Reduce short-lived climate pollutant emissions

Remaining within the internationally agreed threshold of less than 2°C global temperature rise requires mitigating CO2 emissions as well as emissions of other climate pollutants. Reducing so-called “short-lived climate pollutants” (SLCPs) - including methane, black carbon, tropospheric ozone or hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) can significantly contribute to climate change mitigation by 2050.

A number of pragmatic and cost-effective measures are available to target SLCP emissions in key sectors, which can bring rapid benefits for near-term climate protection, air quality and economic growth.

What are the benefits of reducing SLCPs for businesses?

  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Part of a global effort: Becoming an actor in  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. The Coalition’s high level political backing also provides opportunities for businesses to engage in policy relevant processes, such as at the UN Climate Summit 2014.

What is expected of companies that make this commitment to reduce SLCP emissions?

By making this commitment, companies are agreeing to:

  • Include measurement and reporting of black carbon and co-pollutants, methane and/or HFCs into their GHG accounting
  • Reduce emissions of SLCPs
  • For most initiatives, engage stakeholders in their supply chain to reduce emissions of SLCPs
  • Promote best practices and showcase successful efforts, including through CCAC initiatives
CCAC Initiatives include:

Businesses are also invited to join the sector-specific initiatives of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (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.

Sectoral Initiatives:
  • Agriculture: Addressing SLCPs from agriculture 
  • Brick production: Mitigating black carbon and other pollutants from brick production
  • Cooking & heating: Reducing SLCPs from household cooking and domestic heating
  • Oil & gas: Accelerating SLCP reductions from oil and natural gas production
  • Refrigeration: Promoting HFC alternative technology and standards
  • Transport: Reducing black carbon emissions from heavy duty diesel vehicles and engines
  • Waste: Mitigating SLCPs from the municipal solid waste sector 
Cross-cutting Initiatives:
  • Finance: Financing mitigation of SLCPs
  • Regional Assessments of SLCPs
  • SNAP: Supporting National Planning for Action on SLCPs (SNAP)
  • Urban Health

RESOURCES:
Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Climate and Clean Air Coalition –  11 initiatives for fast reductions of SLCPs
SLCP Commitments made at UN Climate Summit 2014
BSR Creating an Action Agenda for Private-Sector Leadership on Climate Change

 

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