Canada Provides Further Backing for Action on Black Carbon and Clean Air
Nairobi, 11 April 2013 - The government of Canada has agreed to contribute over $10 million towards the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).
The CCAC was launched in February 2012 by six founding countries, including Canada, along with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is first global effort to treat short-lived climate pollutants - such as black carbon (or soot), methane and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - as an urgent and collective challenge.
The Coalition is catalyzing rapid reductions of these harmful pollutants to protect human health and the environment and slow the rate of climate change within the first half of this century.
"As an Arctic nation, Canada understands first-hand the importance of addressing short-lived climate pollutants," said Environment Minister Peter Kent at a news conference in Washington, DC announcing the contributions. "Canada is proud to be a leading supporter of the CCAC."
The CCAC has grown to 60 partners and is acting on several fronts, including supporting the development of national action plans and sector-based initiatives.
CCAC initiatives target reductions of short-lived climate pollutants - agents that have a warming influence on the climate and a relatively short lifetime in the atmosphere - from municipal solid waste, heavy duty vehicles and engines, oil and natural gas production, brick production, and other areas.
The contribution of $10 million is in addition to Canada's previous contribution of $3 million to the CCAC's Trust Fund and $7 million for projects that support the mitigation of short‑lived climate pollutants in developing countries.
Canada has also announced a contribution of $2.5 million to the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN).
The CTCN was established through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and is hosted by a consortium led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
The initiative aims to speed up the transfer of climate-related technology and expertise to developing countries in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve resilience to changing weather patterns, drought, soil erosion, and other impacts of climate change.
The CTCN will provide tailored advice and assistance to developing countries on climate change adaptation and mitigation technologies. Through collaboration with the private sector and other institutions, the CTCN will also encourage the development and transfer of existing and emerging environmentally sound technologies.
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