New $10m package to clean up air pollution

An investment worth $10 million (£6m) has been unveiled for projects that help reduce air pollution. The Climate and Clean Air Act Coalition (CCAC) is expanding its support in projects […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

An investment worth $10 million (£6m) has been unveiled for projects that help reduce air pollution.

The Climate and Clean Air Act Coalition (CCAC) is expanding its support in projects including cleaner transport, alternative refrigeration, agriculture, solid waste management and methane reduction in the oil and gas sector.

It aims to cut emissions of “short-lived climate pollutants” (SLCPs) – ranging from reducing methane emissions from paddy rice production to replacement technology projects for hydrofluorocarbon – found in refrigeration systems – to raising clean fuel and vehicle standards.

The projects are expected to “save millions of lives and improve health” as seven million people are said to die each year as a result of indoor and outdoor air pollution, figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggest.

The CCAC also expects the projects to cut the rate of global warming by up to 0.5°C as well as reduce crop losses by over 30 million tonnes a year.

Helena Molin Valdes, Head of the Coalition Secretariat at the United Nations Environment Programme said: “The new work will provide knowledge and evidence to make critical advances toward reduction of short-lived climate pollutants and as we move toward the UN Climate Summit and the next two major climate conferences in Peru and France, the practical results and potential for scale-up can help inform the agreements.”

The CCAC is a partnership of governments, intergovernmental organisations, the private sector, environmental community and other members of civil society.