Agreement to cut short-lived climate pollutants
A RARE note of harmony resonated at the Climate Summit in New York when partner countries of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) agreed to an action plan to deal with greenhouse gases that are more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO ) at trapping heat. These gases, also known as short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), have always escaped attention in climate negotiations due to the overwhelming levels of CO . The five measures approved by CCAC include reducing methane emissions by the oil and gas sector, cutting SLCP emissions from municipal solid waste that account for 11 per cent of global methane emissions and identifying ways to curtail black carbon and particulate matter emissions from freight activities across the world. The transport sector contributes to about 22 per cent of global greenhouse emissions. Heavy-duty vehicles used in freight transportation have a substantial impact on climate and air quality.
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