CCAC Newsletter June 2024

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This month, we are pleased to share with you the latest news from the Partnership, as well as information on opportunities for engagement and support. 

Speech 

From problem to solution: waste management can help address triple planetary crisis

Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Inger Andersen delivered a speech on the role of waste management at the International Forum on Green World Solidarity in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Waste management is also causing an increase in methane emissions. The waste sector now accounts for 20% of all anthropogenic methane emissions. For the 150 plus countries that have committed to reducing methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030, addressing landfills that are emitting methane emissions – and will do for decades to come without action – is critical.

Read full remarks here.

Upcoming Events

July 5: International Zero Waste Cities Conference and the Methane Action and Environmental Justice Summit

CCAC partner GAIA is organising two significant events in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: the International Zero Waste Cities Conference, co-hosted with local member Nipe Fagio, from July 2-4, 2024, followed by the Methane Action and Environmental Justice Summit on July 5, 2024.

Full information here.

10-11 July: World Biogas Summit

The World Biogas Summit will bring together industry leaders and NGOs from around the world for three days of discussions and networking.

Registration and programme here.

11 July: Spotlighting Cost-Effective and Scalable Solutions to Reduce Methane in the Agriculture Sector

At this event, leading countries in the UNEP-convened Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) will launch an agriculture sector brief on ‘Scaling under-financed SLCP mitigation solutions: driving innovation and technology in the agriculture sector.’ The brief is the first of its kind, developed under the leadership of Ireland and Senegal as the co-chairs of the CCAC’s new Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (CCAC-TEAP).

The event will gather national government representatives, sector experts, and finance stakeholders to share motivations, experiences, and challenges in addressing super pollutants from agriculture, and to make a call to action for enhanced ambition across sectors.

Register here.

12 July: Youth Action for Climate and Clean Air Now

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in partnership with Children and Youth Major Group to UNEP (CYMG), Fast Action on Climate to Ensure Intergenerational Justice (FACE), NDC Partnership, OpenAQ, and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) recognize the crucial role that young people play in addressing climate change and air pollution.

 

As part of CCAC’s commitment to engaging and empowering youth, CCAC launched a Youth Engagement Strategy last year to empower young people to reduce super pollutants and improve air quality globally.


This webinar is designed to engage, educate, and empower young people to act on SLCPs and air quality. By bringing together youth leaders, experts, and advocates, we aim to foster a collaborative environment where innovative ideas and practical solutions can be shared.

Register here.

8-12 July: Clean-Air Forum 2024

The 2024 edition of the CLEAN-Air engagement brings together communities of practice in Africa to promote knowledge sharing, collaborations and multi-regional partnerships that particularly emphasise the need to strengthen regional networks for sustained interventions.

More information here

7-12 July: (OEWG46) 46th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The forty-sixth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (OEWG46) and the seventy-second meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol (ImpCom72)  will be held in Montréal, Canada.

ImpCom72 will be held on Sunday, 7 July 2024, starting at 10 a.m. and will conclude on the same day. Participation in the meeting is limited to invited participants who are members of the Implementation Committee, invited representatives of the secretariat of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, representatives of the implementing agencies of the Multilateral Fund, and other invited observers.


Register here.

8 July: OEWG46 Side Event - Cooling in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

Since 2016, the number of countries including HFCs in their NDC GHG mitigation target has more than doubled, from 51 to 105. Nearly 90% of the parties that include HFCs in their NDC target also have ratified the Kigali Amendment. Despite the commitment to phase down HFCs, only 17 countries include a specific HFC target or assessment of mitigation potential. This side event of OEWG46 will invite experts and countries on How to Include Targeted Cooling Measures to Support countries' NDCs Economy-Wide Target.

Read more here

11 July: OEWG46 Side Event - Setting the Path Forward Towards Environmentally Responsible Vehicle Thermal Management with Future Fluids and System Designs, Including Professional Service Practices and Equipment

Future mobility is well on its way towards electric vehicles, which don’t have the ability to generate their own heat like an internal combustion engine. Current heating options reduce driving range (negating some of the environmental benefits of EVs) leading us to look at alternative vehicle thermal management system designs.

