A changing climate is adding complexity and challenges to growth and development worldwide. ICF helps countries anticipate and plan for the effects of climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, seize opportunities related to climate programs and funding, and work toward sustainable, low-carbon, resilient solutions with a full package of integrated services.
By characterizing emission sources, identifying mitigation strategies, assessing risk, and analyzing the impacts of climate change on key sectors--including transportation, energy and water infrastructure, and sustainable landscapes--ICF assists governments and development agencies in making informed decisions that integrate climate concerns. Our expert guidance is designed to help country decision-makers and other stakeholders fully understand the implications of changes in climate and to identify, assess, select, implement, and evaluate options that reduce potential impacts. Examples of this guidance include the use of models and tools to:
ICF is working with agencies like USAID and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to implement Executive Order 13677 on Climate-Resilient International Development. We are developing processes and tools to identify climate risks to investments and effective approaches for managing those risks. This work spans the entire spectrum from the national to the project level, and includes systematic documentation of the adjustments that are made to USAID programs and strategies. Support includes the roll-out and initial implementation of the climate risk screening and assessment tools and processes. ICF is providing similar support to the MCC to assure that its multi-billion dollar investment portfolio is being developed to be resilient to the climate of the 21st century, rather than the climate of the 20th century.
ICF helped the World Bank create the climate risk screening tools that are now part of the world’s largest climate risk management effort, as measured by the value of the investments being screened for risks. We created a tool to identify climate risks in national-level planning, and a suite of tools to identify climate risks to project-level investments related to energy, roads, water, health, coastal, agriculture, and other sectors.
Other examples include our work with USAID in helping cities in the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Mozambique to develop work plans and activities that address climate risk to infrastructure services and plan for a changing climate. In Tanzania and Ghana, ICF is developing Integrated Resource Resilience Plans that integrate climate change into the countries' energy development strategies. And, in Southeast Asia, ICF developed a tool for analyzing the environmental, financial, and social performance risks that hydropower investments face from climate change.
ICF works with development and environmental organizations across the globe to help countries develop greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and monitor, report, and verify GHG emissions. Our teams have assisted dozens of nations across Africa, Asia, and Latin America with the development and improvement of their national GHG accounting methods. Key ICF experience in the implementation of Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) includes:
ICF supports initiatives at all phases of the carbon market cycle. For example, our climate change teams have delivered strategic advice and due diligence services for more than 300 proposed clean development mechanism and joint implementation projects. We have also assisted the European Commission in providing technical assistance and capacity building expertise for emissions trading systems in China and South Korea.