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Reduce short-lived climate pollutant emissions
Tackling ‘short-lived climate pollutants’ (SLCPs) – including methane, black carbon, tropospheric ozone or hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – is vital to reduce near-term global warming and improve human well-being.
Businesses taking action to reduce these emissions can deliver rapid and measurable benefits in air quality, public health and food security whilst also boosting economic growth and making a key contribution to global climate change mitigation efforts.
How companies can engage in this initiative
- Include measurement and reporting of black carbon and co-pollutants, methane and/or HFCs into their GHG accounting
- Reduce emissions of SLCPs
- Promote best practices and showcase successful efforts, including through Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) initiatives
- Engage stakeholders in their supply chain to reduce emissions of SLCPs
Businesses are invited to join the sector-specific initiatives of the CCAC to scale up their SLCP action. The CCAC brings together 48 countries and 57 non-state partners, including BSR, UNEP, and the World Bank, to catalyse policies and practices that deliver substantial SLCP reductions.
The Business Case
1. Operational and organization efficiency benefits
Including SLCP reductions in a climate strategy can provide operational and organization efficiency benefits for businesses. This includes leaner supply chains through decreased energy and raw material waste/loss, or a more efficient use of logistical resources.
2. Climate & development benefits
By reducing SLCPs, businesses can signal a strong commitment to positive climate actions as well as to issues around public health, energy security and air quality, and will bring the business community closer to policy-makers in both developed and developing economies.
3. Part of a global effort
Becoming an actor in one or more of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s 11 initiatives, businesses will have the opportunity to engage with other multinationals and other companies, international organizations and governments, thus benefitting from technical guidance and peer-to-peer learning.
4. Policy engagement
The Coalition’s high level political backing also provides opportunities for businesses to engage in policy relevant processes.
5. Progress is being made
Nearly 200 countries secured a deal to phase down global climate-warming hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions during the Twenty-Eighth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in 2016.
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