Road to Paris: Coalition's contributions to COP21

by Kristine Smukste - 31 July, 2015
France, holding the Presidency for COP21, has invited the CCAC to support the Action Agenda.

In the lead-up to the 21st Climate Conference of the Parties to UNFCCC (COP-21) in Paris (December 2015) countries are focusing on finalizing a new climate agreement through negotiations. They are submitting intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and advancing their “pre-2020 ambitions” and actions. The latter is guided by the Lima-Paris Action Agenda, which aims to convene global, national and local leaders towards accelerated climate action, and to continue engagement with the private sector and other relevant key actors. It also includes efforts to assess the impact of collaborative action toward a below-2ºC goal and communicate the benefits of climate action for economic growth and sustainable development. 

The CCAC is well-placed to contribute to increased action that will help inform the climate talks throughout 2015. To deliver on that potential, the CCAC has identified outreach opportunities to raise awareness and spread knowledge of the near-term climate mitigation potential from implementing action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). The CCAC Communications Group, working in collaboration with France, Peru, the UNFCCC and the UN SG Climate Office, will explore opportunities for outreach in 2015 to showcase the multiple benefits of addressing SLCPs and ensure our messages reach broader audiences and stakeholders. The goal is to scale up action toward 2020 along with critical countries and private sector entities that commit to supporting actions to reduce SLCPs and continue expansion of the CCAC partner network. The Communication Plan outlining key milestones and subsidiary events can be downloaded here.

In addition, some CCAC partner countries have already started to include, or have expressed their intention to include, SLCP action in their INDCs, which are being prepared by parties to the UNFCCC in accordance with the agreement at COP19 and the Lima Call for Climate Action at COP20. The purpose is to add near-term climate actions as a complement to, not to distract from, CO2 emission mitigation. There are no restrictions on the scope of the INDCs that would impede inclusion of SLCPs such as black carbon and tropospheric ozone. HFCs and methane are already part of the UNFCCC gases on which countries can report. The CCAC Secretariat has therefore developed a Guidance Note that is intended to provide guidance to countries by identifying specific SLCP actions and measures that may be included in their INDCs, and by offering additional information regarding such actions and measures.

France, holding the Presidency for COP21, has invited the CCAC to support the Action Agenda. In this context, the CCAC is developing a special engagement package for cities that will focus on improving urban health, waste management, heavy-duty diesel transport and other sectors.The Road to Paris presents ample opportunities to increase the visibility of near-term action on SLCPs and to reap the benefits for climate, health, food security and sustainable development more broadly.