Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

FACT SHEET: Role of Super Pollutants in the Context of the Climate Emergency

September 20, 2019

Released for UN Secretary-General Summit

At the current pace, the planet will add 50% more warming to surpass the 1.5°C temperature threshold as early as 2030, making it more difficult for human and natural systems to adapt. 

Taking fast, ambitious action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs)- methane, tropospheric ozone, black carbon, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)— can cut the rate of global warming in half and Arctic warming by up to two-thirds

  • Aggressive cuts to SLCP emissions can avoid twice the warming that aggressive cuts to CO2 can by mid-century, and deliver multiple benefits for sustainable development and human well-being.

A combined strategy to improve the energy efficiency of cooling equipment while phasing down HFC refrigerants under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol presents one of the biggest mitigation opportunities available today. 

  • Like the strategies for reducing HFCs, the strategies for improving the energy efficiency of cooling equipment can be deployed quickly, at scale, and at low cost.  

In the climate battle, slow success is no success.