In the development of innovative climate change policies, an awareness of current policy ideas and implementations throughout the world can serve as an invaluable asset to policymakers. By drawing on the experiences and lessons of other countries, policymakers can better craft their own strategies and design more effective policy instruments within their own national contexts.
To raise awareness about potential policy options and opportunities within the nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) framework, CCAP recently released The Road to NAMAs: Global Stories of Successful Climate Action, which captures best practices of climate change mitigation actions from around the world. Through their high-level content, these examples present a range of strategies for addressing climate change mitigation. They include actions in both developing as well as developed countries, focusing on five key sectors: renewable energy, industrial energy efficiency, building energy efficiency, transport, and waste.
The stories showcased in The Road to NAMAs are particularly relevant for developing countries, with examples drawn from policies that have successfully reduced greenhouse gas emissions while contributing to measurable sustainable development outcomes. They utilize effective financial mechanisms that have leveraged donor funds and are ultimately meant to serve as good examples for potential NAMAs. The stories are especially interesting to stakeholders and policymakers who are knowledgeable of climate issues but not necessarily familiar with a particular sector or financial instrument. In sharing these examples, CCAP hopes to inspire similar actions under the NAMA framework.
In total, over 30 success stories will be accessible on The Road to NAMAs online database. Each week, CCAP will be highlighting one story in a blog post as part of an ongoing series to spread awareness on these successful mitigation actions. Examples range from innovative schemes to promote energy efficiency in countries like Singapore and Mexico, to multi-modal transportation networks in Colombia and China, to financing mechanisms for renewable energy deployment in Thailand and India. Ultimately, CCAP hopes this effort will help move the NAMA concept forward and inspire policymakers to consider and identify new opportunities for reducing emissions in the context of sustainable development.