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THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM THE CCAC

FIRST GLOBAL EFFORT TO REDUCE SHORT-LIVED CLIMATE POLLUTANTS


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Latin American and Caribbean Integrated Assessment on SLCPs launched at UNEA-2
The first assessment of SLCPs for the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region was released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) on the 23rd May. The study has found that poor air quality and global warming is already affecting vulnerable populations and ecosystems in the region resulting in premature deaths, crop yield losses, and ecosystem damage.
71 representatives from 11 Latin American countries discussed strategies and actions to combat the problem at the first Regional Latin American Conference on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) and Air Pollution in Lima, Peru. The main aim of the conference was to identify opportunities for regional collaboration to scale-up efforts, strengthen information sharing among countries, and increase capacity to advance fast action to reduce air pollution and climate change. Key conclusions drawn accentuated the importance of a strong collaboration with regional networks as well as recognizing the importance of the integration of SLCPs reduction in national targets.
CCAC releases new municipal solid waste cost estimation tool
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)’s Municipal Solid Waste Initiative is pleased to announce to release of OrganEcs, a cost estimating tool for managing source separated organics, which provides planning-level assistance to local governments, waste professionals, policymakers, facility operators, and project developers to help them make financial decisions about their potential organic waste management projects.
 
The tool is therefore designed to assist users in determining appropriate gate fees, or product sale price requirements in order to meet specified investor returns, as well as evaluate different treatment technologies on a set of indicators.
CCAC Working Group meets in Washington, DC
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Working Group meeting was held in Washington DC on 1 April. Over $10 million in funding for initiatives to reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) was approved. The money will go to activities like reducing SLCPs from the agriculture sector; improving policies and increasing awareness of the health and climate impacts of SLCPs in cities; and decreasing indoor air pollution and black carbon emissions through improved cooking, heating and lighting.
European Environment Ministers call for improved air quality for the environment and human health
Air pollution was recognized as the greatest health risk in the Pan-European region, with more than 95% of the EU urban population exposed to levels above World Health Organization guidelines. In a Ministerial Declaration passed at the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference in Batumi, Georgia. Ministers committed to improving air quality, including by integrating air pollution reduction measures into financial and development policies. Countries also pledged to cooperate to address transboundary impacts and enhanced policy coordination and coherence at the national and regional levels.
G7 endorse action on SLCPs, and HFCs, Ise-Shima, Japan - 26-27 May 2016
G7 leaders recognized the importance of mitigating short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in their declaration following the G7 Ise-Shima summit. in order to stay under a 2 degrees Celsius warming limit. Strong commitments to domestically reduce black carbon, methane and HFCs were made in the Leaders Declaration, which also firmly supports the adoption of an ambitious HFC phase-down amendment within the Montreal Protocol this year.
World Health Assembly adopts new roadmap for air quality
Delegates welcomed a new road map for responding to the adverse health effects of air pollution. Every year, 4.3 million deaths occur from exposure to indoor air pollution and 3.7 million deaths are attributable to outdoor air pollution. The road map outlines actions to be taken between 2016 and 2019, and is organized into 4 categories.
It sets out to expand the knowledge base, by building and disseminating global evidence and knowledge of the impacts of air pollution on health and the effectiveness of interventions and policies to address it. The road map also aims to enhance systems to monitor and report on health trends and progress towards the air pollution-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. It focuses on leveraging health sector leadership and coordinated action at all levels – local, national, regional and global – to raise awareness of air pollution. Lastly, the road map will enhance the health sector’s capacity to address the adverse health effects from air pollution through training, guidelines and national action plans.
The Maskbook application was launched at UNEA2 as an innovative method to raise global awareness on air pollution and climate action, and is now available for download on Apply and Andriod devices; it provides access to information on how to best protect communities from dangerous air pollutants, including using improved cookstoves and discouraging the burning of domestic and agricultural waste.
Second Round Auction at the Pilot Auction Facility - 12 May 2016
On May 12, the Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF) held its second successful auction, allocating 20 million dollars of climate funds to reduce 5.7 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2020. The auction was the second in a series of pilots which tests multiple auction formats that are intended to attract private sector investment while efficiently reducing emissions. This second auction attracted bidders in 12 developed and developing countries, ranging from large multinationals to small local businesses.
CCAC and partners at the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2)
The CCAC participated in a number of events at the latest United Nations Environment Assembly. This year’s theme was Healthy environment - healthy people and air pollution was particularly relevant topic. The CCAC and participating partners held two side events on reducing indoor pollution from cookstoves and SLCP mitigation in the brick sector. with inputs on SLCPs from CCAC, and many partners talking about air pollution and climate action related to SLCPs and CCAC
New WHO Air Quality Database shows air pollution rising, disproportionally impacts the poor
The latest urban air quality database, released today by the World Health Organization (WHO), shows that from 2008 to 2013 global urban air pollution levels increased by 8%, despite improvements in some regions.
 
