15 May, 2017


Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC); Environment and Climate Change Canada; Chile Ministry of Environment; Mexico Ministry of Environment; Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Climate and development benefits of black carbon mitigation

Monday 15 May, 15:00 – 16:30
Side event at the UN Climate Change Conference, Room Kaminzimmer


The event aims to highlight the impacts of black carbon and co-pollutants on climate and health and provide greater clarity on the scientific rationale for countries to include black carbon and co-pollutants as a regulated (and measured) emission in national (and local) air quality regulations and standards. The panel of leading scientists and representatives from both developing and developed countries will discuss the importance of measuring black carbon emissions, share best practices and their experiences of black carbon mitigation, and highlight multiple benefits for health and sustainable development.

Including black carbon and co-pollutants in national plans will help the global of attainment of 0.6 degrees Celsius of avoided global warming from SLCPs. It would also help countries avoid choosing between near-term sustainable development priorities and long-term climate goals - they can and should achieve both.


Moderator: Prof. Dr. Mark Lawrence, Managing Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam

Science session: Latest science update on black carbon and presentation of a March 2017 decision by 78 leading scientists on steps to develop black carbon metrics and inventories.

  • Prof. Drew Shindell, Professor of Climate Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Chair of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Scientific Advisory Panel (video message)
  • Prof. Dr. Mark Lawrence, Managing Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam


National experience: Presentations by national government representatives showcasing national black carbon actions (inventories, inclusion in nationally determined contributions or mid-century strategies)

  • Dr. Maria Amparo Martínez, Director General of the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC) [Vice-Minister], Mexico -- Black carbon as part of the NDC and National GHG inventory
  • Mr. Felipe Osses, Senior Climate Change Negotiator, Ministry of Environment, Chile
  • Ms. Catherine Stewart, Director General, Climate Change International, Environment and Climate Change Canada




The forty-sixth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46) and  Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46) as well as the third part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3) will take place from 8 to 18 May 2017, in Bonn, Germany.

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(L-R): Catherine Stewart, Canada; Felipe Osses, Chile; and Maria Amparo Martínez, Mexico (Photo by IISD/ENB | Angeles Estrada)

Event contact

James Morris
Partnership & Programme Officer
James.Morris [at] un.org
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