Integrated Policies for Sustainable Societies
UNFCCC COP19 Side Event
Mitigating Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities
While experiencing rapid economic growth, Asia faces severe air pollution as well as significant potential to mitigate short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) (such as black carbon). Japan has been promoting cooperative activities to reduce SLCPs, including contributions to the climate change and clean air coalition (CCAC). The aim of this event is to introduce activities to reduce SLCPs carried out in Japan and other countries and to encourage Parties, particularly those in Asia, to work together towards the mitigation of SLCPs emissions.
From IGES, Dr. Eric Zusman, Principal Policy Researcher, presented an overview of SLCPs reduction potential in the Asia-Pacific and related international activities, while Prof. Hironori Hamanaka, Chair, Board of Directors took up the role of moderator for the panel discussion.
Date 19 November 2013, 18:30 - 20:00 Venue Japan Pavilion, National Stadium, COP19, Warsaw, Poland Organisers Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Agenda and Presentation Materials
Welcome and introductory address
Junichi Shiraishi, Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Japan
Overview of SLCPs reduction and CCAC activities, and reduction potential in Asia and the Pacific
Eric Zusman, Principal Policy Researcher, IGES
PDF (2.6MB) Existing activities, lessons learned, and opportunities for MSWIa
Emily McGlynn, Senior Adviser, Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State
PDF (1.3MB) Existing efforts and lessons learned on SLCPs: The Case of Bangladesh
Nurul Quadir, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Banglades
PDF (826KB) SLCP activities at ICIMOD
Arnico Panday, Senior Atmospheric Scientist, Programme Coordinator Atmosphere Initiative ICIMOD, Nepal and University of Virginia, US
PDF (2.4MB) Panel discussion
Moderator: Hironori Hamanaka, Chair, Board of Directors, IGES
- Dr. Eric Zusman, Principal Policy Researcher, IGES
- Mitigation of SLCPs is drawing increasing attention in Asia
- The CCAC is a voluntary multilateral initiative that was established to promote actions on SLCPs.
- Japan is contributing to the CCAC, the Asian Co-benefits Partnership (ACP), and other initiatives to achieve SLCP co-benefits in Asia.
Ms. Emily McGlynn, State Department, United States
- The CCAC Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI) is working directly with cities around the world to reduce black carbon and methane from waste.
- There are a number of additional benefits from improved waste management including increases property values and economic vitality.
- The MSWI includes a “city-exchange” component, encourages “mentor cities” to get involved, and opened a website of the CCAC MSW Knowledge Platform.
Dr. Nurul Quadir, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh
- Bangladesh has joined several multilateral initiatives to support reductions in SLCPs, including the CCAC.
- In Bangladesh, the key sources of SLCPs are cook stoves, brick kilns, vehicles, open burning, rice parboiling systems, flooded irrigation in rice fields, municipal waste, and livestock.
Dr. Arnico Panday, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal and University of Virginia, United States
- ICIMOD recently launched a research project to answer important questions such as: what is the contribution of black carbon to melting Himalayan snow and ice?
- ICIMOD is also establishing monitoring sites in Bhutan and Nepal as well as acquiring satellite data to track air pollution.