The path we take to reach the 1.5˚C target is crucial for both climate and other development impacts, particularly for vulnerable regions such as the Arctic. The IPCC 1.5˚C Special Report shows there needs to be considerable cuts in emissions of black carbon (35% by 2030), methane (37% by 2030) and hydrofluorocarbons (70%-80% by 2050) if we are to keep warming below 1.5˚C. The 1.5˚C Report also recognized that climate change and air pollution are closely linked as they are typically driven by the same emissions sources.
Understanding the interactions between these factors is key to selecting mitigation and adaptation options and the coordination of policies that maximize synergies and minimize trade-offs between climate and sustainable development. Poorly designed policies and measures that do not account for these connections may unwittingly multiply the costs arising from our current risky pathway.
Since 2012, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition has worked with its Partners to illustrate how and why countries have begun addressing climate and air pollution as an integrated issue and achieve reductions of all climate pollutants. In this side event the speakers will highlight good practices from countries around the world and tools and methodologies that countries can use today to harmonize implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement.
The CCAC and China’s Tsinghua University will also formally launch the Chinese translation of their new report Synergizing Action on the Environment and Climate which details local and national examples from China and other countries of integrated co-governance of climate and environmental problems.
Welcome and Opening Remarks (10 mins)
- Nathan Borgford-Parnell, Climate and Clean Air Coalition
The Science Behind Integrated Action (10 mins)
- Johan Kuylenstienra, Stockholm Environment Institute
Examples from Countries (20 mins)
- Professor Zheng Li, Tsinghua University, China
- Ragnhild Marie Falkenberg Valstad, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway
Q&A (20 mins)
Closing Remarks (10 mins)
- Katie Ross, World Resources Institute