Around the world individuals, organizations and governments are working hard to reduce short-lived climate pollutants through actions, innovations and policies that not only protect our climate but also provide numerous additional benefits.
Every year the Climate and Clean Coalition recognizes these efforts, and is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Climate and Clean Air Awards.
This year there were 85 nominations, an overwhelming response to the awards. From this list 15 finalists were chosen. These ‘fast action heroes’ are involved in a wide range of activities and actions that include everything from individual efforts to state and national policies.
Helena Molin Valdes, Head of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat said: “The work of these extraordinary people is helping us increase our knowledge, transform attitudes, spark innovation, provide business opportunities, and improve lives and livelihoods. They exemplify what climate action looks like.”
The Climate and Clean Air Awards recognize the exceptional contributions and actions taken to implement projects, programmes, policies and practices to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (also known as super pollutants) – black carbon, methane, hydrofluorocarbons and tropospheric ozone.
These four pollutants contribute about 40% of the manmade heat energy being added to the planet every year. Reducing emissions of methane, black carbon, and HFCs can help reduce predicted global warming by as much as 0.6 degrees Celsius (⁰C) by 2050, and are necessary to achieve the global goal to limit warming to 1.5 ⁰C.
Reducing super pollutants also has additional benefits for health, ecosystems and livelihoods. Implementing reduction measures can prevent up 2.5 million premature deaths from air pollution, avoid up to 52 million tonnes of crop losses every year, and contribute to the sustainable development goals.
This year’s award ceremony is part of Super Pollutant Day, an event affiliated with the Global Climate Action Summit, in San Francisco, USA. The ceremony will be held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, from 16:30 to 18:00 on September 11, 2018.
Meet the 2018 Finalists
The 2018 Climate and Clean Air Awards were presented in three categories: Individual, Innovation, and Policy Change. The Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat created a long list from the 85 nominees. This was sent to the Coalition’s Steering Committee who chose the finalists. An independent jury will decide the final awardees.
SimGas (Innovation category): For producing safe cooking fuel and reducing short-lived climate pollutant emissions with domestic biogas digesters. SimGas is helping farmers produce a 100% clean cooking fuel generated by digesting cow manure, helping to reduce methane emissions and reducing indoor air pollution.
Read about all the finalists, register for the event, and cast your vote at the 2018 Climate and Clean Air Awards.