About the national planning hub

The CCAC’s seven Hubs address agriculture, cooling, fossil fuel, heavy-duty vehicles, household energy, waste and national planning. Through these Hubs, the CCAC aims to advance action on SLCPs mitigation in key sectors. For more information about the Hubs, visit the About the Hubs page.

The National Planning Hub brings together governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations along with private sector leaders to scale up action in a coordinated and prioritized way. This includes helping countries assess their emissions and mitigation options to respond in a more prioritised, targeted and cost-effective manner and address the challenges to implementation.

Reducing SLCP emissions through national planning

Emissions of short-lived climate pollutants - such as black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - and associated emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants are harming millions of people around the world through their direct and indirect impacts on human health, agriculture, ecosystems, and the climate.

Compelling scientific evidence indicates that fast action to control these pollutants can deliver substantial climate and air quality benefits. Achieving these would require action at the national scale, where decisions are often made.

Top facts

Total deaths caused by air pollution in the 14 SNAP countries = 426,976 premature deaths
Total crop yield loss 2,110,000 tonnes (or 2.1 million tonnes) from 14 countries caused by ozone pollution
16 measures targeting Black Carbon and Methane implemented fully in all countries of the globe can avoid 0.5 degrees warming by 2050


The National Planning Hub is co-led by Cote d’Ivoire and United States. Co-leadership by countries ensures government engagement and ownership of the solutions. Co-leads provide valuable insights into the policy process to help ensure implementation is practical from a national perspective.

The National Planning Leadership Group consists of both state and non-state members that provide guidance and expertise, and connect the Hub to activities underway beyond the CCAC.

  • States: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, European Commission, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan
  • Non-States: CCAP, Clean Air Asia, CATF, IGSD, IUAPPA, IASS, IGES, Molina Center, NDC Partnership, SEI, UNDP, UN-Habitat, Vital Strategies, WHO, WHO/PAHO, WRI


By 2030, all CCAC State Partners have further integrated air quality and climate planning and have implemented SLCP mitigation actions. This should occur in ways that complement and reinforce major efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and achieve multiple benefits. 

By 2025, all CCAC state partners will have undertaken steps and aspire to achieve the following:

  • developed, prioritized and endorsed SLCP mitigation strategies and/or plans consistent with their commitments to support global climate goals and national air quality standards, including estimates of cost and benefits and implementation and finance plans for mitigation measures;
  • included SLCP mitigation priorities in their national climate plans and/or other relevant national air quality or development plans, policies, and reports and into national and sub-national policymaking;

  • demonstrated/documented that integrated climate and air quality plans are under implementation;

  • developed institutionalized monitoring of implementation of planned SLCP measures and measurement and reporting systems that can track progress in taking action and reducing emissions and impacts.

Steps required to support the achievement of the 2025 milestones above:

  • prepare up-to-date, nationally endorsed, regularly updated emission inventories informing and monitoring implementation of SLCP mitigation actions;
  • prepare emissions projections for at least 2030, 2040 and 2050;
  • assess implementation pathways and engagement of implementation facilitators (i.e. sectoral hubs, funding mechanisms at national/international level, relevant national entities) and promote linkages within and between relevant government ministries;
  • document mitigation actions compatible with Paris Agreement and references to equitable access to sustainable development, eradication of poverty and safeguarding food security, and with a 1.5°C pathway as appropriate, explaining how they consider that this will help to put the world on this pathway.

2025 Milestones for ODA-Eligible Countries

The CCAC through the Strategic SLCP planning, policy and implementation and the sectoral hubs will support Official Development Assistance (ODA)-eligible countries with the aim of achieving the following by 2025:

  • At least half of the ODA-eligible CCAC state partners have SLCP mitigation implementation plans and/or have included SLCP mitigation as part of a climate or clean air plan and contributing to their development priorities – these should be integrated and adopted in national political processes, considering how measures are to be financed and implemented – and have the institutional capacity for implementation.

  • At least half of the ODA-eligible CCAC state partners actively engage with the relevant stakeholders in the country involved in the implementation and funding of mitigation actions, and ensure that the plans to address SLCPs are fully integrated with relevant national plans, policies and strategies (e.g. climate, air quality, agriculture, economic, development, etc.).

  • All ODA-eligible CCAC state partners that have requested support in the planning process (i.e. development of integrated climate and air pollution emission inventories for historical years; development of baseline and mitigation scenarios to inform mitigation strategy development and to identify action; capacity building to understand the multiple benefits of taking action) and with identified SLCP mitigation priorities, have received technical, financial, or other support, as applicable, have identified and prepared funding applications/proposals for national and international funding including with the support of sectoral hubs. The Hub will identify how to increase the rate of delivery of these plans as compared to 2012-2020. 

