Author: Tara Shine
Summary: Ireland became a member of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in 2013 to demonstrate commitment to climate and air pollution issues and to improve policy coherence between climate and air policy. This small-scale study, identifies ways in which Ireland can contribute to and benefit from its participation in the CCAC. The study pays particular attention to CCAC efforts to reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs).
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Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) are hazardous air pollutants that have various detrimental impacts on human health, agricultural production and ecosystems. Control of SLCPs also has an important role to play in climate mitigation. In 2011 a scientific assessment co-ordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) identified 16 SLCP control measures that, if implemented globally by 2030, could deliver significant benefits for near-term climate protection and air quality. The relatively short lifetimes of SLCPs mean that climate benefits can be achieved quickly after the mitigation action occurs, with additional benefits for air quality and health.
Ireland became a member of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in 2013, demonstrating its commitment to climate and air pollution issues and to improve policy coherence. The CCAC brings together governments, civil society and private sector actors committed to improving air quality and protecting the climate by reducing SLCPs. Several areas were identified in the study where Ireland could benefit from accessing the experience of others, for example in relation to policies to:
Participation in the CCAC will help Ireland access information, tools and experiences that could inform emerging policy and action in SLCPs. Ireland is also eligible to access technical advice and tools for SLCPs through the CCAC Supporting National Planning for Action on SLCPs (SNAP) initiative. The objective of the SNAP initiative is to support rapid and large-scale implementation of SLCP mitigation at the national level. The report also finds that Ireland has experience to share with CCAC members in relation to clean cooking (from its Development Cooperation programme), agriculture (work nationally and internationally on climate-smart agriculture) and air quality (including smoky coal bans).https://www.epa.ie/media/epa-2020/publications/research/Research_248_thumbnail.jpg