CCAC Newsletter April 2024


The International Mother Earth Day on 22 April was a reminder that there is a lot we can do, as individuals, to tackle the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste.

"To preserve a livable planet, the world must phase out fossil fuels and commit to more ambitious national climate plans, especially from the biggest emitters. There isn't a moment to lose. We need urgent Climate Action to save our home and create a just, equitable, and sustainable future for all. " - From UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres' message on International Mother Earth Day. 

Upcoming Events

2024 M-RAP Virtual Workshop Series 

The Methane Roadmap Action Programme (M-RAP) built from the decade-long experience and methodology of the CCAC's National Planning process and support development and implementation of transparent and consistent national methane roadmaps.

This M-RAP NDC Enhancement webinar series provides countries with concrete and practical guidance for how to leverage the M-RAP methodology tools and resources of the CCAC to enhance their NDCs. Participants will also have the chance to learn from good practice examples provided by country representatives.  

The series consists of five virtual workshops between May and June 2024.

2 May 2024, 14:00-15:00 CEST - CCAC M-RAP Kick-off Workshop (Register here) 

16 May 2024, 14:00-15:00 CEST - Agricultural Methane - CCAC M-RAP NDC Enhancement Opportunities and Examples Workshop (Register here) 

30 May 2024, 14:00-15:00 CEST - Oil and Gas methane - CCAC M-RAP NDC Enhancement Opportunities and Examples Workshop (Register here) 

6 June 2024, 14:00-15:00 CEST - Natural Gas MRV - CCAC M-RAP Workshop (Register here)  

13 June 2024, 14:00-15:00 CEST - Waste Methane - CCAC M-RAP NDC Enhancement Opportunities and Examples Workshop (Register here)



Event: Sub-Regional Workshop on Integrated Planning for Climate and Air

-By Invitation Only-

The UNEP-convened Climate and Clean Air Coalition and the UNECE secretariat to the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention) are organising a 3-day Sub-regional Workshop on Integrated Planning for Climate and Air from 11-13 June 2024 in Astana, Kazakhstan. 

The primary purpose of this workshop is to encourage cross-sectoral conversation and generate concrete initiatives that cut across conventional barriers, allowing stakeholders to achieve significant progress toward sustainable development goals and international agreements commitments, including UNECE Air Convention and the Paris Agreement. Participants will engage in interactive conversations, exchange best practices, and gain practical knowledge of integrated planning methodologies and approaches.

News and updates

New Projects Projects to Advance National Policy and Mitigation Actions

In April we finalised the approval of 21 new projects to support State Partners in national policy and mitigation action on short-lived climate pollutants. The projects cover the cooling, agriculture, fossil fuels, heavy-duty vehicles and engines, household energy, waste, and national planning. 

You can see the full list of approved projects here, and find more details about them in our project portfolio page

CCAC Implementation Update

March and April saw six important project events across Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa.

Paraguay launched the CCAC-supported project ‘Technical Assistance for Regulating the Import of New and Used Vehicles’,  with the participation of the Minister of Environment Mr. Rolando de Barros, and Mr. Alberto Pacheco Capella, Head, UNEP Sub-Regional Office for the Southern Cone of Latin America.

Brazil launched its CCAC-supported transformative agriculture project on ‘Management of Animal Production Residues in Partnership with i17, Embrapa and MAPA. Nigeria launched its CCAC-supported project to ‘Reduce Open Field Burning’ in partnership with Self Help Africa /United for Purpose.  Zimbabwe launched a CCAC project on national planning.

Uganda launched a CCAC-supported project with International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis to support developing a strategy for organic waste management. 

Panama held a technical workshop for it’s project to “Deliver National Methane Roadmap and SLCP Roadmap Focused on Black Carbon” a workshop was held on March 7th in Panama city with stakeholders and partners to validate results of the Methane roadmap and the implementation roadmap of the SLCP National Plan.

Colombia hosted a workshop within the framework of the CCAC-supported project “Central America - Achieving air quality, climate, and health goals” to discuss with SICA countries about the model legislation on air quality and health and the air quality monitoring programme proposals.

Our Common Air issues a call for global collective action on air pollution.

Announced at COP28, the Our Common Air is a global commission of high-level government figures, renowned health experts, academics, and leading climate change specialists.

Our Common Air Commission sets out the critical importance of clean air initiatives in a new call to action. The document urges global financial institutions to invest more heavily in clean air programmes to generate climate, health and economic benefits. It also calls on global financial institutions to measure and better track the economic benefits that come from clean air, so that it is recognised as an asset for people and planet.

