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The CCAC is reducing SLCPs by focusing on practical action in 11 key areas. These 11 initiatives were chosen to ensure rapid delivery of climate and clean air benefits by reducing key short-lived climate pollutants, including methane, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). They seek to promote near-term reductions of SLCPs at a substantial scale worldwide, and to engage high-level stakeholders. Seven initiatives focus on single sector activities, while the remaining four cut across a variety of sectors.
Single sector initiatives focus on specific SLCP producing activities to identify the most cost-efficient and practical pathways to reduce emissions. These initiatives work closely with communities, industry, NGOs and policy makers in each sector to improve technology, practices and policies for specific pollutants.
This initiative works to reduce the climate and health impacts of black carbon and particulate matter (PM) emissions in the transport sector.
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. The Initiative currently has two components: The CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership, and a Technology Demonstration Project to reduce black carbon from gas flares.
This initiative addresses methane, black carbon, and other air pollutants emissions across the municipal solid waste sector by working with cities and national governments.
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.
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.
Household cooking and domestic heating are major sources of significant contributors to global climate change like carbon dioxide, and a number of short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) including: methane and black carbon. Residential solid fuel burning is responsible for 25% of all black carbon emissions. 84% of these homes are in developing countries.
Crop production, livestock production and related land use activities make the agriculture sector one of the largest sources of short-lived climate pollutants. Combined, the agriculture and forestry sectors are responsible for 24% of all greenhouse gases emitted worldwide, including roughly 40% of global black carbon emissions and half of all anthropogenic methane emissions. Coalition partners are currently working to advance methane and black carbon abatement or recovery practices from four key emission sources in the agriculture sector.
These initiatives cut across different sectors in ways that accelerate emissions reductions across all short-lived climate pollutants. Changes in policies and practices in these areas can affect change across a wide range of polluting activities.
Measures to mitigate SLCPs have been assessed at a global and regional level and now need to be incorporated into national policies and actions. This initiative has developed a program to support National Action Plans for SLCPs, including national inventory development, building on existing air quality, climate change and development agreements, and assessment, prioritization, and demonstration of promising SLCP mitigation measures.
The CCAC Financing Initiative is a cross-cutting action to bolster financial flows towards SLCP mitigation for reductions scale-up.
There is a need for in-depth assessments of SLCPs in key regions to help shape regional cooperation as well as the action of national governments, and to encourage new action. The Latin American and Caribbean region is the first target, with Asia and the Pacific to follow.
The overall goal of the initiative is to realize reductions in SLCPs in cities through joint, complementary action by the urban health and development sectors, and by reinforcing the important linkage between SLCP mitigation, air pollution mitigation and health benefits. The initiative will provide a framework for collaboration among health, environment and economic actors to achieve reductions across key sectors: transport, waste, housing, energy industry and power generation.