This includes the best fluids to use to provide both heating and air conditioning at optimal efficiency. This side event will present an affordable path forward for Article 5 Parties to implement sustainable refrigerants and reversable heat pump systems for electric vehicles with even more environmentally friendly refrigerants.

Read more here.

12 July: OEWG46 Side Event - Opportunities to Supply Superior Technology in Markets to Combat/Prevent Inefficient Cooling Appliances Using Obsolete Refrigerants

This side event will explore shared importer and exporting Party responsibility to find solutions to stop the dumping of inefficient cooling equipment containing obsolete refrigerants.

Read more here.

July 11: Coal Mine Methane - CCAC M-RAP NDC Enhancement Opportunities and Examples Workshop

This webinar, co-organised with The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and The Global Methane Initiative (GMI), will focus on opportunities and examples for enhancing inclusion of methane in NDC’s in the coal mining sector.

Register here

News and Updates

News: Air Pollution Accounted for 8.1 Million Deaths Globally In 2021, Becoming the Second Leading Risk Factor for Death, Including for Children Under Five

A comprehensive new report has detailed the health impacts of air pollution, which has moved ahead of tobacco and poor diet as a risk factor for death.

The report, released by the Health Effects Institute (HEI), an independent U.S.-based nonprofit research organization, found air pollution accounted for 8.1 million deaths globally in 2021. Beyond these deaths, many more millions of people are living with debilitating chronic diseases, putting tremendous strains on health care systems, economies, and societies.

Read more here.

News: Central Asia Advancing Integrated Climate and Clean Air Planning Ahead of COP29

The Sub-Regional Workshop on Integrated Planning for Climate and Air, co-hosted by the UNEP-convened Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and secretariat to the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention), brought together Government stakeholders from across Central Asia to promote knowledge-sharing and capacity-building, setting the stage for informed decision-making and impactful climate and clean air action on the path to COP29.

Read more here

News: Global Gas Flaring Jumps to Highest Level since 2019

In 2023, the amount of gas flared worldwide rose by nine billion cubic meters (bcm) to 148 bcm, its highest level since 2019. The increase resulted in an additional 23 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, an amount similar to adding about five million cars to the roads, finds new satellite data compiled by the World Bank's Global Flaring and Methane Reduction (GFMR) Partnership.

Read more here.

News: UNEP Executive Director announces Azerbaijan as World Environment Day 2026 hosts

Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Inger Andersen praised Azerbaijan for stepping up to lead global efforts to address the climate crisis as COP29 hosts and met with Minister Mukhtar Babayev and the COP29 team to discuss priorities for negotiations later this year in Baku.

Read more here

News: Collaborative Efforts to Reduce Methane Emissions in Iraq

Under the framework of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the International Energy Agency (IEA) hosted Iraq’s Ministry of Oil and Ministry of Environment at their offices together with Clean Air Task Force (CATF), Carbon Limits, and UNEP’s International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) on the 28th and 29th of May to discuss ways to drive down methane emissions in the oil and gas sector.

Read more here

News: EU Methane Regulation to reduce harmful emissions from fossil fuels in Europe and abroad

The first-ever EU rules to curb methane emissions from the energy sector in Europe and across the globe have become legislation today. This adoption marks another step in the implementation of the European Green Deal and REPowerEU. It shows Europe’s determination to tackle harmful emissions at home and internationally.

 

Read more here

News: EPA, DOE Announce $850 Million to Reduce Methane Pollution from the Oil and Gas Sector

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy announced that applications are open for $850 million in federal funding for projects that will help monitor, measure, quantify and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors

Read more here.

Event Recordings
What Next?: Delivering the vision from the IEA Summit on Clean Cooking in Africa
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Update: National Planning Hub Meeting - June 18
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Waste Methane - CCAC M-RAP NDC Enhancement Opportunities and Examples Workshop
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Oil and Gas Methane - NDC Enhancement Opportunities and Examples Workshop
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Agricultural Methane - CCAC M-RAP NDC Enhancement Opportunities and Examples Workshop
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Publications

 

Publication: State of Global Air Report 2024

The State of Global Air 2024 reports provides a comprehensive analysis of data for air quality and health impacts for countries around the world. The analysis finds that:

  • Air pollution accounted for 8.1 million deaths globally in 2021, becoming the second leading risk factor for death, including for children under five years. Of the total deaths, noncommunicable diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) account for nearly 90% of the disease burden from air pollution.
  • In 2021, more than 700,000 deaths in children under 5 years were linked to air pollution; this represents 15% of all global deaths in children under five.

