Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

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Short-lived climate pollutants, or SLCPs, are a group of pollutants that contribute to climate change by warming the atmosphere in the near-term, and to degraded air quality, with associated impacts on human health and vegetation. SLCPs include Black Carbon, which is a component of particulate matter, tropospheric ozone, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons. The multiple impacts of SLCPs means that actions that can reduce SLCPs in the atmosphere can potentially result in multiple benefits, from reducing near term temperature increases, to reducing negative health effects associated with air pollution exposure, to increasing yields of crops like wheat, rice, maize and soybean.

Research that SEI has contributed to in this area focusses on:

  i) identifying the co-benefits that could result from reducing SLCPs

  ii) investigating the measures and policies that could be implemented to achieve these reductions, and

  iii) communicating these results to provide policy makers and implementers with a better understanding of the most important actions they can take to reduce SLCPs, and the likely benefits that these actions will derive.


SEI PublicationA climate policy pathway for near- and long-term benefits: Climate actions can advance sustainable development.

 Shindell D., N. Borgford-Parnell, M. Brauer, A. Haines, J. C. I. Kuylenstierna, S. A. Leonard, V. Ramanathan, A. Ravishankara, M. Amann, L. Srivastav
Year: 2017
Type: Journal article

SEI PublicationThe SEI Initiative on Low Emission Development Pathways (LED-P)
Author(s): Kuylenstierna, J.C.I., C. Heaps, C. Malley and M. Davis
Year: 2016
Type: Fact sheet