The History of the CCAC


Founding partners of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition: from left: Todd Stern, U.S. Climate Envoy; Achim Steiner, UNEP; Mexican Environment Minister Juan Rafael Elvira; Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent; U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; Bangladesh Environment Minister Hasan Mahmud; Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek; Ghanian Ambassador to the USA, Daniel Ohene Agyekum (Photo courtesy U.S. State Dept.)

Pollutants that are short-lived in the atmosphere, such as black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), are responsible for a substantial fraction of current global warming, with particularly large impacts in urban areas and sensitive regions of the world such as the Arctic, and have harmful health and environmental impacts.

Addressing these short-lived climate pollutants can have immediate, multiple benefits. Reducing them will protect human health and the environment now and slow the rate of climate change within the first half of this century.

Recognizing that mitigation of the impacts of short-lived climate pollutants is critical in the near term for addressing climate change and that there are many cost-effective options available, the governments of Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden and the United States, along with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), came together to initiate the first effort to treat these pollutants as a collective challenge. Together, they formed the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), a unique initiative to support fast action and make a difference on several fronts at once: public health, food and energy security and climate.

CCAC Mid-term Review Survey

Since its launch with six country partners and UNEP in 2012, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has grown rapidly to now encompass 46 state partners and 54 non-state partners by January 2015. In order to help formulating a common vision and strategy to scale up actions locally and globally the Coalition is undertaking a small-scale midterm review between January and April 2015. The results of the review will inform the development of the five-year strategic plan for the Coalition, 2016-2020.

Included in the methodology of this mid-term review is an online survey addressed to all Coalition Partners, CCAC actors, initiative implementers and other stakeholders outside the Coalition. The survey is open until 5 FEBRUARY 2015, and all answers are anonymous.

We welcome you to take the next few minutes to submit your answers by clicking on any of the links to the right. You may take the survey in either English or French.