Climate Change Policy Design

Plan and design climate change mitigation policy instruments (voluntary, regulatory, and market-based), geared towards climate-compatible development.



Competency Area

Climate Change


Understands policy context for climate change mitigation

Understands climate change patterns and the corresponding rationale for global greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation efforts and low-emission development strategies (LEDS)

Differentiates between climate change policy instruments that are voluntary, regulatory, and/or market-based Aware of knowledge gaps and corresponding cost-effective climate change strategies that can make climate policy more effective, and development climate-compatible

Situates a climate change related issue within development planning approaches

Locates climate change mitigation within existing practices

Interprets GHG and LEDS mitigation efforts through relevant policy information, cultural competence, and context-based practices

Documents approaches to integrate national development priorities, goals under international agreements and scientific projections towards sustainable institutional structures and arrangements towards climate change

Employs human-centric processes of inquiry to identify development pathways through GHG and LEDS mitigation efforts

Identifies key sectors affected and/or involved in mitigation measures

Maps windows of opportunities and relevant sources of funding (within the domestic ecosystem) for developing climate change policy instruments

Supports climate change plans

Frames climate change issues within existing local, regional, and national standards

Leverages existing climate change policies and action plans to amplify current and future solutions, with a focus on measuring current GHG levels

Supports translation of climate change related goals and visions into outcome-based plans, through research, documentation, and stakeholder mapping

Competent in using Energy Forecasting Framework and Emissions Consensus Tool (EFFECT) to forecast greenhouse gas emissions from a range of development scenarios at the regional and national levels.

Designs climate change policy instruments

Designs short, medium, and long-term policy instruments that consider global emissions reductions and local development opportunities, while accounting for competing priorities and resources in key mitigation sectors (socio-economic impacts, energy efficiency, energy security, co-benefits, etc.)

Integrates governance structures into climate change policy instruments (transparency, accountability, information, equity)

Uses monitoring and evaluation methods to determine economic opportunities through the deployment of low emission development strategies

Ability to scale-up lessons learnt while recognising limitations of existing systems (disintegrated and scattered data sources, knowledge gaps, etc.)

Champions climate-compatible development

Promotes an interdisciplinary, cross-sector orientation towards sustainable development efforts

Champions climate-compatible development approaches

Collaborates with relevant stakeholders to address resistance to change in the context of decoupling economic growth and social development from GHG emissions growth

Establishes a culture of innovation to develop strategies, initiatives, and plans that maximise long-term development through GHG mitigation efforts