Subnational 2025 Milestones 

  • By 2025, at least 20 countries have alignment between national climate and clean air plans and sub-national plans, and implement those plans coherently/complementarily; at least 20 sub-national authorities have developed SLCP mitigation plans and are implementing priority mitigation measures.

Action to achieve these goals:

  • The CCAC will increase the engagement of its state and non-state partners to provide mentoring and knowledge exchanges between countries, as well as to ramp up the dissemination of guidance tools and resources for national SLCP planning and policies.
  • CCAC state and non-state partners will also provide capacity building on key aspects of SLCP planning and implementation, including: technical assessment of SLCP emissions; identification, evaluation and prioritization of SLCP mitigation measures, implementation pathways and resource mobilization.
  • The National Planning Hub will coordinate its activities closely with those of the Sectoral Hubs (see Annex 2) to allow for continuity from national planning to sectoral action.
  • The Hub will engage early on in countries’ SLCP planning processes with the sectoral hubs to support the implementation of the plans. Engagement of sectoral hubs will also be sought to provide more details to the plans based on their technical expertise.  Sectoral hubs will play a key role in advising and supporting on the issue of the barriers to delivering and implementing those policies that have been identified as priorities.
  • The Scientific Advisory Panel will: i) help prioritize key countries, sectors and pollutants, ii) share knowledge, assessments and tools of relevance to national planning and policy; iii) review technical outputs; iv) keep the coalition and the Hub abreast of relevant scientific findings and new developments; v) advise on needs for further scientific investigation; and vi) discuss questions from national stakeholders and foster science policy linkages at science-policy dialogues.


Location of activities

  • Africa
    • Benin
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Congo (Kinshasa)
    • Eswatini
    • Ethiopia
    • Gabon
    • Ghana
    • Guinea
    • Ivory Coast
    • Kenya
    • Liberia
    • Mali
    • Morocco
    • Nigeria
      • Lagos
    • Togo
      • Lome
    • Uganda
    • Zimbabwe
  • Asia and the Pacific
    • Bangladesh
    • Cambodia
      • Phnom Penh
    • India
    • Maldives
      • Male, Maldives
    • Mongolia
    • Pakistan
    • Philippines
    • Thailand
  • Europe
    • Moldova
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Argentina
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Costa Rica
    • Dominican Republic
    • El Salvador
    • Mexico
    • Panama
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Uruguay
  • North America
    • Mexico
  • West Asia
    • Jordan

Description of activities

Workstream | National Planning and Policy
Regional cooperation is essential to raise ambition and scale up short-lived climate pollutant mitigation actions. Since 2012, the Coalition’s SNAP initiative has supported regional workshops that...
Workstream | National Planning and Policy
The lack of quantitative data can impede efforts to make the case for action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. The Coalition’s SNAP Initiative has developed a suite of tools to help countries...
Workstream | National Planning and Policy
The major health, climate, crop yield and ecosystem benefits of short-lived climate pollutant mitigation that have been identified in global assessments will only be achieved through widespread and...
Workstream | Health, National Planning and Policy
The health benefits from policies to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) include fewer premature deaths from air pollution-related diseases, as well as a reduction in car traffic and related...
Doctor in Ghana
Activity | National Planning and Policy
Liberia | Ongoing
This project responds to the request by Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency for services to develop a national methane roadmap that informs the implementation of its NDC. * National methane...

Achievements to date

Since 2013, the Coalition has developed a methodology and set of tools to support countries in short-lived climate pollutant planning efforts. Key achievements include:

  • Activities and progress in 27 countries
  • 16 countries developing national plans on short-lived climate pollutants, including endorsement of those plans in 8 countries who are now moving towards implementation
  • 18 countries participated in training to develop integrated inventories of greenhouse gases, short-lived climate pollutants and air pollutants. Inventory reports for 10 countries were finalized.
  • Environment ministries in 22 countries have received or are receiving institutional strengthening support to enhance SLCP action
  • 7 major regional meetings on SLCP mitigation in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East and North Africa regions
  • 15 knowledge resources developed, including the internationally recognised tool, LEAP-IBC, used in 15 countries to estimate the air pollution and climate impact benefits of mitigation strategies
  • 2 guidelines for developing countries interested in carrying out national SLCP planning process and including SLCPs and air pollution benefits in their Nationally Determined Contribution
  • 3,208 person-days of training delivered through 42 training events such as national LEAP-IBC trainings and consultations, regional and global peer exchange workshops


Seraphine Haeussling,
Programme Management Officer
secretariat [at] ccacoalition.org

Partners & Actors


2021 | Scientific Publications

Few challenges pose a greater threat to a healthy planet and people than air pollution and climate change. Over the past three decades, research has demonstrated that integrated solutions to air...

One Atmosphere: Integrating Air Pollution and Climate Policy and Governance
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