“Reducing SLCPs is not just about small quick fixes but also about a broader measures for sustainable development. In the last few decades Sweden has moved from using fossil fuels to heat houses. Waste for district heating has contributed a lot. Since 1990 emissions of methane from waste has decreased 70% and emissions of greenhouse gases from heating of homes and commercial buildings has decreased by almost 90%, reducing our emissions of both carbon dioxide and short-lived climate pollutants.”
Maria Krautzberger, President of the German Environment Agency said: “Germany agrees with the Bonn Communiqué and its focus on municipal waste. We would like to highlight that diverting organic waste from landfills is an important part of the communique. Our goal should be to set up integrated solid waste management, which will also bring health and economic benefits. We also believe that food waste reduction, including prevention, is important.”
The Communiqué also commended the countries that have ratified the Kigali Amendment and encouraged all countries and partners to continue efforts to reduce these pollutants and welcomed complementary efforts to support increased energy efficiency in cooling appliances.
Just over $7 million in new pledges to the Coalition’s trust fund was made during the High Level Assembly including contributions from Switzerland, Japan, Norway, Walloon Region of Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Yasuo Takahashi, Japan’s Vice Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, pledged $2.5 million for CCAC activities and noted that Japan would continue to promote SLCP reduction and share best practices and lessons learned in the municipal solid waste sector.
Marc Chardonnens, Switzerland, Secretary of State, pledged CHF 3.6 Million for the next four years 2018-2021 (approximately $1 million each year), saying that it was important because the Coalition is a good model that shows what works in terms of cost and efficiency. “With reasonable and sensible commitments, we can do a lot of the health of humanity,”Mr Chardonnens said.
Nine new partners have joined the Coalition since the last High Level Assembly in Marrakech. They are: Belgium, Congo, Costa Rica, ECOWAS, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Vietnam, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Resources Institute.
Jean-Luc Crucke, Walloon Region Minister of Budget, Finance, Energy, Climate and Airports said, “Belgium is proud to join the CCAC. We will take ambitious actions to fight short-lived climate pollutants at the regional and national level. We have three main regions and we’re really impressed by the vision and actions taken by this Coalition. The latest UN Emissions Gap Report shows us that SLCPs can help us attain the Paris target together with reducing carbon dioxide.”
Andre Weidenhaupt, Premier Conseiller, auprès du Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures - Département de l’Environnement, Luxembourg said: “We are proud to be a new member. Luxembourg will deliver its ratification tool for the Kigali Amendment by next Tuesday at the latest, and are coordinating with other European Union colleagues to do the same. Rest assured we will do it. We have also banned the open air incineration of waste in landfills and introduced waste composting systems.”
Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute (WRI) said: “Most of the warming to date has come from short-lived climate pollutants and we are happy to have joined with the CCAC to address this in a serious ways. We will work on the greenhouse gas protocol where we will continue to give high priority to methane and HFCS. And our offices around the world will redouble their efforts to work on these issues. We will also see SLCPs as a very promising area to enhance Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The NDC partnership will give high priorities to these issues. Implementation now is important and we will work closely with all of you to implement SLCP reduction.”