A Global Call for Fast Action on Super Pollutants

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Super pollutant advocates from more than 35 leading scientific and environmental organizations call on governments to take immediate, vigorous action to reduce super pollutant emissions.

Today, the group collectively signed on to the Call for Fast Action on Super Pollutants, an appeal to draw attention to the urgent need for cutting emissions of methane, fluorocarbons, and black carbon (also known as super pollutants). Mitigating super pollutants is absolutely necessary to reduce global temperature increases in the immediate future, and to curb the increasingly devastating health impacts among the most vulnerable in our society.

The signatories call on governments to devise a super pollutant Fast Action Plan and include it in their revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which should be submitted by the time of COP26 in November 2020.

The Call for Fast Action lays out specific opportunities to reduce super pollutants throughout the economy. These include:

Eliminate soot from transport & households

Drastically reduce fugitive natural gas emissions

Implement & enforce the phasedown of HFCs under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol

The Call for Fast Action

We, the undersigned, call on governments to create a super pollutant action plan and include it as part of their new Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement, submitted by the time of COP26 in 2020. We further call on business leaders, health and climate experts, civil society groups, funders, and citizens across the globe to take immediate vigorous action to reduce super pollutant emissions. Taking action today on emissions of super pollutants, also referred to as short-lived climate pollutants, will yield most of the climate mitigation feasible by 2050.

Current Signatories

Bahijjahtu Abubakar, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria
Jane Akumu, UN Environment Programme
Jason Anderson, ClimateWorks Foundation
Shikha Bhasin, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
Paul Bledsoe, Center for Environmental Policy, American University
Kate Blumberg, International Council on Clean Transportation
Mark Brownstein, Environmental Defense Fund
Anumita Roy Chowdhury, Centre for Science and Environment
Sönke Diesener, NABU
Axel Friedrich
Debbie Gordon, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Erin Hart, Spitfire
Anjali Jaiswal, Natural Resources Defense Council
Fanta Kamakaté, Pisces Foundation
Aarti Khosla, Climate Trends
Drew Kodjak, International Council on Clean Transportation
Jiang Lin, University of California, Berkeley
Avipsa Mahapatra, Environmental Investigation Agency
Vrinda Manglik, Pisces Foundation
Dan McDougall, Climate & Clean Air Coalition
Charlie McElwee, ClimateWorks Foundation
Mark Michelin, California Environmental Associates
Clare Perry, Environmental Investigation Agency
Romina Picolotti, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development
Kåre Press-Kristensen, Danish Ecological Council
Katie Ross, World Resources Institute
Dorothee Saar, Deutsche Umwelthilfe DUH
Drew Shindell, Duke University
Sarah Smith, Clean Air Task Force
Georgi Stefanov, WWF Bulgaria
Ugo Taddei, ClientEarth
Daniel Taillant, Center for Human Rights and Environment
Catherine Witherspoon, ClimateWorks Foundation
Durwood Zaelke, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development