The Coalition will identify where quick results are readily achievable before 2030 and prioritize areas of action. This includes increased outreached to the private sector and wider public, creating a pipeline of finance ready projects, and strengthening collaboration with other partnerships and networks. Many of these activities need to happen in the first half of the next decade in order to have impact by 2030.
Coalition initiatives also met to improve their overarching strategic directions to increase their urgency and ambition and increase the speed and impact of their actions. Initiative lead partners presented an overview of their objectives, achievements, challenges and opportunities and discussed where there could be better linkages between initiatives.
A task team was formed to develop and take the Coalition’s Strategic Vision to the Coalition’s High-Level Assembly, in New York this September.
Johan Kuylenstierna, Research Leader at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and member of the CCAC Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP), presented the latest science to the Working Group. This include a briefing on the IPCC special report Global Warming of 1.5˚C, the pathway methodology, and a short-lived climate pollutant regional breakdown.
On the IPCC report the SAP emphasised that while there are many different paths that can be taken to reach the 1.5˚C global temperature target, the world must follow a low- or no-temperature overshoot pathway to achieve both the target and the sustainable development goals. According to the report this means that by 2030 we must reduce methane by 37%, black carbon by 35%, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 70-80%. The CCAC can achieve this and more. The short-lived climate pollutant measures the Coalition is working on will be able to deliver by 2030: all methane mitigation, and substantially more with new research into reducing agricultural methane; 60-80% reductions in black carbon emissions; and a 90% reduction in HFC emissions.
Air pollution, climate mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development are closely linked, the SAP recommends countries develop an integrated approach, using the CCAC’s “multiple benefits pathway framework”, to identify strategies that maximize synergies and avoid negative trade-offs. This will help decision-makers compare the impacts and benefits of policies and measures, reduce the costs of achieving climate and sustainable development goals, and increase the social, institutional, and economic feasibility of additional necessary actions.