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LATEST NEWS FROM THE COALITION

FIRST GLOBAL EFFORT TO REDUCE SHORT-LIVED CLIMATE POLLUTANTS

October 2016 Newsletter

Message from the Secretariat, Helena Molin Valdes

Dear Partners, Actors and followers of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition,

We are happy to share a lot of good news with you since our last newsletter! 

Parties to the Montreal Protocol adopted the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs, and the Coalition Partners played a role in preparing inventories, showcasing alternatives and helping to reach out to increase the ambition of the amendment. We will continue to work towards an HFC phase-down.

The New Urban Agenda was adopted by HABITAT III in Quito, with strong language to improve air quality, health and climate action. During the event, we launched with the World Health Organization the BreatheLife2030 campaign to engage cities to share good practice. Our co-chair, Vice Minister Marcelo Mena Carrasco, from Chile, along with the State Secretary of Norway and the Executive Director of UN Environment, joined the WHO and the Minster of Health of Ecuador to amplify our call for action.

The first reports were released by the companies that joined the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership, and you find these and several other stories from the Coalition Initiatives below and on our website.

Within the coalition, we tested the new Solution Center and started to actively connect countries and experts to bring solutions to more scale. We will report more on this in our next Newsletter.
 

Message from our co-chair Marcelo Mena, Vice Minister of Environment, Chile

 
 
When we delivered the Paris Agreement we told the world we would not tolerate an unsafe climate for future generations. When we stated that we would limit warming well under 2ºC, we were saying that it wasn’t enough to keep most of the world safe, but that we would protect island states.

We also said that glaciers are also precious and must be conserved. While we acknowledge that climate change is a threat to our future, air pollution is our biggest environmental threat today.

Tackling short-lived climate pollutants allows all Partners to gain climate benefits while addressing air pollution, leapfrogging policies that favoured greenhouse gas mitigation, at the cost of air pollution. It allows direct action to protect human health today. The Coalition allows partner members to share the most direct pathways for clean air and a safer climate, something that our children of today and tomorrow will thank us for.

Featured

BreatheLife2030 campaign launched at Habitat III

The BreatheLife2030 campaign calls on individuals and leaders to imagine a future without air pollution. This solutions oriented campaign aims to inspire action and will offer practical policy measures that cities can implement to improve air quality.

Read the story  -  Go to BreatheLife2030.org

Stories

HFCs

Historical Agreement on HFCs reached in Kigali
Coalition Partners saw the years of work result in the passing of a HFC phase-down amendment to the Montreal Protocol pass in Kigali, Rwanda. It is one of the most significant actions governments have ever taken to protect the climate.
New report shows HFC growth in developing countries
The report: National Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Inventories: A summary of key findings from the first tranche of studies, looked at HFC use in Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia and Nigeria and found that its average annual growth was 16 per cent.
Momentum leading to the HFC phase-down amendment to the Montreal Protocol
In the margins of the UN General Assembly $80 million USD was pledged by governments and philanthropic organizations to support developing nations (Article 5 countries) implement the HFC amendment and improve energy efficiency. This funding will enable Article 5 countries to begin developing programs to track and reduce HFCs and help their consumers and businesses realize the net economic benefits from energy efficiency as they transition to HFC alternatives.

Initiatives

CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership Companies release first annual public reports on mitigation progress
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Oil and Gas Methane Partnership released its first annual report at during the 2016 Oil and Money conference in London. The report includes summary reports covering the first full year of activities of its six original partner companies.
Morocco hosts First Regional Africa Meeting on Reducing SLCPs from the Brick Sector
The first African meeting to find regional solutions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants from the brick sector was held in Rabbat, Morocco from September 1 -2. Representatives from nine African countries discussed policy and technical actions that can be taken to reduce SLCPs, in particular black carbon.

Coalition Working Group

CCAC Working Group meeting in Paris
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s 18th Working Group met in Paris to discuss how to proceed on black carbon, the different pathways to reaching the 1.5C Paris Agreements temperature target and priorities for the High Level Assembly to be held in Marrakech during COP22 on 14 November 2016. The meeting opened with messages from Erik Solheim, Executive Director UN Environment, and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. Download the IISD summary report (PDF)

