Newsletter: November 2019


Message from the Secretariat

The just released UN Environment Programme Emissions Gap Report 2019 shows that the world is on the brink of missing the 1.5˚C target. On current unconditional pledges, the world is heading for a 3.2°C temperature rise. Every fraction of additional warming beyond 1.5°C will result in increasingly severe and expensive impacts.

At the upcoming UN Climate Conference COP25 in Madrid, CCAC partners will showcase how fast action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants alongside deep cuts in CO2 emissions can help get us back on target. The CCAC is calling for all countries to work to for significant reductions in short-lived climate pollutants by 2030 and to include action on these powerful climate forcers in enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions . Doing so will rapidly reduce the rate of warming, help stabilize the climate and bring multiple benefits to health and other development goals.

At COP25 the CCAC is hosting and participating in a number of events that showcase how our work is helping to raise ambition by integrating climate and air quality actions. The technologically feasible and economically viable solutions that we work on can prevent at least half a degree of warming by 2050 and prevent 52 million tons of crop losses annually and save millions of lives each year from the impacts of air pollution. See the full list of our events here.     

News highlights

India is burning––here’s how to stop it

Open air burning upstream of Delhi has made the Indian capital turn once again into the most polluted capital in the world. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to stop it and the CCAC is pursuing all of them.

India’s smog must focus minds on solutions to deadly global crisis

Air pollution affects us all. It is our common responsibility to do something about it. What is happening in India shows all too clearly that we need to do it now.

New report warns climate change will threaten millions of children’s lives

New research by The Lancet shows that climate change and air pollution are threatening to unravel the global health gains made in recent decades, with the world’s poorest children bearing the worst of it.

Collaboration and fast action key to accelerate transition to efficient cooling

A meeting of partners in the CCAC’s Efficient Cooling and HFC initiatives presented numerous solutions to reduce cooling’s impact on the climate.

A new wave of air pollution crises. What can be done?

A series of extreme and dangerous air pollution events hit Asia. These annual events do not need to be the new normal.

Agriculture’s important role in climate action

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Agriculture Initiative calls for increased ambition to prevent climate impacts from agriculture.

How to Keep Chile – and the Rest of the Planet – Chilled

Green refrigeration technology piloted by the CCAC could help the problem and businesses could make a buck in the process.

New partners
Joseph Séka Séka (Cote D'Ivoire): Climate and clean air actions
Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Joseph Séka Séka, on climate and clean air actions in Cote D'Ivoire
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Upcoming events
Funds, grants and awards

Energy Access Booster 2020

The Energy Access Booster 2020 is open to ‘early-stage’ entrepreneurs, who already have pilot operations, but have not raised their Series A (ie. not raised more than ~$2m), based in Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia*, and focusing on one of the two following circular economy-driven topics: clean cooking and small-scale waste to energy.

Deadline 13 December

USAID & RAN (Resilient Africa Network) Household Solar Workforce Development Challenge awarding for Sub-Saharan Africa

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) have launched a call for proposals under the Household Solar Workforce Development Challenge, as part of the Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development (SOGE).

Deadline 15 December

Chill Challenge: Affordable, Off-Grid Refrigeration

Engineers Without Borders USA is offering grant funding through The Chill Challenge, to help develop more affordable refrigeration solutions for off-grid communities. 

Deadline: 16 December

Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) Call for expression of interest

ICAT is seeking Expressions of Interest from new partner countries to join the Initiative and receive support to enhance domestic capacity for mitigation and adaptation action transparency.

Deadline: 19 December

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