Short-lived climate pollutants and the Covid-19 economic recovery

People walking to work in Tokyo, Japan

Actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) play an important role in economic recovery since they can deliver on immediate economic goals, including job creation, improved public health, and increased food security, and contribute to achieving longer-term climate and sustainable development goals.

These actions are also well within reach, with simple and affordable interventions like the widespread use of clean cookstoves, eliminating methane leaks from oil and gas production, or banning open agricultural burning.

The Coalition, through our work with countries and non-state partners to include measures to reduce short-lived climate pollutants in national planning and economic sectors, is helping create the conditions for a sustainable economic recovery. Our growing collection of COVID-19 resources for policymakers and practitioners provides guidance that can help countries address SLCPs in their recovery plans. These resources can be found in the link below.


New resource

Cover of the report:  Sustainable Cooling In Support Of A Resilient And Climate-Proof Recovery

Sustainable cooling in support of a resilient and climate-proof recovery

Cooling is a critical intervention area that can help serve short-term emergency needs and support long-term, sustainable economic recovery. A new brief presents how – in multiple critical economic sectors or systems – national governments can reorient public policy and include cooling in their recovery packages.

CCAC partners in action

Colombia landscape

Colombia’s NDC increases its 2030 climate change ambition

Colombia’s revised NDC aims to reduce greenhouse gases by 51% and black carbon emissions by 40% in 2030 compared to 2014 levels. The black carbon target ensures Colombia’s NDC will improve air quality, with important benefits for health.

SNAP meeting in Togo

How Togo is tackling air pollution and climate change 

Since joining the CCAC in 2014, Togo has developed and adopted a National Plan to address domestic SLCP emissions and realize co-benefits for agricultural productivity and health.

The White House

International environmental NGOs press Biden Administration for immediate action on SLCPs

Groups seek a commitment to  make mitigation of super pollutants a priority in all international consultations and negotiations that take place this year.

Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden's leadership on climate and clean air action

As one of the founding members of the CCAC, Sweden is a global leader on SLCP mitigation and a model for what robust domestic policies and a commitment to multilateral cooperation can achieve in a relatively short period of time.

Funding, jobs & events

Call for projects

NAMA Facility Ambition Initiative

The UK and German government, alongside the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), intend to commit EUR 174 million to the Ambition Initiative. The Ambition Initiative targets an even higher level of ambition than in previous Calls of the NAMA Facility - it will support countries to implement their enhanced NDCs, and build back greener as they recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ambition Initiative for NAMA Support Project Outlines is open until 31 May 2021.


Air Quality Analyst (India)

The UN Environment Programme is hiring a consultant to provide support for the implementation of India's National Clean Air Programme. This role will involve working in close consultation with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to assist with data collection, data analysis, interpretation and assessment writing. Apply by 28 February.


Workshop on a regulatory approach on leak detection and repair of methane emissions in the oil and gas sectors

16 March: The workshop aims to obtain stakeholder input for the preparation of the upcoming Commission proposal on EU legislation to measure and mitigate methane emissions in the energy sector to be adopted in Q4 2021.

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