Message from the Secretariat
Dear partners and colleagues,
The last month has helped increase global awareness of the need for climate and clean air and, through our Science Policy Dialogue, helped broaden our understanding of the opportunities and barriers of reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and black carbon emissions.
September 7th saw the global launch of the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. The CCAC Secretariat supported UNEP in the coordination of the day and used the opportunity to highlight the benefits of linking climate and air pollution mitigation. Launching the day, His Excellency, Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea called for increased international cooperation on climate and the environment and said Korea would “strengthen policy measures to reduce greenhouse gases and fine dust [PM2.5] simultaneously”.
Last week the Coalition’s Scientific Advisory Panel hosted a virtual Science Policy Dialogue focused on raising mitigation ambition to reduce black carbon and HFCs emissions by 2030. The opportunities and challenges presented will help shape the priorities for the Coalition’s emerging 2030 Strategy, to support all partners achieve their climate and clean air goals and ensure that policies are informed by the best science.
The discussion on HFCs showed the world is on its way to reducing HFCs through the Kigali Amendment but there is room for increased ambition. Greater climate benefits can be achieved in the short-term through a faster phase down, while also ensuring proper life-cycle management and destruction of HFCs currently in existence. There is huge opportunity to bring alternative cooling technology to fast growing markets and, by ensuring these new products are as energy efficient as possible, we can double the climate benefits of action. Solar based cooling for farmers may become one such new area to improve cold chains and reduce food loss.
Black carbon emissions have fallen over the last eight years as countries and industry move away from polluting technologies in certain sectors like passenger and heavy-duty vehicles. More countries are also moving to reduce air pollution to protect health and deliver near-term climate co-benefits. However, we now understand better the regional climate impacts from black carbon, and the health impact from indoor air pollution caused by burning biomass. This urges us to take further actions to reduce emissions from sources, like waste and agriculture burning, household energy and flaring. Recent wildfires in Australia, Siberia and California show that natural, but human-influenced, sources of black and brown carbon are becoming more problematic.
We encourage you to check out the Science Policy Dialogue recording and supporting materials below to find out more.
Helena Molin Valdes
Head of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition secretariat
Togo’s Minister of Environment endorses first National Plan to Reduce Air Pollutants and Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
The plan's 11 mitigation measures could reduce emissions of health-damaging fine particulate matter by over 45% in 2030 and reduce Togo’s contribution to climate change.
First International Day for Clean Air calls for decisive global action to beat air pollution
The International Day of Clean Air for blue skies stressed the urgent need to raise public awareness and to facilitate actions to improve air quality.
Achieving Africa’s development in a way that limits air pollution and climate change
A new regional assessment will bring together scientists, policy leaders and practitioners to consider the continent’s rapid development, and the associated air pollution challenges and climate risks.
Waste Not: The Heavy Toll Of Our Trash
Holistic action is needed to address the world's growing waste. The CCAC works to capture and use landfill gas, prevent open burning of waste, and divert organic waste from dumpsites, altogether.
Reliability matters: Achieving affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030
Improving access to reliable energy sources for cooking is essential for reducing the adverse human health and environmental impacts caused by burning of traditional fuels.
Resources & tools
The CCAC's Scientific Advisory Panel hosted its second virtual Science Policy Dialogue on Monday, 28 September 2020, under the theme "Catalyzing 2030 Mitigation Ambition – HFCs."...
The CCAC's Scientific Advisory Panel hosted its third virtual Science Policy Dialogue on Tuesday, 29 September 2020, under the theme "Catalyzing 2030 Mitigation Ambition – Black...
The Solid Waste Emissions Estimation Tool (SWEET) is an Excel-based tool that quantifies emissions of methane, black carbon, and other pollutants from sources in the municipal solid waste sector....
This document presents introductory guidance on a pragmatic, integrated approach to identifying, evaluating, and advancing cost-effective, high-impact opportunities to manage greenhouse gas (GHG)...
New Research Shows Disproportionate Rate of Coronavirus Deaths in Polluted Areas
Climate-Friendly Cooling Can Slow Global Warming
China’s Pledge to Be Carbon Neutral by 2060: What It Means
New York Times
Accra’s steps toward clean air: The Essence of the Urban Health and Short-lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Reduction Project
Funds, grants & awards
Call for projects: Sustainable refrigeration and air-conditioning
The French Facility for Global Environment call for projects is aimed at supporting innovations in “Sustainable refrigeration and air-conditioning” in developing countries. The French Facility will contribute between €500,000 and €3,000,000 per project. Call closes October 16, 2020.
Understanding the Potential Interaction Between Chronic Household Air Pollution Exposure and COVID-19 in LMICs
The Clean Cooking Alliance has issued this RFP to solicit proposals to advance research on the interaction between chronic HAP exposure and COVID-19 in the community or clinical settings. Proposals are due by October 14, 2020.