Read more here.

Publication: Benefits of Integrating Black Carbon into Enhanced NDCs

Cutting black carbon emissions is critical for averting near-term warming, supporting adaptation and promoting climate-resilient development. This policy brief gives governments guidance to integrate black carbon into their enhanced climate plans or nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

Read more here.

Publication: 2024 Global Gas Flaring Tracker Report

The increase in gas flaring in 2023 has highlighted the need for oil producers to accelerate efforts to end routine flaring and minimize methane emissions from oil and gas operations. The report emphasizes the importance of transparent, accurate reporting on flaring and methane emissions, the implementation of low-emission technologies for flare systems, and a shift in attitudes and policies to treat associated gas as a resource rather than a byproduct.

Read more here.

Publication: Provincial Clean Air Action Plans as Mechanisms for Advancing SLCP Mitigation in Pakistan

The Pakistan Clean Air Policy (PCAP) was initiated by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environmental Coordination (MoCC&EC) and endeavoured to develop specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound targets for improving air quality in the country. The PCAP updating process highlighted the need for an emission inventory that will not only help in the development of a roadmap for short-,medium-, and long-term action plans but also track the implementation of PCAP targets.

Read more and download the brochure here

Publication: Recycle Organics Publishes New Report on Organic Waste Management Initiatives

Recycle Organics' first new report provides valuable insights into large-scale composting, home composting and anaerobic digestion, along with practical recommendations for implementing these sustainable organic waste management project that help countries and communities reduce methane emissions from the waste sector.

Read more and download the report here

Publication: Sustainable Solutions - Incentives for Promoting Organic Waste Source Separation

Recycle Organics' second new report showcases adaptable and innovative organic waste management incentives to promote and encourage sustainable solutions for managing organic waste. The report analyses successful case studies from LAC countries and communities that can be replicated across the region and beyond, creating incentives for organic waste source separation, such as creating a social currency through waste and compost and developing award systems and programs through practicing sustainable waste management.

Read more and download the report here

Opportunities

Job Opening: CCAC Junior Finance and Budget Management Specialist

The CCAC Secretariat, UNEP, is seeking a junior professional to support the financial management of the CCAC Trust Fund and grants. This role will specifically include administrative processes related to grant management, finance and budget management and financial reporting, including through the UN Secretariat’s SAP system Umoja.

Click here for full details and to apply.

Job Opening: CCAC Project Management Specialist

The CCAC Secretariat, UNEP, is seeking a Project Management Specialist to support the development, coordination, and management of CCAC-funded projects.

Click here for full details and to apply.

 Job Opening: Support Services Associate - Maternity cover (Homebased position)

The CCAC Secretariat is seeking a “Project and operations management support expert” to facilitate travel arrangements, meeting/workshop organization and procurement. Additional/related tasks would include support for: management of CCAC projects (via implementing partner or consultancy contracts); reporting; plus ad hoc tasks. The expert will work closely with the CCAC Secretariat team, and provide project and operations support through processes followed by UNEP and UNOPS.

Click here for full details and to apply.

 Job Opening: CCAC National SLCP Consultant for Colombia

The CCAC National SLCP Consultant for Colombia will be responsible for providing support to the CCAC Focal Point at support the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development to support Colombia’s SLCP agenda and to follow up the implementation of the CCAC supported projects, in line with Colombia’s needs and priorities. All deliverables are to be validated by the CCAC Secretariat.

Click here for full details and to apply.

 Job Opening: CCAC National Project Coordinator for Zimbabwe

The CCAC National Project Coordinator for Zimbabwe will be responsible for providing support to the CCAC Focal Point at the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Wildlife to support Zimbabwe’s SLCP agenda and to ensure that the CCAC supported projects are completed within timeline and in line with Zimbabwe’s needs and priorities. All deliverables are to be validated by the CCAC Secretariat.

Click  here  for full details and to apply.