CCAC seeks nominations for SLCP-reduction awards

By Charlotte McLaughlin, May 09, 2018, 09:56 2 minute reading

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition recognizes efforts to cut short-lived climate pollutants, including HFCs.

2017 Climate and Clean Air Award Winners, including State Senator for California Ricardo Lara on the far right. 

Credit: CCAC

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) is accepting nominations for the 2018 Climate & Clean Air Awards, which recognise “exceptional contributions and actions taken by individuals or groups to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).” 

The deadline for entering nominations is 4 June 2018.

SLCP gases are “super pollutants,” like HFCs, that stay in the atmosphere for a shorter time than CO2 yet have a much larger global warming potential (GWP), while (in the case of black carbon) negatively impacting public health with fine particle pollution. 

The awards will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Actions that reduce SLCPs indirectly or directly.
  • Innovation that reduces SLCPs by using technology, processes or policies.
  • Sharing or scaling up activities that reduce SLCPs like more investment.
  • Demonstrating other benefits like cleaner air, climate mitigation, ecosystem benefits and improved human health.
  • Making people aware of activities to reduce SLCPs, and engaging the media.

The awards can be entered online here:

Last year the award for “Outstanding Policy” went to California, which has developed an ambitious policy that targets HFCs and other short-lived climate pollutants. 

Greenhouse gases such as HFCs, methane. and black carbon all fall under the remit of the Californian SLCP Strategy, which is a crucial part of California’s broader framework for reducing all greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. 

The SLCP plan aims to reduce HFCs used in HVAC&R, insulation and propellants by 25% below business-as-usual emissions by 2020, and by 40%  below 2013 levels by 2030. In this respect, the strategy represents an opportunity to increase uptake of natural refrigerant-based HVAC&R systems as a replacement for HFC equipment.

California Governor Edmund Brown Jr, and California State Senator Ricardo Lara, who introduced a bill aimed at providing incentives for low-GWP refrigerants, both accepted the award on California’s behalf.

By Charlotte McLaughlin

May 09, 2018, 09:56

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