United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is one of the founding Partners of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants. It hosts the Coalition’s Secretariat and Trust Fund and will implement an array of actions funded by the Coalition.

As part of its climate change work, UNEP is actively engaged in a broad range of activities to address short lived climate pollutants:

Science

UNEP is playing a key role in the Coalition through its scientific assessment efforts. In 2011, UNEP has published the Near-term Climate Protection and Clean Air Benefits report which shows that a range of measures targeting short lived climate pollutants will bring considerable health, crop yield and climate benefits in the coming decades.

In 2011, UNEP also published a scientific assessment of HFCs impacts on climate: HFCs: A Critical Link in Protecting Climate and the Ozone Layer. The report shows that HFCs emissions are dangerously growing but that options exist to fast-track the introduction of alternatives to climate-damaging HFCs.

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Policy

UNEP is also working to support sound and informed political decision making on short lived climate pollutants. For instance, through the Atmospheric Brown Cloud project, UNEP aims to increase collaboration between the scientific and political communities by integrating atmospheric brown cloud science, including black carbon science, with impact assessments for political decision making.

On the Ground

UNEP is active on the ground in mitigating short lived climate pollutants. For example, UNEP's Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) is assisting developing countries to reduce vehicular air pollution through the promotion of lead-free, low sulphur fuels and cleaner vehicle standards and technologies.

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To find more information on UNEP’s work on climate change visit: www.unep.org/climatechange