Old coal plant
South Korea considers shutting down old coal power plants. Photo credit: ICNews Group.

In an early assessment of options for strengthening international co-operation, the GAP Forum identified potential ‘pathways’ which could potentially prove helpful. In further work under the programme it was concluded that the best option lay in linking climate and pollution through co-benefit strategies.

Through an extension to the programme, the GAP Forum held a major conference in Stockholm in 2008 which has played a crucial catalytic role in developing understanding of and support for ‘short-lived climate forcer (SLCF)’ strategies which, as well as abating key regional air pollutants and hence contributing to health and food security, could deliver earlier climate abatement than action on CO2 alone.

The GAP Forum’s activities have stimulated several global level activities on SLCFs. By linking options for abating the health and economic impacts of air pollution with mitigation of climate change, this initiative has provided a basis for a substantial and long-term improvement in the scope and effectiveness of international co-operation on air pollution.

It also supports nations in their efforts to find cost-effective solutions that promote economic development and help alleviate poverty.

The Global Air Pollution Forum Emission Manual
A network of experts in emission inventories participated in the formulation of methods and assessment of good practice. The GAP Forum Manual and Workbook now includes the agreed revisions and both are available for download here.

Co-benefits conference
In September 2008, the GAP Forum hosted a major international conference on the co-benefits of addressing air pollution and climate change simultaneously. The agreed conclusions (pdf) from the conference emphasised that air pollution and climate change cannot be sensibly considered separately and that there are major advantages in considering mitigation policies that take both issues into account at the same time.

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Benefits of integrating air pollution and climate change policy

To download workbook please contact Harry Vallack

Funders: BOC Foundation, UNEP, USEPA, Sida