Emissions of short-lived climate forcers must be reduced:
We, the environment ministers of Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland, discussed what we can do to cut global and Nordic emissions of short-lived climate forcers, such as black carbon and methane, at our meeting on Svalbard, 26-27 March 2012.
Cuts of this nature will help to slow the rise in temperature, which has been particularly rapid in the Arctic where it has caused a significant reduction in the volume of ice in the last 30 years.
The cuts will also have important health and environmental benefits, and act as a supplement to an active climate policy designed to reduce emissions of other greenhouse gases in line with our international obligations.
As emissions of short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) have a negative impact on both the climate and human health, there is a need to regulate them as part of the range of international environmental agreements. However, it will take a long time before such agreements have a sufficient effect.
While waiting for international regulation to be implemented, there is a great need for rapid reductions in emissions of SLCFs such as black carbon, methane and tropospheric ozone. Such initiatives need to be taken in both the industrialised and developing countries.
Based on our close co-operation and shared values, we, the Nordic environment ministers, will intensify our efforts to reduce emissions of SLCFs at national, regional and global level.
We will act as a driving force and work more closely together in international fora to advocate more ambitious international regulation of emissions of greenhouse gases and SLCFs.
However, focus on SLCFs should not be at the expense of cuts in CO2 emissions. We will actively strive to:
To improve the basis for national and joint Nordic initiatives, we will:
To support this work, we will hold a Nordic seminar, 7-8 June 2012. The agenda will include national experiences with emissions accounts, identification of cost-effective measures to cut emissions and drawing up national action plans.