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Much of Asia has significant potential to achieve cleaner air and control near-term climate change by integrating short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) into their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This paper analysed NDCs from Northeast, Southeast ans South Asia to determine which countries are capitalising on that potential.
The analysis reveals that many countries' NDCs reference methane and hydrofluorocarbons, while a few include black carbon. Some countries incorporate air pollution and co-benefits into their NDCs as part of wider climate change strategies.
Several interventions could facilitate the integration of SLCPs into NDCs, including: 1) sensitization strategies for high-level decision makers and operational staff; 2) interagency coordination mechanisms and internationally organized seminars; and 3) concrete activities underlying work on SLCPs, especially bringing black carbon into emissions inventories.
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) has tools to support integration of SLCPs and other air pollutants into NDCs and other relevant policies.