The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is a voluntary partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, businesses, scientific institutions and civil society organizations committed to protecting the climate and improving air quality through actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants.
Our network includes hundreds of partners and local actors carrying out activities across several economic sectors.
The Coalition helps partners and stakeholders create policies and practices that will deliver substantial short-lived climate pollutant reductions over the coming decades.
The Coalition uses four principal strategies – catalyze ambitious action, mobilize robust support, leverage finance at scale, and enhance science and knowledge – that in combination produce the two ingredients needed for action: political will and the capacity to deliver.
Short-lived climate pollutants - including black carbon, methane, hydrofluorocarbons, and tropospheric ozone – are powerful climate forcers with global warming potentials many times that of carbon dioxide. They also significantly impact food, water and economic security for large populations throughout the world, both directly through their negative effects on public health, agriculture and ecosystems, and indirectly through their impact on the climate.
The effects of short-lived climate pollutants represent a major development issue that calls for quick and significant global action. Measures to reduce short-lived climate pollutant emissions are often accessible and cost-effective, and if quickly implemented can:
- Avoid an estimated 2.4 million premature deaths from outdoor air pollution annually by 2030
- Prevent as much as 52 million tonnes of crop losses per year
- Slow the increase in global warming by as much as 0.6°C by 2050
- Prevent climate tipping points that can exacerbate long-term climate impacts and make adapting to climate change harder, especially for the poor and most vulnerable
We are at a critical point. There is a public health emergency from air pollution and a global climate crisis. In today’s world, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition is more needed than ever.
Our vision is an atmosphere that enables people and the planet to thrive – a stabilized climate with warming limited to 1.5ºC and drastically reduced air pollution.
The Coalition is a highly cooperative group led by state partners, working on voluntary actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. Our governance model distributes governing and advisory responsibility among several entities, reflecting the diversity of our partners and ensuring that we take informed actions and decisions.
Operations are supported by a secretariat that sits within UN Environment in Paris, France.
The Coalition’s activities are financed through a multi-donor trust fund administered through UN Environment. While governments are the core of the Coalition’s funding, contributions from the private sector and global community are encouraged.
More about the Coalition and our work:
An introductory brochure that describes the work and origins of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition....
Over the last year, the Coalition has increased high-level engagement and developed a robust framework for a multiple benefits pathway approach. Key results from our 11 initiatives are reflected...
In this document, the Coalition's guidelines and rules of engagement for Partners, Actors and Implementers are established, explaining roles and responsibilities of each entity.