A Firm Commitment to Work TogetherCOP19 follows Oslo as the CCAC accelerates action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants through its 10 initiatives.
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition launches into its work at COP19 this week, ready to demonstrate commitment to strong and immediate action made by partners at its Oslo High Level Assembly in September. At side events on Monday November 18th and Tuesday November 19th, as well as at a High Level Assembly on November 21st, Ministers of Environment, organizational CEOs and other key participants will share the latest accomplishments of the CCAC, including its initiatives to reduce the impact of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) on health, the environment, agriculture and climate. Speakers and participants will review commitments made in Oslo and discuss specific actions on health, green freight, and methane reduction in the oil and gas industry, among others.
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An interview with Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development, The World Bank
- Q: In the recent report for the G8, "Integration of short-lived climate pollutants in World Bank activities," the World Bank details how it has integrated SLCPs into its portfolio of development activities. Why are SLCPs so important for the World Bank to consider in its investments, and what challenges have you faced in trying to reduce SLCP emissions?
- A: Aggressive action to cut short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon and methane offers development gains and climate impact. While we must continue to aggressively reduce CO2 emissions, efforts to reduce short-lived climate pollutants can have an immediate effect on slowing warming and the resulting consequences of more extreme weather and devastating sea-level rise. This buys our clients, middle income and developing countries and their private sectors, critical time to invest in their resilience.
At the same time, reducing these pollutants can reap huge benefits because, for example, the air is cleaner, cities more productive, people healthier, and more food can be grown.
The analysis we completed for the G8 reveals that from 2007 to 2012, 7.7 percent of World Bank commitments in energy, transport, roads, agriculture, forestry, and urban waste and wastewater – approximately US$ 18 billion – were “SLCP-relevant”, i.e. have an impact on the amount of SLCPs which are released into the atmosphere. Now we have to take the next step and transform as much of the Bank’s portfolio from being “SLCP relevant” to being “SLCP reducing”. We are working hard to collect the data needed and quantify the potential benefits from SLCP reduction in our projects.
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Exchange Partnerships and Knowledge PlatformVienna, Austria, 10-11 October
The CCAC’s Municipal Solid Waste Initiative once again brought together some 40 representatives from cities, ministries and organisations to discuss how the initiative can help reduce short-lived climate pollutants in the sector. The meeting was held October 10th and 11th on the margins of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress in Vienna.
“CCAC Commits to Scaling Up Action on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants.” A Sampling of Press Coverage of the High Level Assembly