Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policy-makers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests.
To achieve significant near-term reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), CCAP launched the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN), which supports the design of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in developing countries in Latin America and Asia. With generous support from the governments of Canada, Germany and Denmark, MAIN facilitates NAMA development by bringing together policy-makers through regionally-based dialogues, promoting knowledge exchange, and sharing policy tools and best practice research.
As part of the MAIN initiative, CCAP is supporting the on-the-ground development of NAMAs in the waste sector in Colombia, Chile, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. These NAMAs have the potential to significantly reduce methane emissions - a SLCP and GHG that is 24 times more potent than carbon dioxide – through improved waste management practices. To structure and facilitate the financing and implementation of these NAMAs, CCAP conducts intensive stakeholder outreach and provides technical and policy support in each of the target countries. Activities include capacity building through in-country workshops, research of best practices to reduce emissions from the waste sector, data collection and analysis, and the design of NAMAs in the waste sector, including financing elements, and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV). In addition, CCAP is providing support to the government of Peru to develop a waste NAMA being advanced by the Nordic Governments.
To further support SLCP mitigation, CCAP is also an implementing partner for the CCAC Municipal Solid Waste Initiative, working with Cali, Colombia and Viña del Mar, Chile to conduct waste assessments and help develop municipal solid waste management action plans.