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Canada’s Environment Minister and International Partners Launch the Framework for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

It is estimated that short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon, methane, and some hydrofluorocarbons will contribute about half of the climate warming effect from current anthropogenic emissions over the next couple of decades. They have a limited lifespan in the atmosphere, so their effects are more time-limited than those of longer-lived climate pollutants, such as carbon dioxide.

Reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants is part of Canada’s overall international climate change strategy. Their reduction provides an opportunity to make near-term progress on climate change while providing air quality and health benefits.

Domestically, some of Canada’s emissions regulations for the transportation sector also impact short-lived climate pollutant emissions, including the reduction of key air pollutant emissions from vehicles and engines.

The Government of Canada has pledged $3 million to support the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants as well as $7 million to projects that support the long-term mitigation of SLCPs in developing countries.

Canada’s $7 million commitment will support three projects designed to tackle emissions from short-lived climate pollutants. The project breakdown is as follows:

  • $3 million to help reduce fugitive methane emissions in the oil and gas sector in Mexico and Colombia, in partnership with the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC)
  • $2.35 million to address methane from landfills in Mexico, Chile and Colombia in partnership with the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP)
  • $1.7 million to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) to support clean cookstove initiatives in Colombia, Ghana, Mexico and Peru

These three projects fall under Canada’s historic $1.2 billion contribution in fast-start financing, which will significantly contribute to developing countries’ efforts to undertake climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Canada is an active participant in current international cooperative activities that address short-lived climate pollutants, including the Global Methane Initiative, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, as well as efforts under the Arctic Council and the International Maritime Organization.

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