“We like the multiple benefits approach because it is an analytical framework that allows us to quantify the benefits over time,” he said, adding that it has generated a lot of interest among partners.
Other countries, like Bangladesh, among the world’s most vulnerable nations to climate impacts, are acutely aware of the health benefits of reducing short-lived pollutants and its climate co-benefits.
“There is a lot of burning of municipal solid waste because there are few landfills, and high use of traditional cookstoves and traditional brick kilns,” said Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Tanvir Ahmed.
“SLCP measures can achieve up to about 16,000 avoided premature deaths per year in Bangladesh,” he said.
“There is an interest in how much of these measures can accrue benefits when adopted,” he said.
Countries are also looking at other “pathways” in the context of the Paris Agreement process, which requires them to regularly review their nationally determined contributions to “reflect the highest possible ambition” and demonstrate progression over time.
“With measures to tackle short-lived climate pollutants, we can help shift the focus from cost of action to benefits for climate, public health and productivity,” said the Coalition’s McDougall.