Minister Inia Seruiratu, Fiji

These real climate heroes were honoured with Climate and Clean Air Awards for actions they have taken to reduce short-lived climate pollutants and protect the climate. Find out more about each of the honourees below.


Individual category

Leonardo DiCaprio and Ban Ki-moon (right)

For his advocacy work and awareness raising on the issue of climate change and for his philanthropy and environmental efforts through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Hal Harvey

For transforming philanthropic investment in climate action and promoting practical, results-driven solutions. Mr Harvey has proven that the climate problem is solvable, and that the move to zero-carbon energy technologies can be accomplished.

Minister Catherine McKenna

For her role as a global leader in reducing short-lived climate pollutant (SLCPs) emissions both domestically and through international efforts.

Dr. Mario Molina

For his contributions to science and our understanding of short-lived cliamte pollutants, in particular the impacts of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at heating the atmosphere.
Dist. Prof. Veerabhadran Ramanathan
For his contributions to science and our understanding of super pollutants. His work has been, and continues to be, fundamental to the way we understand and address climate change.


RDRS Bangladesh initiative

For working to introduce climate friendly rice cultivation practices that also saves water and decreases poverty for farmers in in North Western Bangladesh.

SimGas initiative

For developing and distributing highly innovative and affordable small-scale biogas systems that are easily installed and maintained.

Policy change

Beijing, China

For a new standard that will reduce air pollutants by up to 70% compared to current levels. The standard will also help reduce fine particulate and black carbon emissions by 99%.

Pune waste management program

For its work to reduce emissions from waste. The city estimates that it avoids the release of over 130,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere each year.

Santiago city bus

For being the first Latin American city to commit to soot-free technology for emission reductions. The new standard is expected to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) and PM2.5 emissions by almost 70%, by 2025.

Watch the awards ceremony

2018 Climate & Clean Air Awards ceremony

2018 Climate & Clean Air Awards ceremony
2018 Climate and Clean Air Award Ceremony
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