The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) is a partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, representatives of the private sector, the environmental community, and other members of civil society. The Coalition is government-led but is highly cooperative and voluntary.
IGSD is a non-state partner of the CCAC.
The Coalition’s initial focus is on methane, black carbon, and HFCs. At the same time, partners recognize that action on short-lived climate pollutants must complement and supplement, not replace, global action to reduce carbon dioxide, in particular efforts under the UNFCCC.
The Coalition’s objectives are to address short-lived climate pollutants by:
- Raising awareness of short-lived climate pollutant impacts and mitigation strategies
- Enhancing and developing new national and regional actions, including by identifying and overcoming barriers, enhancing capacity, and mobilizing support
- Promoting best practices and showcasing successful efforts
Improving scientific understanding of short-lived climate pollutant impacts and mitigation strategiesThe Coalition serves as a forum for assessing progress in addressing the challenge of short-lived climate pollutants and for mobilizing resources to accelerate action. It works to catalyse new actions as well as to highlight and bolster existing efforts on near-term climate change and related public health, food and energy security, and environmental issues.
Since the Coalition’s launch in February 2012, the partners have been working to identify quick-start actions that will ensure rapid delivery of scaled-up climate and clean air benefits by reducing key short-lived climate pollutants, including methane, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
These initiatives seek to promote near-term reductions of short-lived climate pollutants at a substantial scale worldwide, and to engage high-level stakeholders:
- Reducing Black Carbon Emissions from Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicles and Engines – This initiative works to reduce the climate and health impacts of black carbon and particulate matter (PM) emissions in the transport sector.
- Mitigating Black Carbon and Other Pollutants From Brick Production – This initiative addresses emissions of black carbon and other pollutants from brick production to reduce the harmful climate, air pollution, economic, and social impacts from this sector.
- Mitigating SLCPs from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector – This initiative addresses methane, black carbon, and other air pollutants emissions across the municipal solid waste sector by working with cities and national governments.
- Promoting HFC Alternative Technology and Standards – This initiative targets governments and the private sector to address rapidly growing HFC emissions, which could account for as much as 19% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050 if left unchecked.
- Accelerating Methane and Black Carbon Reductions from Oil and Natural Gas Production – Accelerating Methane and Black Carbon Reduction from Oil and Natural Gas Production:This initiative seeks to work with key stakeholders to encourage cooperation and support the implementation of new and existing measures to substantially reduce methane emissions from natural gas venting, leakage, and flaring. This Initiative currently has two components: The CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership, and a Technology Demonstration Project to reduce black carbon from gas flares.
- Addressing SLCPs from Agriculture – This initiative aims to reduce emissions of methane and black carbon from the agricultural sector, not only helping to address climate change but also to strengthen food security and livelihoods.
- Reducing SLCPs from Household Cooking and Domestic Heating – This initiative aims to work through advocacy and education to raise awareness of the harmful effect of emissions from this sector to human health climate, agriculture and climate.