Side event on short-lived climate pollutants

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The Ministry of the Environment, Japan, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) co-hosted a side event on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in Asia on 19 November at the Japan Pavilion during the 19th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Photo credit: Subasana Shrestha/ICIMOD

Photo credit: Subasana Shrestha/ICIMOD

The Ministry of the Environment, Japan, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) co-hosted a side event on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in Asia on 19 November at the Japan Pavilion during the 19th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Japan’s Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Mr Junichi Shiraishi, inaugurated the event. Dr Arnico Panday of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) delivered a fifteen-minute presentation on ICIMOD’s work on SLCPs. He gave an overview of the Atmosphere Initiative’s activities in science, mitigation, capacity building, and policy. He described plans for new atmospheric observatories, as well as an upcoming controlled experiment examining the health and environmental benefits of fan-assisted biofuel cookstoves that greatly reduce black carbon emissions.  

Photo credit: Subasana Shrestha/ICIMOD

Photo credit: Subasana Shrestha/ICIMOD

Dr Eric Zusman of IGES, Japan, gave an overview of SLCP mitigation and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and reduction potential in Asia and the Pacific. Ms Emily McGlynn of the US State Department talked about existing activities, lessons learned, and opportunities in the CCAC’s Municipal Solid Waste Initiative, while Dr Nurul Quadir of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) talked about his country’s ongoing efforts and lessons learned on SLPCs. The event concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Prof Hironori Hamanaka.

Japan has been promoting cooperative activities to reduce SLCPs, including contributions to the CCAC. The event aimed to introduce Japan and other countries’ SLCP reducing activities and to encourage Parties, particularly those in Asia, to work together towards the mitigation of SLCPs.