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Emissions associated with Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) are harming millions of people around the world through their direct and indirect impacts on human health, agriculture, ecosystems, and global and regional climate.
SLCP sources vary from country to country, ranging from black carbon and associated emissions from traditional brick production, inefficient cookstoves, and in the exhaust from diesel engines, to the leakage of methane from oil and natural gas production, and methane emissions from the decomposition of waste in landfills and agricultural practices. Compelling scientific evidence indicates that fast action to control SLCPs will have immediate and significant and multiple climate and air quality benefits for communities around the World. For example, global action on black carbon and methane can help slow down expected warming in 2050 by up to 0.5 degree Celsius and avoid about 2.4 million annual premature deaths and 52 million tonnes of annual crop loss by 2030.
Action at the national scale is important, as decision making is often made at that scale. Rapid reductions in emissions from SLCP sources can be achieved through the implementation of cost-effective measures using national policies, programmes and regulatory frameworks, such as those used to address air quality, climate change and sustainable development. The need for urgent action to address SLCPs is now widely recognised, but support for national governments is needed to identify and promote the key mitigation measures that can bring rapid climate, health and environmental benefits.
The SNAP Initiative (Supporting National Action and Planning on SLCPs) of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) is a collaborative programme aimed at supporting the efforts of CCAC partner countries to scale up action on SLCPs in a coordinated and prioritized way. This includes helping them identify and implement the most cost-effective pathways to large-scale implementation of SLCP measures, i.e. those that reduce near-term warming and improve air quality, human health and crop yields1.
The SNAP initiative aims to address various challenges countries are facing to up-scale action. These include:
The Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) Integrated Benefits Calculator (IBC) toolkit is a piece of software that enables developing country practitioners to make a start on compiling SLCP emission inventories, generating mitigation scenarios and estimating benefits of action. It encourages countries to use nationally available data and uses internationally recognised statistics where data gaps exists so countries can start to prioritize their action.
See the following Guidance Document
If you want to collaborate with us to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, we encourage you to explore engagement options on this website and to contact the Secretariat to discuss further.