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Laying the Groundwork for Reducing Carbon Emissions

We work behind the scenes to ensure countries around the world reach their reduced carbon emissions goals.

Sep 2, 2016

Figuring out the complex causes and effects of climate change isn’t easy. So our public and private sector clients turn to us when they need help. Why? Because we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and do whatever it takes to tackle climate change.

In 2015, our team of climate experts set the foundation leading up to the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change. We worked behind the scenes to organize events in Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro to help world leaders prepare for this impactful conference. We also worked alongside USAID to assist countries design low-emission development strategies and analyze country commitments.

Nearly 190 countries reached an unprecedented agreement to combat climate change by committing to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The U.S. and China both made major commitments to reducing GHGs before COP21 by focusing on local and regional programs that ICF has supported over the years.

Dating back almost 20 years, we’ve been instrumental in developing a number of innovative programs, such as the first United States greenhouse gas inventory for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

We’ve since taken our experience a step further to help countries prepare robust inventories, enabling them to keep track of their progress in meeting their commitments to reduce emissions.

As the effects of climate change continue to affect our world, ICF will remain part of the effort to meet future challenges and find effective solutions.