ICCI’s efforts to create a global methane facility (see Global Methane Fund) also led to Mexico’s decision, with Swedish support (eventually joined by the U.S. and Canada) to organize the first-ever ministerial meeting focused on short-lived climate forcers, in Mexico City in September 2012. Twelve ministers and fourteen additional national representatives participated in the half-day Ministerial, which included a presentation by Dr. Ken Newcombe of the Methane Blue Ribbon Panel.
As a result of the ministerial, six nations (Sweden, Mexico, Bangladesh, the U.S., Canada and Ghana) moved forward towards the creation of a global SLCF initiative, eventually named the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants. The CCAC was launched officially in Washington DC on February 16, 2012. The CCAC has since expanded to 17 State (plus the European Commission) and 6 Non-state Partners. Its Secretariat is hosted by the UNEP offices in Paris.
Read the “ICCI’s Statement to Ministers at CCAC High Level Assembly.”at COP-19 in Warsaw on November 21, 2013.
ICCI joined the CCAC as one of its first non-state Partners in July 2012, and focuses its work within the CCAC “focal areas” that have special relevance for cryosphere regions. These include those related to cookstoves and woodstoves (which produce black carbon, of significance near the Andes and Himalayas); oil and gas (which produce methane leaks, as well as black carbon through flaring near the Arctic as well as Kazakhstan’s fields near the Himalayas); open burning; and methane financing. ICCI is a co-lead with the European Commission on both Open Agricultural Burning (with a project proposal focused on the Himalayas and Andean regions), and for Residential Heating (which would focus on cutting black carbon emissions from wood stoves and boilers in OECD nations). It is also is working with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in the recently-approved CCAC cookstoves project.
For more information, see the CCAC web page at www.unep.org/ccac.