Newsletter: April 2020


Dear partners and colleagues,

The significant drop in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions during the Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the extent of our impact on the planet. While these reductions are no cause for celebration, they do demonstrate how quickly pollution trends can be reversed. As economies begin to reopen, we must think about how we can use this period of recovery to once and for all move away from polluting practices and come out of this crisis in a better position than we were before.

It is more important than ever to make the connection between health, climate and the environment. This is why the CCAC Secretariat will be supporting our partners to ensure climate and clean air measures are woven into the response to the Covid-19 economic crisis. We also will continue our work to share meaningful data and action to the global response to this crisis.

We are happy to be part of the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, which will take place on September 7 this year. This new International Day was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2019 and will be an annual event. The day will raise awareness at all levels that clean air is important for health, productivity, economy and the environment. It will also highlight the important linkages of air pollution to global climate change and sustainable development goals. This will be an excellent opportunity to share good practice and solutions to scale up action. I strongly urge all partners to contribute and participate in the event.

Stay safe and healthy,

Helena Molin Valdes Head of the CCAC Secretariat



News highlights

USA offshore oil and gas platforms release more methane than previously estimated

A first-of-its-kind aerial study has found offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are emitting twice as much methane than previously thought.

Bangladesh’s Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change endorses National Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Action Plan

The plan’s mitigation measures would reduce SLCPs, other air pollutants and carbon dioxide, preventing over 9,000 premature deaths from air pollution exposure every year by 2030.

Mirage or premonition? An apparition gives us a rare view of a clean energy future

Opinion: The global pandemic has shown us how interconnected we are to everyone else in the world. It also has shown us how quickly our collective action can help the Earth heal itself.

Satellite Data Reveals Extreme Methane Emissions from U.S. Permian Oil & Gas Operations

A new study published in the journal Science Advances shows that oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin are releasing methane at twice the rate found in previous studies.

Trash Could be a Wasted Opportunity— Or a Key to Achieving the Global Sustainable Development Goals

Find out how three cities’ are moving to sustainable waste management systems thanks to assistance from the CCAC.

News from the web
Funds, Grants & Awards

Rapid Response Funding Initiative to address the Covid-19 crisisOmidyar Network India commits Rs 10.75 crore (US $1.4 million) towards initiatives focussed on the ‘next half billion’. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the funding is used. 

GET.invest Finance CatalystThe GET.invest Finance Catalyst links renewable energy and clean cooking projects and businesses to finance opportunities and vice versa. It targets small- and medium-scale projects and businesses in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Deadline: 30 Sep, 2021


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