Read more here

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EU Parliament adopts revised law to improve air quality

Negotiators from the Parliament and Council reached a provisional political agreement on new measures to ensure air quality in the EU is not harmful to human health, natural ecosystems and biodiversity with the aim to eliminate air pollution by 2050.

The law now also has to be adopted by Council, before being published in the EU Official Journal and entering into force 20 days later. EU countries will then have two years to apply the new rules.

Read more here


Public Opinion Survey Conducted in 17 Countries Shows Overwhelming Belief in Climate Change, Support for Action to Reduce
Harmful Methane Gas Emissions

The first international poll on climate change and methane gas emissions commissioned by the Global Methane Hub (GMH) provides new insight into public support for solutions across 17 countries worldwide. The results show that the vast majority of respondents in the countries surveyed – 82% overall – support action to curb methane emissions. 

Read more here

Fmr New Zealand PM and Fmr WHO chief scientist: The World Bank and IMF must put a value on clean air

Air pollution is a ‘silent killer’, say a former New Zealand PM and former WHO chief scientist.

Despite the alarming statistics, air pollution has not received the attention it deserves. Because pollution is often invisible, it’s easy to take clean air for granted. For example, less than 1 per cent of international development funding currently goes to clean air projects. 

"Tackling air pollution will have benefits that go beyond cleaner air - boosting health, cutting emissions, accelerating technological development, enabling sustainable economic development, and reducing poverty and gender inequality."

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Air pollution climbs World Bank’s agenda, as $1 billion in financial guarantees pledged

The World Bank’s Spring Meetings showed signs that air pollution is moving up the bank’s and the world’s agenda. The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) announced $1 billion to de-risk air quality projects and encourage more investment in clean air.

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Ensuring safety and health at work in a changing climate - ILO

Different air pollutants increase global warming, and global warming in turn leads to the formation of air pollutants. Changes in the climate affect air quality via three pathways: outdoor air pollution, airborne allergens (aeroallergens) and indoor air pollution.

According to new ILO report, workers across all economic sectors and throughout the supply chain are constantly exposed to air pollution. Globally, over 1.6 billion workers spend most of their working hours outdoors and are continuously exposed to outdoor air pollution.108 Studies show that the increasing impact of climate change on levels of air pollutants will disproportionately impact outdoor workers with increased exposure to PM2.5, ozone and allergens. 

It is estimated that more than 860,000 workers die each year from occupational exposure to air pollutants, however this figure is likely to be much higher when also including indoor workers. Pollution of air at the workplace, either indoors in the work premises or during work outdoors, can cause a range of acute and chronic health impacts, including cancer, stroke, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease and other health issues.

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New User's Guide-Right to a Healthy Environment

Clean air is part of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Good news is that air pollution is not something we have to put up with as we develop and economies grow. It is a preventable problem. The solutions, technologies, policies, laws and standards are known. Many of the solutions which reduce super pollutants such as methane, black carbon and HFCs will pay a triple dividend by improving air quality, tackling the climate crisis and improving health and well-being.

We must in invest in cutting super pollutants. The new User's Guide-Right to a Healthy Environment by David R. Boyd, UN Special rapporteur on the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment helps us take action.

Read more here

March 2024 Announcements

Job Openings

CCAC National SLCP Coordinator Brazil

The CCAC Secretariat, UNEP, is seeking a National SLCP Coordinator in Brazil to coordinate SLCP activities at country level, facilitating inter-ministerial coordination and stakeholder engagement to advance the design, implementation and monitoring of short-lived climate pollutant mitigation (SLCP) policies and strategies in key sectors such as agriculture, waste, transport, and energy.

Click here for full details and to apply.

CCAC Technical SLCP Consultant Brazil

The CCAC Secretariat, UNEP, is seeking a Technical SLCP consultant in Brazil to carry out technical activities aimed at supporting MMA and MAPA in enhancing the design, implementation, and monitoring of policies and strategies to mitigate short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) within key sectors, with a primary focus on air pollution, agriculture, and waste management. 

Click here for full details and to apply.

Job Opening: CCAC National Agriculture Expert for Fiji

The CCAC National Agriculture Expert for Fiji will be responsible for providing support to the CCAC Focal Point at the Climate Change Division of the Office of the Prime Minister to ensure that activities aimed at the short-lived climate pollutants reduction in the agriculture sector are completed within timeline and in line with Fiji’s needs and priorities.

For full details and to apply click here.

2024 Call for Innovative Projects in SLCP Emitting Sectors

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition has launched a call for proposals to bridge critical information, implementation, and finance gaps in the sector to create enabling environments for SLCP mitigation. The call is open until April 30. Click here for full details.