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Climate Change

In a September 2009 speech, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called climate change “the preeminent geopolitical and economic issue of the 21st century.” Among governments and societies, awareness of the issue, agreement around the need to address it, and controversy over how to do so have all increased in recent years.

Meridian Institute is experienced in the climate change arena; we have been convening collaborative dialogues and conferences on the topic for well over a decade. Our projects have covered multiple aspects of climate change, including US energy policy, US and other national climate policy, international climate change agreements and policy, clean technology innovation, the effects of climate change on agriculture and of agriculture on climate change, and measures for reducing emissions from deforestation, forest degradation, and other biological land uses.

Meridian’s climate- and energy-related projects have helped parties across the political spectrum and around the globe to establish communication, exchange ideas, and forge action-based alliances. Our efforts have spurred effective interchange among scientists, policy makers, industry leaders, environmental advocates, academics, ethical and spiritual leaders, and others. Many of Meridian’s projects have resulted in unlikely allies; for example, we worked with several Fortune 500 corporations and leading environmental groups to create the US Climate Action Partnership.

As society continues to grapple with issues related to the changing global climate—including its impacts on natural and human systems and the need to shift reliance away from fossil-fuel-based energy—Meridian will be there to help diverse parties forge consensus-based solutions.

    • United States Climate Action Partnership
    • In 2006, Meridian Institute assisted several large companies and national NGOs in establishing what eventually became known as the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP). Meridian managed the USCAP process, including facilitating all policy negotiations of USCAP’s staff-level steering committee as well as its CEO-level board.
    • Council on Sustainable Biomass Production
    • The Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP) was a diverse, multi-stakeholder group that developed a voluntary biomass-to-bioenergy sustainability standards for the production of feedstocks for second-generation (cellulosic) bioenergy facilities. The CSBP was established in 2007 by Meridian Institute and Heissenbuttel Natural Resource Consulting.
    • World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Private Sector Observer
    • The World Bank created the Carbon Fund (CF) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to provide payments for verified emission reductions from activities that reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and conserve forests (REDD+). FCPF identified the need to better engage with the private sector to support partner countries in mobilizing resources, knowledge and innovation for addressing climate change and promoting green growth.

      Meridian Institute interviewed 25 stakeholders and developed recommendations for improving the ability of the Carbon Fund to partner with private sector companies, facilitated a private sector selection process and developed a revised terms of reference to enhance the role of private sector observers to attract private investment in REDD+ programs and consistently engage experts in agriculture and sustainable supply chain development.