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Project funding priorities for the Nordic working group on Climate and Air (NKL) 2023

The Nordic working group on Climate and Air’s criteria for prioritizing projects and activities in 2023 are based on objectives from the Programme for Nordic Co-operation on the Environment and Climate 2019-2024.

NKL focus areas 2023

Synergies between climate and clean air policies

  • Projects that contribute to new knowledge about climate change and the effects of air pollution on human health and welfare, and the interaction between these and other policy areas.
  • Projects that analyse the consequences of climate policies on air pollution and vice versa (emissions, concentrations, exposures) and identify sectors where further policy action is needed to improve air quality and exposure to air pollutants (Integrated assessment modelling etc.).
  • Projects that enhance the knowledge on Nordic countries’ historical and/or future methane emissions, main sectors and the policy contexts, including a discussion of the climate and atmospheric impacts of methane’s role in ozone formation, to support countries involvement to the Global Methane Pledge, UNECE Air Convention, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and Arctic fora.


Air pollution policy support and implementation

  • Projects that contribute to the basis for decisions and implementation under international agreements like the EU ambient air quality directives, the EU national emission ceilings directive and the UNECE Air Convention’s Gothenburg protocol.
  • Projects focusing on reduction of harmful emissions caused by for example traffic, non-road mobile machinery, industry, waste, shipping, agriculture, and heat generation.
  • Projects focusing on the effects of air pollutants on human health and the environment.
  • Projects that promote international knowledge transfer of Nordic air pollution mitigation solutions and scale up reduction measures.
  • Evaluations of mitigation measures in the areas of small-scale wood combustion and road dust.
  • Recommendations on further development of emission inventories (sectors, pollutants) and monitoring activities to support the understanding of air pollutants and transboundary effects in the Nordic countries.
  • Projects that contribute to the objectives of UNEA 5.2 resolution on Sustainable Nitrogen Management and the INMS Colombo declaration on halving Nitrogen waste to 2030.


Climate change policy support, including implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Glasgow Climate Pact

  • Initiatives for raised ambitions of collective climate commitments over time in line with the ambition mechanism of the Paris Agreement and could contribute to the Mitigation work programme.
  • Projects that explore how the Nordic countries could apply interim findings of the Glasgow-Sharm el Sheik Work Programme on the Global Goal on Adaptation and contribute to the continued development of the program and to the wider application of its results.
  • Initiatives that pursue a shift in financial flows so that they contribute to a circular, climate-resilient low-emission development in line with the Paris Agreement.
  • Activities that support and encourage local governments, cities, municipalities and sectors to step up their efforts towards carbon neutrality, among others also activities taking into account a just transition.
  • Activities that respond to the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and science based policy development.
  • Recommendations on further development of GHG emissions inventories and monitoring activities to support the understanding of emissions and removals from the land sector, including soil carbon, in the Nordic countries.

Funding applications will be assessed on the basis of:

The NKL group takes into account a broad implementation of the Programme for Nordic Co-operation on the Environment and Climate 2019-2024 when deciding on the grants.