2018 Climate & Clean Air Awards accepting entries until 1 July

The deadline to enter has been extended to 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

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.

You can find more information and nominate any organisation or individual by clicking on the link below. 

2017 award winners

The first ever Climate and Clean Air Awards were presented to seven winners at a ceremony at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany (COP23). The winners of the 2017 Climate and Clean Air Awards were:

  • The State of California  won the Award for Outstanding Policy for putting into state law the most comprehensive and strongest set of targets for reducing short-lived climate pollutants, and for developing a detailed plan to meet these targets. California Governor, Edmund Gerald Brown Jr, and California State Senator, Ricardo Lara, accepted the award on California’s behalf. 
  • The National Petroleum Authority of Ghana also received the Award for Outstanding Policy for putting in place strong measures to reduce vehicle emissions. Ghana is the first West African country to move to low sulfur diesel and with a new sulfur content standard of 50 parts per million (ppm), down from 3000 ppm. The award was accepted on behalf of the National Petroleum Authority by Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana. 
  • Mr Sameer Maithel won the Award for Individual Achievement, for his work to reduce black carbon emissions from brick kilns in India. By helping install cleaner, more efficient brick kiln technologies, Mr Maithel has demonstrated that significant emission reductions of black carbon can be achieved by retrofitting and converting existing kilns, benefitting workers, owners, and the environment.
  • Marcelo Mena Carrasco, Minister of Environment Chile, received an Honorary Award for Individual Achievement for his work to reduce air pollution in Chile. Under Mr. Carrasco’s leadership, Chile created “Plans of Prevention and Decontamination of Atmospheric Pollution” for 14 cities. Implementing these plans has led to significant reductions in air pollution and has made Chile a global leader in actions to improve air quality. 
  • The Award for Innovative Technology was given to Öresundskraft Kraft and Varme AB for using sea water and absorption cooling technology to cool downtown Helsingborg, Sweden. The District Cooling expansion shows that there are alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and offers a sustainable, competitive, and need-driven cooling service to customers on a city-wide scale. The award was accepted by Gustaf Wiklund, Chairman of the Board, Öresundskraft AB. 
  • Durban (eThekwini) Municipality received an Honorary Award for Innovative Technology for its Durban Landfill Conservancies project, a successful landfill that reduces emissions of methane, provides safe waste disposal, produces electricity for the local grid and employs workers from the surrounding communities. Councillor Ntombifuthi Zamathomoya Maluleka accepted the award on behalf of the Municipality. 
  • International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) won the Award for Transformative Action for its initiative to conduct checks of real-world emissions of diesel cars in the United States. This work uncovered a global scheme by Volkswagen to deliberately avoid motor vehicle standards. The scandal continues to reverberate in the auto industry and has raised global awareness of the impact of diesel vehicles on air quality. Nic Lutsey accepted the award on behalf of the ICCT. 


Climate and Clean Air Award Winners. L–R: Sameer Maithel, Director, Greentech Knowledge Solutions; Marcelo Mena Carrasco, Minister of Environment, Chile; Gustaf Wiklund, Öresundskraft Kraft & Varme AB; Ntombifuthi Zamathomaya Maluleka, City of Durban; Nic Lutsey, ICCT; Hassan Tampuli, CEO, National Petroleum Authority of Ghana; and Ricardo Lara, State Senator for California

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