The Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development’s (IGSD) mission is to promote just and sustainable societies and to protect the environment by advancing the understanding, development, and implementation of effective, accountable and democratic systems of governance for sustainable development.

Beginning in 2005, the Institute embarked on a “fast-action” climate mitigation campaign to promote strategies that will result in significant reductions of emissions, temperature, and impacts in the near-term, focusing primarily on strategies to reduce non-CO2 climate pollutants, to complement cuts in CO2.

IGSD’s over-arching, multi-venue approach to fast-action climate mitigation is presented in a 2009 article by Molina, Zaelke, Sarma, Andersen, Ramanathan & Kaniaru, Reducing abrupt climate change risk using the Montreal Protocol and other regulatory actions to complement cuts in CO2 emissions in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The HFC part of this approach was further elaborated in a November 2012 article by Zaelke, Andersen & Borgford-Parnell, Strengthening Ambition for Climate Mitigation: The Role of the Montreal Protocol in Reducing Short-lived Climate Pollutants, in the Review of European Community & International Environmental Law.

IGSD’s fast-action strategies can be started in two to three years, substantially implemented in five years in developed countries, and ten years in developing countries, and can produce a response in the climate system on a timescale of decades, to complement cuts in CO2, which operate on a longer timescale.  They also include measures to capture, reuse, and / or store CO2 after it is emitted, including biosequestration and strategies to turn biomass into more stable forms of carbon for long-term storage.

In 2012, IGSD was elected to serve as the NGO representative on the Coalition's Steering Committee.

CCAC activities

Workstream | Cooling Hub, HFC
To address an important gap in end-of-life disposal of fluorocarbon refrigerants, in December 2019, the Efficient Cooling Initiative joined together with Japan’s Ministry of Environment to develop...
Discarded air conditioners
Workstream | Cooling Hub
Catalyzing increased access to sustainable and efficient cold chains is one of the Efficient Cooling Initiative’s four key campaigns for 2020 and 2021. One-third, or 1.3 billion tons, of all the food...
Fresh Produce cold room
Workstream | Cooling Hub
A main objective of the Efficient Cooling Initiative is help deliver on the levers identified in the Biarritz Pledge for Fast Action on Efficient Cooling , launched at the G7 Summit in 2019. The...
Activity | National Planning Hub
Bangladesh | Ongoing
Support from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition's SNAP initiative has culminated in an actionable plan to reduce short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) emissions. With support of the SNAP initiative,...
SNAP Workshop, Dhaka, Bangladesh


This document (2021 update) sets out to guide countries wishing to develop national plans to implement Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) strategies.

This SNAP guidance document outlines...

Report from the Institutional Strengthening Workshop, organised by the Initiative “Supporting National Action and Planning (SNAP) on short-lived climate pollutants” of the Climate and Clean Air...


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