Global Climate Change
ICF aids governments and development agencies in making informed decisions. We characterize emissions sources, suggest emissions reduction strategies, assess risk, and analyze the impacts of climate and extreme weather on transportation, energy, and water infrastructure, natural resources, and other sectors. More specifically, we:
Implementing Climate Change Resilience Programs
ICF works with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Millennium Challenge Corporation to promote climate-resilient international development. We develop processes and tools to identify climate risks to investments and effective approaches for managing those risks. We provide systematic documentation of adjustments to USAID programs and strategies, and we support the roll-out and initial implementation of climate risk screening and assessment tools and processes.
ICF helped the World Bank design climate risk screening tools for the world’s largest climate risk management effort, as measured by the value of the investments being screened. We created a tool to identify climate risks in national-level planning and a suite of tools for assessing risks to project-level investments in energy, roads, water, health, coastal, agriculture, and other sectors.
We have supported USAID in helping cities in the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Mozambique to develop work plans and activities that address climate risk to infrastructure services. In Southeast Asia, ICF designed a tool for analyzing the environmental, financial, and social performance risks of hydropower investments. In Tanzania and Ghana, ICF is developing Integrated Resource and Resilience Plans that integrate climate considerations into energy development strategies.
Implementing Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS)
ICF works with development and environmental organizations across the globe to help countries develop GHG inventories and monitor, report, and verify GHG emissions. We have assisted dozens of nations across Africa, Asia, and Latin America in improving GHG accounting methods. For example, ICF has supported the following efforts:
Guiding Emissions Trading Systems
ICF supports all phases of the carbon market cycle. We have delivered strategic advice and due diligence services for 300+ proposed clean development mechanism and joint implementation projects. We helped USEPA develop the first large-scale emission trading system – the Acid Rain Program – and have since provided analytic support to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Western Climate Initiative, California Cap and Trade Program, and others. Outside North America, we are assisting the European Commission in providing technical assistance and capacity-building expertise for emissions trading systems in China and South Korea.