Climate group nominates HFC mitigation leaders for awards

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) has announced the finalists of the 2018 Climate and Clean Air Awards.

Last week (24 August 2018), the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) announced its finalists, including those working on mitigating HFCs, for the 2018 Climate and Clean Air Awards.

CCAC is an NGO that works on combating the use of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) including HFCs, methane, black carbon and tropospheric ozone, which are responsible for 40% of the manmade heat energy being added to the planet every year.

The 2018 CCAC Awards will be presented in three categories: Individual, Innovation, and Policy Change. “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,” said Helena Molin Valdes, head of the CCAC Secretariat.

In the Individual category, Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for his decades of work in drawing attention to the threat of climate change, along with Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna “for introducing short-lived climate pollutant policy in Canada and rallying support to lead the Kigali Amendment into force”.

Two researchers were also nominated in the Individual category for their work on making the Montreal Protocol and its Kigali Amendment a reality. 

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.
– Helena Molin Valdes, head of the CCAC Secretariat.

Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, said early work was key to “identifying that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were powerful climate forcers [and he] played a critical role in the Kigali Amendment of 2016 to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol, a strategy that can avoid up to 0.5°C of warming by 2050”.

He was also nominated for his SLCP work, which included a paper on how reducing SLCPs can avoid “0.6°C of warming by mid-century, compared to 0.1 to 0.3°C from aggressive CO2 mitigation, and 1.2°C from SLCPs at end of century, compared to 1.6 to 1.9°C for CO2,” according to CCAC (for more see here).

Similarly to Ramanathan, Dr. Mario Molina, a professor at the University of California, San Diego and the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, was nominated for his work on CFCs and HFCs. Molina was part of the team of researchers who discovered that CFCs deplete the ozone layer in 1974.

“It is Dr. Molina’s early work that laid the scientific foundation for the agreement of Montreal Protocol in 1987,” CCAC notes. “Dr. Molina has continued working to further secure climate benefits delivered by the Montreal Protocol culminating in the Protocol’s 2016 Kigali Amendment to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which will provide climate mitigation equivalent to 100 billion tons of carbon dioxide by 2050 and avoid up to 0.5°C of warming by the end of the century.”

Two other people were nominated for the Individual category – Hal Harvey, CEO, Energy Innovation (a company that informs policymakers on climate change mitigation), and Chinese Minister Xie Zhenhua who serves as vice-chairman of China's top economic development body, the National Development and Reform Commission.

In the Innovation category only the nominee ColdHubs Ltd. tackled HFC reduction. The company has developed solar-powered HFC-free refrigeration units that provide affordable cold storage rooms to farmers in Nigeria and across Africa (see Accelerate America Issue #31 fo more).

Nobody covering HFCs was nominated for the Policy Change category.

From those nominated as finalists, the public can vote online for those who win until 8 September 2018. Those with the most votes will be announced at the awards ceremony at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the U.S. on September 11. 

For a full list of the nominees please click here.

By Charlotte McLaughlin

Aug 30, 2018, 15:43




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