Climate Policy Advice
Climate Policy Advice
International and national level climate policy instruments have come a long way since the early 1990s. Perspectives’ experts have been involved in international climate negotiations since their start and played an important role in designing and operationalizing the market mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol, especially with regards to methodologies for calculating baselines and monitoring emissions. Our support for climate policy encompasses carbon market design, international climate finance, performance-based adaptation policy instruments and negotiation support.
Regarding carbon market design, we continue to shape new, practical concepts and pilot activities under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), such as New Market Mechanisms (NMM), the Framework for Various Approaches (FVA) as well as sectoral approaches and bilateral mechanisms. Perspectives can conduct technical studies and capacity building activities, especially regarding specification of baselines and the GHG reduction target, definition of system boundaries, allocation procedures, options for the use of domestic and/or international offset credits and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of emissions in order to prevent double counting.
In the emerging landscape of international climate finance, we provide advice regarding performance criteria for allocation of funds, and regarding the impacts of different definitions of various climate finance streams. We also support host country institutions in understanding the requirements of climate finance providers and fulfilling them.
Policy instruments for adaptation have not yet been elaborated to an extent comparable with mitigation policies. Perspectives offers elaboration and application of performance-based concepts for adaptation policy measures, especially regarding operationalization of criteria and indicators and mobilization of synergies between mitigation and adaptation.
Perspectives supports hosts of UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties in achieving successful outcomes, as well as governments and private sector representatives in navigating the complex world of climate negotiations. We help in organizing side events and outreach to various constituencies.
For more information, please contact Dr. Axel Michaelowa.