Over the last year the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) has demonstrated that it is a platform where partners from national and local governments, the private sector and international and non-governmental organizations can effectively work together to implement solutions, raise ambition, and increase knowledge to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). The Coalition’s latest Annual Report (September 2015 to August 2016) highlights the global efforts to reduce SLCPs over the past year.
The 2015-2016 year saw a number of key global milestones including the passing of the Paris Agreement following the COP21 meeting in Paris, the adoption of the 2030 global development agenda, and the passing of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal protocol to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
The Coalition’s participation in the Lima-Paris Action Agenda at COP21 launched commitments toward a Global Green Freight Action Plan, a HFC phase down in the commercial refrigeration sector, and methane reductions by cities in municipal solid waste management and in the operations of oil and gas companies. The coalition’s activities are relevant to 12 of the 17 Global Development Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and Coalition partners led a group calling for an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
Results from CCAC initiative activities also include:
- 7 new laws and regulations that support SLCP mitigation in the waste and transport sectors
- More than 15,000 tons of methane emissions reductions in the oil and gas sector
- Over $11 million of net income increase from changes in brick kiln technology and practices
- 300 government, intergovernmental, NGO and private institutions with improved capacity to address SLCP issues.
- BreatheLife, a World Health Organization, UN Environment and CCAC campaign was launched at Habitat III
- The first Integrated Assessment for SLCPs in Latin America and the Caribbean was launched at the UN Environment Assembly.
Since the last Annual Report (2014-2015) the Coalition has grown from 109 to 112 partners. New partners include the Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, and the Global Methane Initiative.
Marcelo Mena Carrasco, Chile’s Vice Minister for Environment and Co-Chair of the CCAC Steering Committee said the Coalition’s work is an excellent opportunity to engage developing countries that do not see themselves as major greenhouse gas polluters, and that face health issues associated to air pollution.
“Tackling short-lived climate pollutants allows direct action to protect human health today," Mr Mena said. “The Coalition allows partner members to share the most direct pathways for clean air and a safer climate, something that our children of today and tomorrow will thank us for.”
Rita Cerutti, Canada, Director International Affairs at Environment Canada and CCAC Co-Chair said over the last year the Coalition demonstrated that it is well on its way to meeting its priority objective of widespread adoption and implementation of policies, regulations and practices to substantially reduce SLCPs.
“It is clear that the engagement of all Partners continues to be crucial if we are to succeed in making action on SLCPs a policy priority,” Ms Cerutti said. “We need to continue to work together to implement solutions, increase knowledge and demonstrate that reducing short-lived climate pollutants are a fast, effective way to contribute to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement as well as the 2015 Development Agenda.”
Helena Molin Valdes, Head of the UN Environment hosted CCAC Secretariat, said last year’s results showed the Coalition is headed in the right direction by enhancing capacity for action and raising awareness on the impacts of short-lived climate pollutants and the solutions available to reduce them.
“We have increased political will at municipal, national and global levels and helped strengthen mitigation policies and practices,” Ms Molin Valdes said. “Our priorities for the coming years are all the more apparent. We will leverage more resources to support implementation at scale and advance regulatory policy on emission sources of short-lived climate pollutants. We will increase collaboration among peers and connect problems with solutions.”
The purpose of the Coalition is to substantially reduce emissions of black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) through being a catalyser for transformative actions, policies and regulations. The priorities are based on science, political feasibility and cost effectiveness.
This latest annual report is an overview of what the partners in the Coalition have achieved together during the last year. It also highlights global efforts to reduce short-lived climate pollutants between September 2015 and August 2016. It draws on progress reports from Lead Partners and implementers of the 11 Coalition initiatives, the Secretariat, as well as the ‘Partners in Action’ documentation provided by the Scientific Advisory Panel and partners.