Air quality

CCAC at the Climate Chance Summit in Nantes, France
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition participated in two events at the summit: urban solutions to reduce air pollution and a forum on transport and mobility that looked at ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the transport sector.
WHO releases country estimates on air pollution exposure and health impact
A new World Health Organization (WHO) air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population live in places that exceed WHO air quality limits. The WHO presented this information via interactive maps that show air quality levels.
Better Air Quality Conference in Busan, Korea
The conference opened with a stark warning from World Health Organization Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan that there is still a long way to go in tackling the health effects of air pollution and the toll of premature mortality. The Head of the CCAC Secretariat, Helena Molin Valdes, emphasised the existing, practical solutions to reduce SLCPs to help clean the air and reduce the rate of climate warming simultaneously. Professor Drew Shindell, Chair of the CCAC Scientific Advisory Panel, presented an approach that emphasises the need to reduce SLCPs now to ensure that the pace of global warming is kept low, avoiding climate-related damages that could reduce our chances of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. The event concluded with a joint statement by the International Union of Air Pollution Prevention Associations (IUAPPA) and Clean Air Asia (CAA). 
Dr Supat Wangwongwatana recieves 2016 Kong Ha Award
CCAC Scientific Advisory Panel member, Dr Supat Wangwongwatana, got an award for his lifelong work to improve air quality.
Uruguay: Rethinking practices for better air quality
The Coalition's Solution Center supported a workshop to improve air quality from firewood use in the residential and service sectors in Uruguay based on good practice elsewhere. The workshop public and private stakeholders from the country’s firewood sector, to analyze and promote good practices to reduce the sector’s impact on air quality. The Solution Center, where you can find information, training materials, resources, and access expert advice on a range of measures and policies, went online in September.

Policy

California Governor passes strict laws to limit short-lived climate pollutants
New bill calls for a 50 percent reduction in black carbon and 40 percent reduction in methane and hydrofluorocarbon from 2013 levels by 2030.
G20 Leaders move to improve energy efficiency in heavy-duty vehicles
Countries are encouraged to develop their own policy goals and milestones towards world-class clean fuel and vehicle standards.
 

Opinion pieces

Climate change: Here’s why India needs to be at the forefront of efforts to phase out HFCs
Ajay Mathur, Director General of TERI (The Energy & Resources Institute, called on India to lead in phasing out HFCs and increasing the energy efficiency of air conditioners in order to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with both HFC use and electricity production.

HFCs, Climate’s Low Hanging Fruit
Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Nobel Laureate Mario Molina, argues that global success at protecting the ozone layer by phasing out ozone destroying chemicals can be replicated for the climate by phasing-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) through an amendment of the Montreal protocol.

A New Effort to Save the Ozone Layer and Protect the Climate
United States Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz and U.S. Environment Protection Agency Administrator, Gina McCarthy call for an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol to reduce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

New Coalition publications

National Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Inventories: A summary of the key findings from the first tranche of studies
Climate and Clean Air Coalition, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme
A Global Strategy to Introduce Low-Sulfur Fuels and Cleaner Diesel Vehicles
International Council on Clean Transportation,United Nations Envrionment Programme
SNAP SLCP National Planning Guidance Document
Stockholm Environment Institute, Climate and Clean Air Coalition

New publications

A Protocol for Measuring Emissionsof Black Carbon and Organic Carbon from Residential Wood Burning
Danish Technological Institute
World Health Organization

Video

WHO: BreatheLife – The Walk Home
Nine in ten people breathe air that is not safe. Air pollution is an invisible killer that we may face on a simple walk home or even in our homes.Help breathe life back into cities and take action to protect our health and climate at: BreatheLife2030.org

Videos available on Facebook in: French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese
Nepal Brick Kilns:  Building Back Better
Nepal Brick Kilns: Building Back Better
See the results from the Coalition's Bricks Initiative in Nepal. Video produced by ICIMOD.
Estrategia PDA Video
Estrategia PDA Video (Spanish)
This video from Chile (in Spanish) explains the country's decontamination program to reduce air pollution.
Solid Waste Management in Penang, Malaysia.
Solid Waste Management in Penang, Malaysia
This video shows how Penang State in Malaysia is working to reduce methane emissions its municipal solid waste by reducing the amount of organic waste reaching its landfills.

Upcoming Events

7 - 18 November
COP22 Marrakech Climate Change Conference & side events
COP22 venue, Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco
 
12 November
19th CCAC Working Group, preparatory session for the 8th High Level Assembly
COP22 venue, Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco

14 November
8th CCAC High Level Assembly  

COP22 venue, Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco

29 November - 2 December
Policy and Advocacy Network Event for Cleaner Bricks Production in Latin America
Bogota, Colombia
Kind regards,
The CCAC Secretariat
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Email: ccac_secretariat@unep.org
Address: 1 rue Miollis (Building VII), 75015 Paris, France

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