate financial engineering in the design of NAMAs.
Expert Reviews of Center For Clean Air Policy (CCAP)
Evidence of Impact Summary:The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has played a large role in domestic and international climate change work. Through their research, CCAP has helped countries develop an understanding of the tangible effect of climate change and built a case for intervention strategies. The organization has been an active player in helping to facilitate international climate negotiations, as well as in conceptualizing mitigation projects. They offer tools for creating sustainable communities and assisting countries in developing reduced emission strategies.
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Organization Strengths Summary:The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) is a trusted facilitator in the world of climate change. They are known to excel at relationship building, and they have years of experience in helping to develop consensus among diverse stakeholder interests. CCAP’s strong leadership and knowledgeable staff members are a strong asset. Their information and analysis is trusted and concise.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) may want to consider expanding their work in the United States to compliment their international work. In order to do this, they would need to broaden their funding base. Another expert suggests that they may want to assess their managerial practices as the organization’s turn-over rate could be linked to short-comings in that area. CCAP is doing strong work, particularly on analyzing other countries' emission reduction strategies, and they could improve their communications to better highlight that work.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact
|They offer useful tools that the United States and other countries find helpful regarding sustainable communities and adaptation to climate change.|
|CCAP plays a significant behind-the-scenes role in facilitating advances in international climate negotiations by convening off-the-record meetings of climate negotiators from industrialized and developing countries. CCAP is publicly active in helping to conceive mitigation action projects in a number of developing countries. They place an emphasis on projects that deliver both climate benefits and other benefits, such as public health, urban mobility, and economic development.|
Supplying Vital Information
|CCAP plays a valuable research role in this space by helping to supply the empirical data of climate change impacts. In addition, they are instrumental in making the case for climate change solutions.|
|CCAP has provided assistance to a number of developing countries, as well as several states here in the U.S., in preparing and implementing emissions reduction strategies. For over a decade, it has facilitated a productive dialogue among companies, nonprofit advocacy groups, and officials from EPA, DOE, and other agencies, on both international and domestic climate policies. CCAP does an excellent job of providing concrete information to U.S. policymakers and the media on how much other countries are doing to address the climate threat.|
|They provide important data and tracking and also serve as a great reference point for advocates.|
Expert Comments: Organization Strengths
|They work at federal, state, and local levels. The staff is also collaborative and smart.|
|CCAP has a top-notch staff from Ned Helme, the Executive Director, on down. They have built strong relationships with policy makers, as well as leaders of corporate and nonprofit groups. CCAP's analysis is well-respected, effective, and to the point. The organization is a trusted facilitator that has years of proven experience in helping build consensus among diverse interests around climate policy and action plans.|
|They have good policy ideas.|
|They are real policy drivers. The organization is well led.|
|Their strength is their leadership in the field. The staff has a deep level of expertise on climate change and the factors contributing to it.|
|CCAP is led by a seasoned veteran who continues to inspire fresh thinking from the staff. The staff members are uniformly accomplished professionals.|
|They are a little think-tanky, but have great ideas. And while there is sometimes confusion about their mission, they have a few of the best staffers around.|
Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement
Assess Management Practices
|In certain areas of their work, the staff seems to enjoy a better reputation than the management. There has been a lot of turnover attributed to rumored difficulties with management, but I don't have direct knowledge.|
|They have a good overall mission for integrating climate and conventional air quality but they almost never do it, leaving people confused about their mission. Their management has been very uneven, sometimes brilliant and other times turbulent and stormy. I think they are still a good shop overall but they could get better at playing with other NGOs, share their toys and ideas better, and look for more places to engage real decision makers.|
|CCAP needs to broaden its funding base. This would allow the organization to carry out more U.S.-based projects to complement their work abroad.|
|CCAP should do more to raise the visibility of their work, particularly their analysis on what developing countries are doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.|
|They could improve if they collaborated better with other organizations. CCAP tends to be a lone player, and not always as well-trusted as some other groups.|
A noted speaker and facilitator, Ned is the author of more than 50 key studies on climate change, air quality, electricity regulation, and transportation policy. He has testified before Congress and international bodies, appeared on numerous U.S. and international TV news programs and is frequently quoted in the Washington Post, NY Times and other publications. With more than thirty years experience in climate and air policy, Ned has a broad and deep understanding of cap-and-trade programs and other market and nonmarket approaches to addressing climate change.
Ned played an instrumental role in the development and passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments in 1990, which established the first national emissions trading program in the U.S. He was also a driving force behind the Decin Project in the Czech Republic, the first project in the world which used carbon credits to finance the switch of a coal-fired heating plant to natural gas and efficiency, and led stakeholder discussions that produced the design of the Clean Development Mechanism. Ned also led the expert team that developed the original design of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme.
Through his work in China, Mexico and other developing countries, Ned has pioneered the concept of focusing developing country actions and international finance in key industrial sectors, a concept that is central to the Cancun agreements reached December 2010 at the UN.
He serves on the Executive Committee of the Natural Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board, has taught as an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and previously served on the advisory board of BP’s renewable energy subsidiary.
Prior to starting CCAP, Ned directed the Natural Resources Division of the National Governors Association and was a legislative director to a U.S. Congressman where he played a major role in U.S. legislation to regulate coal strip mining and project wilderness areas in West Virginia.
He holds an M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley and a B.A. in political science and psychology from Haverford College.