The 2017 to 2018 year was an exciting and formative one for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Years of efforts are now delivering results in many countries and new reports by the Coalition, UN Environment, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) not only show the increased need, relevance, and benefits of reducing short-lived climate pollutants, but also provide the solutions to do so.
The latest Climate and Clean Air Coalition Annual Report outlines these and other developments and presents key results from each of the Coalition’s 11 initiatives for the year.
In their introduction, Coalition Co-Chairs, Alice Akinyi Kaudia, Former Environment Secretary at Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, and Charles Haines*, Senior Policy Advisor at Environment and Climate Change Canada, write the Coalition has done much to build the groundwork to deliver reductions in methane, hydrofluorocarbons, and black carbon.
“Efforts by Coalition partners, scientists and experts to increase capacity, strengthen institutions, produce new knowledge and raise awareness have started to deliver transformative laws and policies, and climate friendly innovations in several of our initiatives,” they wrote. “Our investments are starting to pay off.”
The Co-Chairs also highlighted the important role that short-lived climate pollutants play in the global fight against climate change saying the IPCC’s special report Global Warming of 1.5°C”, strengthened the CCAC’s rationale for promoting fast action, quick results and multiple benefits.
“We have a little more than a decade to make substantial changes if we are to keep warming to a temperature target of 1.5˚C. The special report shows that there is no scenario that gets us to the target without fast action on ALL climate forcers, including short-lived climate pollutants, along with deep and significant cuts to carbon dioxide.”
The annual report highlights country actions being taken to reduce short-lived climate pollutants and the benefits of these action over time. Actions are taking place at local, national, regional and international scales.