Supporting National Action and Planning on SLCPs (SNAP)

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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:

  • Lack of awareness of the SLCP issue amongst the key government departments and stakeholders in the country;
  • Lack of knowledge of SLCP emission sources, the magnitude of relevant emissions, and the potential for mitigation that hinders the ability to take informed decisions;
  • A lack of institutional capacity to coordinate the implementation of SLCP measures;
  • Scattered, uncoordinated action implementing measures that achieve the near-term climate, health and ecosystem benefits and no or limited planning that would embed SLCP policies within national strategies, plans and programmes;
  • A lack of consideration of the role that regional and other international processes and agreements could play in the mitigation of SLCPs.
     

SNAP INITIATIVE FACTSHEET:

CCAC SNAP - Initiative Factsheet
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Top facts

Total deaths caused by air pollution in the 14 SNAP countries = 426,976 premature deaths
Total crop yield loss 2,110,000 tonnes (or 2.1 million tonnes) from 14 countries caused by ozone pollution
16 measures targeting Black Carbon and Methane implemented fully in all countries of the globe can avoid 0.5 degrees warming by 2050

Top facts

  • Total deaths caused by air pollution in the 14 SNAP countries = 426,976 premature deaths
  • Total crop yield loss 2,110,000 tonnes (or 2.1 million tonnes) from 14 countries caused by ozone pollution
  • 16 measures targeting Black Carbon and Methane implemented fully in all countries of the globe can avoid 0.5 degrees warming by 2050

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Initiative contacts

SNAP Initiative Coordinator
Elsa.Lefevre [at] unep.org

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Who is involved

Partners (6)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Lead
Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD)
Lead
International Union of Air Pollution, Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA)
Lead
Mexico
Lead
Morocco, Kingdom of
Lead

Partners (6)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Lead
Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD)
Lead

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FAQ

What is the SNAP LEAP IBC toolkit?

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.

For more information, a webinar is available following this link.

How does the SNAP support function? What are the main steps of a national planning process?

See the following Guidance Document

PDF icon SNAP National Planning Guidance Document (pdf  

Get involved in this initiative

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.

CCAC Secretariat
ccac_secretariat [at] unep.org
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