CCAC Newsletter May 2024

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May was an important moment for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition as our board members met in Tokyo, Japan to plan further action on super pollutants.  

The Board Meeting brought together the CCAC Board as the strategic, decision-making body of the Coalition, to discuss updates on Coalition activities, make recommendations on work plans and budgets as well as make decisions on the use of the Trust Fund, among other topics.

We also saw important developments from our partners across the world in both projects and events advancing SLCP action. Read on below to learn more.
 

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.

Previous Sessions

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

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

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

Upcoming Sessions

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.

 


Event: 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.

To register and see the full programme click here.

 


Event: 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.

For full information click here.
 


Event: Clean-Air Forum 2024, Lagos, Nigeria

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.

For more information visit the AirQo website here
 

 

News and updates

News: World Health Organization Member States to adopt Resolution on Climate Change and Health

CCAC partners Netherlands and Peru have led the push for the adoption of a resolution at the World Health Assembly 77 to clearly state that climate change is a major threat to global public health, and set out a framework to promote health and build climate-resilient and sustainable health systems. The resolution demonstrates increasing political commitment by governments and WHO to scale up climate action as a public health priority.

Read more here.

News: Launch of Agroecology and Circular Economy for Ecosystem Services (ACE4ES) Project

The Agroecology and Circular Economy for Ecosystem Services (ACE4ES) project is pleased to announce its official launch, a momentous step towards fostering sustainable agriculture in Africa. Led by the CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), in collaboration with partners including AfricaRice, Youth Initiative for Land in Africa (YILAA), and Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), this pioneering initiative aims to combat Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) from rice and maize production through innovative agroecology and circular economy technologies. The ACE4ES project unites a diverse consortium of stakeholders, comprising researchers, policymakers, farmers, private sector partners, and civil society organizations, all dedicated to addressing climate change and advancing sustainable food systems.

Read more here

 

News: Training Workshop on Vehicle Emission Inspection and Fuel Quality Monitoring Boosts Environmental Efforts in Cambodia

From May 8th to May 10th, 2024, a training workshop was held at the Directorate General of Consumer Protection Competition and Fraud Repression, alongside the Himawari Hotel, marking a pivotal step in Cambodia's environmental endeavors. The workshop, part of the CCAC-supported project in Cambodia, aimed at implementing improved vehicle emission standards in the country, moving towards Euro 4/IV and laying the groundwork for Euro 6/VI standards. 

News: Brazil Approves National Air Quality Management System (MonitoAr)

Brazil is ramping up efforts to improve air quality management, recognizing its detrimental effects on public health, the environment, and the economy.

A significant stride in this direction is the recently approved National Air Quality Management System (MonitoAr), implemented and maintained by the MMA. MonitoAr provides real-time air quality information to the public and state officials, facilitating informed decision-making and immediate responses to pollution levels.

Read more here

News: Air pollution climbs World Bank’s agenda, as $1 billion in financial guarantees pledged (Clean Air Fund)

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.

 

Read more here

Ride For Their Lives to Mobilize Clean Air and Health Advocacy


Health Care Without Harm is coordinating the Ride For Their Lives campaign in the Philippines together with 350 Pilipinas and the Health Alliance for Climate and Clean Air Philippines. The goal of this campaign is to mobilize the healthcare community and wider environmental groups in the Philippines to advocate for better air quality standards and enhanced air quality monitoring in the Philippines, to protect the health of current and future generations. This will be conducted on June 25th, 2024 in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Philippines Clean Air Act.

Publications

Publication: Powering progress: Market creation strategies for solar e-cooking in off-grid and displaced communities – UNEP, Copenhagen Climate Centre, WFP



The clean cooking agenda is also a climate action agenda. In many countries across Asia and Africa, household cooking can account for as much as 60%-80% of national black carbon emissions.

In the pursuit of sustainable development and climate resilience, off-grid solar electric cooking (e-cooking) technologies is a dual solution encompassing both climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. This report serves as a call to action, identifying specific needs and opportunities for both demand and supply-side market activation for solar e-cooking technologies, as a linchpin of climate resilience and sustainable development at the last mile, in the global south.

Read more and download the report here

May 2024 Announcements


Request for Proposals: Passive Cooling in Southeast Asia

Residential buildings represent the largest share of energy consumption in the ASEAN building sector. With rising temperatures, rapid urbanization, and increasing incomes, the rapidly growing demand for cooling is exacerbating the situation, posing risks to a currently carbon-intensive energy system and causing more global warming.  

This Request for Proposal (RFP) seeks to identify and support innovative, scalable projects and initiatives that integrate passive cooling strategies and solutions into residential housing in Southeast Asian countries where there are currently weak or non-existent building codes.

Click here for full details.

 

Funding Opportunity: 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.

Click here for full details.


Job Opening: CCAC Science Consultant

The CCAC Secretariat, UNEP, is seeking a consultant to support the management and ensure delivery of CCAC scientific assessment reports on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). The ideal candidate would be highly organised, able to plan and ensure timely delivery, and with background or interest in SLCP science.

Click here for full details and to apply.