Varawut Silpa-archa, Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, said that following an air pollution event in Bangkok in early 2019, which led to an $85 million loss for the Thai economy, Thailand would synergize its domestic air pollution and climate change actions.
“Time is running out,” Mr. Silpa-archa said. “Strong collaboration within our CCAC family is a key solution to scale-up actions to reduce air pollution and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.”
Germany announced that it would participate in the work on the CCAC's new Efficient Cooling Initiative and has earmarked a further 20 million euros for bilateral cooperation with partner countries, for the development of tailor-made solutions to reduce emissions and energy efficiency challenges in the sector.
Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, State Secretary for Environment, Conservation & Nuclear Safety, Germany said: “We want to play our part in ensuring that the initiated switch to climate-friendly refrigerants increases energy efficiency and thus at least mitigates the rising energy demand for air conditioning. Germany will continue to commit both funding and expertise to help secure the success of the coalition.”
Qu Dongyu, Director General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said: “The fight against climate change and hunger must be carried forward together. There are many practical options that improve resilience while reducing emissions in the agriculture, forest and land use and sector, and there are economic, environmental and social co-benefits that can accompany more ambitious immediate action.”
Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway said agriculture and food systems are key to solving a lot of air pollution and climate change issues: “We need to be able to produce food in ways that help us achieve the goals we need to reach. There are enormous economic benefits to transforming our food system. We need healthier diets with less meat and we need to work with agro-business to reduce methane emissions and forest destruction.”
Oil and Gas
Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, speaking on behalf of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) – a CEO led group of 13 oil and gas companies – encouraged countries to join the effort: “Reducing methane emissions to near zero continues to be a top priority for OGCI. Gas represents 22% of primary energy needs today, and its role is expected to continue to be central in meeting global energy demand in the next decades. To fully guarantee the benefits of the use of gas, this role has to go hand in hand with reducing its impact on global warming.”
Henrik Henriksson, CEO of Scania said: “We need to up the game and change quickly. We need to quickly transform away from fossil fuels to prevent both black carbon and CO2 emissions. Lets not wait for some silver bullet in future, lets act now.” Scania will initially focus on new forms of biofuels like gas from waste water and move toward improved electrification of vehicles.