Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 Climate and Clean Air Awards. The deadline to enter is Sunday, 1 July, 2018.
Fast action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon, methane, hydrofluorocarbons and tropospheric ozone, is key to improving air quality and slowing the rate of climate change. Actions to mitigate these pollutants also provide additional benefits for health, ecosystems and the sustainable development goals.
The Climate and Clean Air Awards are given annually to recognize exceptional contributions and actions taken by individuals or groups to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. This can include transformative or innovative actions to reduce black carbon and methane emissions from household energy, transportation, municipal solid waste, the brick sector and other combustion industries, agriculture and the oil and gas industry; or to replace hydrofluorocarbons used in cooling and refrigeration.
The awards aim to:
- Reward leadership toward achieving the goals of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition
- Recognise best practice, policies and innovations that reduce short-lived climate pollutants at the local, national, regional or global scale
- Support networking and the exchange of ideas
The Awards focus on actions that produce results for the climate and sustainable development. Any individual, city, subnational government, national government or private entity taking decisive action on short-lived climate pollutants is encouraged to apply.
All entries will be reviewed by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition secretariat, its partners, and an independent jury. Entries will be considered based on the following criteria:
- Collective or individual actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants: Efforts that directly or indirectly reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants
- Innovation in reducing short-lived climate pollutants: The development of ground-breaking technology, processes or policies that contribute to the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants
- Sharing and scaling up of activities: Catalytic actions that lead to increased investment and/or resources for short-lived climate pollutant projects, and the extent to which these actions can be shared and scaled up
- Demonstrating multiple benefits: The extent to which a project has positive benefits for society beyond improved air quality and avoided climate change, such as improved human health or ecosystem benefits
- Awareness raising: The extent to which projects and activities have created outreach materials, run awareness campaigns, and engaged media to raise awareness on the need to reduce short-lived climate pollutants and the benefits gained from their activities.
- Entries must be received by 1 July 2018.
- To be considered, entries must include:
- A description of the project or policy
- Details about the outcomes and results
- Basic budget and funding details (if applicable)
- Supporting documentation (project plans, communication materials, results, etc.)
- A letter of recommendation from a Coalition partner or actor or government entity
- Entries should present work that has achieved results. The work can be a portion of a larger project.
- Award recipients are expected to present their work at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California (USA) in September 2018.
All applications must be submitted online. The online entry form consists of short answer and multiple choice questions, and should take around 20-30 minutes to complete.
The 2017 Climate and Clean Air Award winners were announced on November 12th at a ceremony at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany (COP23). The winners were selected from over 30 submissions from 17 countries, spanning four categories – Individual achievement, Outstanding policy, Innovative technology, and Transformative action.