CCAC High Level Assembly in Oslo, Norway

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The Ministerial High Level Assembly for The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) was held in Oslo, Norway, on 3 September.

The High Level Assembly brought together Ministers and heads of CCAC Partner institutions to direct the Coalition’s work. This Assembly focused on significantly bolstering financing for SLCP mitigation and better mainstreaming the SLCP agenda into the health community and its key institutions. The Assembly put a spotlight on the latest science on SLCPs and the potential health, food security and climate benefits of reducing their impact. The latest science helps inform transformational national decisions and global actions through the CCAC and beyond. 

Fast action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) that “live” from days up to a couple of decades in the atmosphere, has the potential to prevent millions of premature deaths each year, avoid annual losses of some of the world’s staple crops and slow down the global warming expected by 2050 by as much as half a degree.

Environment and Health

The CCAC initiatives have the potential to substantially improve health and prevent diseases and death. To fully capture the public health benefits from such interventions, it is critical to engage the health sector and to elevate the profile of programs that address SLCPs as a tool for health policy makers.  Environmental policy makers can also use health information to build a strong argument for action on SLCPs. Cooperation among these stakeholders can help promote ambitious action at the national level and on the international stage.

Financing for SLCP Mitigation

The CCAC supports enabling policies that can drive private investment, funds efforts to deploy demonstration projects using Trust Fund resources, and is building catalytic partnerships with Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), major existing regional and global funding instruments, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF), health funds and the private sector, for rapid implementation of large scale concrete, on-the-ground projects that reduce SLCPs.

CCAC Initiatives

The ten CCAC initiatives consist of thematic areas to help scale up and accelerate action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) emissions. The key issues selected for discussion at the High Level Assembly focus on scaling up the work under the landfills and municipal solid waste, HFC alternatives technology and standards, and oil and natural gas production initiatives.

Climate and Clean Air Coalition

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) is a voluntary partnership uniting governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society and the private sector in the first global effort to treat short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) as a collective challenge. Launched in February 2012, the Coalition has grown to more than 70 Partners. The CCAC Partners have launched major initiatives aimed at sparking significant emission reductions of SLCPs.

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Notable Quotes

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"There is no such thing as a free lunch. Norway is ready to scale up our efforts to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants at home and abroad. But acting on these short-lived climate pollutants only in Norway is not enough. We want to see other countries act. We want to enable those with the will, but not necessarily the resources, to act. We are pleased therefore to announce that Norway, in addition to strengthening our efforts at the national level, will contribute an additional amount of 110 million Norwegian kroner, equivalent to around 20 million US dollars, to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, with a main focus on efforts in developing countries. We must act together. We must encourage each other. And we must challenge and support each other to do more."Bård Vegar Solhjell, Minister of Environment, Norway
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"[Today the CCAC is] not 7 but 72 parties, but we still meet in a positive atmosphere and aim to make a difference together. We are working to increase knowledge about SLCPs, to take measures on the home front and to start pilot projects that can have a catalytic effect in the region and globally."Lena Ek, Minister of Environment, Sweden
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"As an Arctic nation, Canada understands first-hand the importance of addressing short-lived climate pollutants, which contribute to warming temperatures and the rate of Arctic sea ice melt."Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Environment, Canada
"[I have made a] decision to set up a new unit within the Ministry of Health in Ghana responsible for climate change and its impacts on health, with special focus on gender, addressing such issues as indoor pollution, improving access and availability to improved cookstoves, which will have implications for reducing black carbon emissions."Sherry Ayittey, Minister for Health, Ghana