The highest urban air pollution levels were experienced in low-and middle-income countries in the Eastern Mediterranean and South-East Asia Regions, with annual mean levels often exceeding 5-10 times WHO limits, followed by low-income cities in the Western Pacific Region. Reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) may be the quickest way of delivering results in improving urban air quality, and will also help achieve many of the global sustainable development goals.
Latin American and Caribbean countries pass Air Quality Resolution
Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment committed on Thursday to accelerate collective action on a set of priorities ranging that include climate change and air quality. Ministers and high-level representatives of 33 countries adopted the Cartagena Declaration, in which they pledged to promote the “healthy functioning of ecosystems as a global, crosscutting and comprehensive condition, key for a better and fairer future for all, fundamental to achieve sustainable development and the eradication of poverty”.
USA and Canada joint statement
The CCAC welcomed a joint-statement by Canada and the USA outlining commitments by both countries to reduce methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) during Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to the White House on 10 March 2016.
 
The statement by Mr Trudeau and US President Barack Obama will see both countries reduce methane emissions from oil and gas production by 40-45% below 2012 levels by 2025 and explore new opportunities for additional methane reductions. The two countries will adopt a Montreal Protocol HFC phasedown amendment in 2016 and support a range of activities that promote alternatives to high global warming potential HFCs and promote greener technologies, including in those countries facing challenges such as high ambient temperatures.

CCAC in the news

Washington Post: The most important mystery about U.S. climate change policy – Chris Mooney, April 13
This article shares his concern over the current boom in unconventional natural gas in the United States, where the risk of incomplete combustion of methane, a key component in natural gas, would have a much larger warming effect than carbon dioxide over a period of 10 years.

Opinion pieces

How to better align climate goals with sustainable development - a paper by SEI, IGSD, CICERO and CCAC SAP members
Researchers argue that the term CO2 equivalent (CO2e) is a significant barrier to reaching the goal of the Paris Agreement to keep warming “well below 2C”. In an article published in Carbon Brief of May 12, 2016, the authors recommend that the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) ask countries to pledge emission reduction targets of each substance separately as part of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). 
Amina Mohamed and Margaret Chan Op Ed
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Norway and Amina Mohammed, Environment Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria join together to discuss the climate change and health concerns on indoor and outdoor air pollution, with particular focus on the dangers to women and children in this article published on Mail & Guardian newspaper on May 13, 2016.
PAF First Auction named carbon deal of the year
The Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF)’s Scott Candor discusses the success of PAF’s first climate finance auction, which saw the sales of 8.7 million tons of emission reductions in the waste sector to the PAF at $2.40/ton in the future, and was awarded the Environmental Finance’s Carbon Deal of the Year 2016.

New CCAC publications

Training Manual: Brick Sector in Latin America, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)
Integrated Assessment of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in Latin America and the Caribbean: Summary for Decision Makers
Annual Science Update 2015, CCAC Scientific Advisory Panel
The Role of SLCPs in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, CCAC Scientific Advisory Panel
New CCAC Initiative Factsheets
Municipal Solid Waste, HFCs, Diesel, Open Agricultural Burning, Oil & Gas, and Ports and Marine Vessels 
Two infographics on black carbon and methane mitigation measures in Latin America and the Caribbean

New publications by Partners

Healthy Environment, Healthy People, UNEP
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Actions on Air Quality, UNEP
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Air Pollution InfoGraphic, UNEP
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Human Health Assessment for Diesel Exhaust, Health Canada
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Burning Opportunity: Clean household energy for health, sustainable development and the wellbeing of women and children, World Health Organization
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Reducing Enteric Methane for Improving Food Security and Livelihoods, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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Feasibility Assessment: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Finance Innovation Facility, Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre
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Asian Co-benefits Partnership White Paper 2016: Putting Co-benefits into Practice: Case Studies from Asia, IGES and the Ministry of Environment, Japan
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Review of air pollution controls in Beijing: 1998-2013, UNEP, ZHB
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Clean Air for All by 2030? Air Quality in the 2030 Agenda and in International Law, Birgit Lode, Philipp Schonberger and Patrick Toussaint (IASS)
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Video

Brick Kilns: Building back better 

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) released a short video on the works of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) partners in helping the Nepalese brick industry to recover from the devastating April 2015 earthquake, and to reconstruct itself in a cleaner and more sustainable way.

CCAC related Webinars 2016

General

Organized by: UNEP DTIE Partnership, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Agriculture

Manure Management Webinars:
  1. Introduction to Integrated Manure Management
  2. Manure Management in Large-scale Footloose/Landless Livestock Systems
  3. Manure Management in Smallholder Crop-Livestock Systems
Organised by: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)

Municipal Solid Waste

Organised by: World Bank
Kind regards,
The CCAC Secretariat
Email: ccac_secretariat@unep.org
Address: 1 rue Miollis (Building VII), 75015 Paris, France

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