Nordic workshop on action related to Short-lived Climate Forcers

Organised by the Nordic Council of Ministers Climate and Air Quality Group

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Nordic Ministers of Environment adopted in March 2012 the “Svalbard Declaration” with decisions to reduce the negative impacts of the climate changes and air pollution caused by the emission of the so-called Short-lived Climate Forcers (SLCFs) such as black carbon (soot) and methane. Along with CO2, they are the main reasons why the ice in the Arctic now is melting rapidly.  At a workshop organised by the Nordic Group on Climate and Air Quality in June 2012 researchers and policy-makers discussed the recent scientific findings, the national experiences with emission inventories, identification of cost-effective measures to cut emissions and the drawing up of national action plans as well as the development in the field of international co-operation on SLCFs. The report presents policy recommendations, conclusions and recommendations on scientific research and monitoring.



International Policy Developments

On the 4th of May 2012, a revised Gothenburg protocol was agreed under the UNECE Convention for Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP). It contains new emission reduction commitments for 2020 for SO2, NOx, NMVOC and NH3, and a new commitment to reduce emissions of PM2.5. Black carbon is a fraction of PM2.5 and special consideration must be made of sources known to emit high amounts of BC when drawing up plans to meet the emission reduction commitment. The protocol also contains an option to review and strengthen the BC commitment when more scientific evidence is at hand.


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