12 December 2017
CCAC Annual Report Highlights Emissions Trends in Short-lived Climate Pollutants and Related Global Actions
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The Climate and Clean Air Coalition published its fifth annual report, focusing on emissions trends of short-lived climate pollutants and actions by its members to reduce them.

The report presents emissions trends for methane, tropospheric ozone, black carbon, and hydroflourocarbons, highlighting scenarios for emissions reductions.

The publication also spotlights policy achievements by Canada, Chile, Uruguay, Kenya, and Clean Air Asia.

7 December 2017: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) 2017 Annual Report reviews emissions trends of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) and spotlights coalition members’ 2017 achievements.

The report presents emissions trends of the four main short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) that CCAC studies, including methane, tropospheric ozone, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The publication analyzes historical data to project emissions trends and mitigation scenarios toward 2030. CCAC shows that, while methane emissions are increasing, implementing recommended reduction measures could reduce methane emissions in North America and Europe by 60 million metric tons by 2030 compared to a business as usual scenario.

Recommended mitigation measures could reduce black carbon emissions by 60% by 2030.

Regarding black carbon, the analysis finds that mitigation actions could reduce black carbon emissions 60% by 2030 compared to 2015 emissions levels. The publication also reveals increases in the population-weighted ozone concentrations, a harmful SCLP when occurring in the troposphere, across most of the world, except North America and Europe, where air quality management strategies have reduced concentrations.

The report further highlights SCLP-related achievements and actions of CCAC’s members in 2016-2017, and summarizes achievements and progress of CCAC’s seven sectoral and four cross-cutting initiatives, including relevant sector trends. It outlines actions taken to reduce SLCPs by CCAC members Canada, Chile, Uruguay, Kenya, and Clean Air Asia, an international NGO working towards better air quality across Asia. It also notes that CCAC was rewarded with the Ozone Award for Political Leadership at the 30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol for its efforts to support the adoption of the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs.

This is CCAC’s fifth annual report. Since the organization’s founding in 2012, it has expanded its original six partnerships to a 120 member coalition, focused on simultaneously reducing the air quality and climate change impacts of SLCPs, while also raising awareness of the impacts of those pollutants on health, development and the environment. [CCAC Press Release] [CCAC Report]

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