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The Federal States of Micronesia joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in 2021, endorsing the CCAC's Framework and committing to action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants.
Although Micronesia's contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions is minimal, the country is faced with some of the most devasting impacts of climate change. For this reason, the government has been a longstanding advocate for climate action, especially through short-lived climate pollutant mitigation, to quickly reverse the effects of climate change.
“Working nationally, regionally, and globally with partners is not only helpful, but also critical to our country’s survival,” said Andrew Yatilman, Secretary of the Department of Environment, Climate Change & Emergency Management in a letter to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.
As the original proponent of the amendment to include HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) under the Montreal Protocol, which later became the Kigali Amendment, Micronesia understands the crucial importance of mitigating these short-lived pollutants to combat climate change.
Micronesia has committed to accelerating the HFC phasedown under the Kigali Amendment domestically and to helping other countries with implementation and continues to work under the Montreal Protocol to this end. Work underway in Micronesia includes a pilot training institute that prepares refrigeration and air conditioning technicians to work with new energy efficient and climate-friendly technologies. The country is also mobilizing financing under the Kigali Amendment to support more ambitious action.