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The Climate and Clean Air Coalition's (CCAC) official COP12 side event - titled ""Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) Delivers Quick results for Climate and Development"- took place on December 9, 2015. The event's main aim was to highlight the importance of SLCP reduction and the experience and challenges faced by some of the CCAC's public, private and insitutional partners in their efforts to reduce these dangerous air and climate pollutants. The side-event was an opportunity to hear from about motives to reduce SLCPs, the benefits from reduction activities, barriers overcome, and how countries, agencies and organisations are working together to scale efforts nationally and regionally.
The event was broken into three parts: The Scientific Rationale for Action, National Efforts to Reduce Black Carbon and Methane, and Transformative Action: Challenges and Cooperation to Assess and Implement SLCP Actions.
This section was presented by Drew Shindell, Professor of Climate Science at Duke University (USA) and Chair of the CCAC Scientific Advisory Panel. Professor Shindell presented the scientific arguement for SCLP reduction and the latest updates to our scientific knowledge. See his presentation below.
This panel focused on both the development considerations of SLCP reduction and regional collaboration in reduction activities. Cote d'Ivoire, discussed their activities and the role institutional reform plays in strengthening actions and results on SLCPs, while Uruguay and Peru discussed their efforts to reducing black carbon emissions from heavy diesel vehicles and how regional cooperation is benefiting national efforts and regional development objectives.
Video: Cote d'Ivoire
Monica Silva Gonzales, Technical Advisor on Environmental Quality with Peru’s Ministry of Environment, discussed Peru’s pilot program to install diesel particulate filters in buses. The main aim of the program is to reduce particulate matter emissions from public transport buses in the cities of Lima and Callao by installing filters and upgrading buses to meet Euro five standards.
Lima and Callao, population 10 million, were chosen because of the high impact on roughly one-third of the population of Peru and because of recent emissions improvements a 2012 law that regulates the content of sulphur in diesel. The City of Lima, together with the Mario Molina Centre in Chile and a private transport company, is in process of implementing the project. The plan is to scale up the project nationally following this initial pilot project.
Peru is looking to organise a sub-regional conference on the reduction of SLCPs. Cooperation between Uruguay, Peru and Chile will help create a regional momentum on black carbon emissions and improve networking.
(Video for Peru to follow shortly)
This panel looked at what it takes to transform polluting production - via the experience of Bangladesh in transforming its brick industry and how collaboration with experts and organisations like the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) can bring additional benefits to national and regional actions. Canada makes the argument for scaling up action through collaborative actions and investments and BSR advises participants on ways to actively involve the private sector in SLCP mitigation and rreduction activities.
Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies
Hanne Bjurstrom, Norway's Special Climate Envoy and Co-chair of the CCAC Steering Committee, provided an overall summary of the side event and urged countries to continue to take important action on SLCPs. "We as a coalition is showing the way of what we can do in the years before 2020," Ms Bjurstrom said. "Science has showed us that we need to reduce both CO2 and SLCPs if we to have a chance to stay below the 2 degree target".
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