Mitigation Working Group

CAN’s Mitigation Working Group deals with a broad range of issues related to greenhouse gas emission reductions at the global, regional and national level. The group analyzes the current state of play, including country positions, and coordinates CAN's voice for ambitious actions to secure a safe climate. Some of its recent work has focused on developing and advocating CAN’s long-term goal; and championing ambitious pre-2020 mitigation action by developed countries. Given the wide range of issues to be covered, the group frequently coordinates with other CAN working groups, who occasionally take up some of the more focused debates. The group's role also includes crafting and implementing specific advocacy strategies.

For more information please contact:
Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis, IndyAct,
Naoyuki Yamagishi, WWF Japan,
Rixa Schwarz, Germanwatch,

Say goodbye in style: A Grand Farewell for HFC’s

Speed is vital when it comes to climate protection. Immediate action to cut HFCs could contribute much to keep the global temperature rise to under 1.5°C. Enacting a global phase-down of HFCs could yield up to 100 billion tonnes of emissions reductions by mid-century, and up to 200 billion tonnes if we make a parallel effort to improve the efficiency of the appliances using HFCs as refrigerants. Around the world, the vision for a future without HFCs is becoming a reality as governments move ahead with plans to phase down production and consumption under the Montreal Protocol.

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Are We Really Headed There?

ECO welcomes the G7 environment ministers’ commitment to develop and communicate their long-term low-GHG emission development strategies “as soon as possible” and before 2020. The G7 should also show leadership by using good long-term planning to bid our carbon-based economies a rapid retirement. Here are six key steps they should take:

1. Take action now

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Are You Going To Drill Us Too?

If ECO were in the business of writing horoscopes (we are in the business of writing quizzes though!), and if 13 and 40 were numbers to be avoided at all costs then today isn’t a good day for the Arctic.

Both the US and Nordic countries have signed the Paris Agreement and their leaders affirmed they are ready to work on implementation. In fact, at the recent US-Nordic Leaders’ Summit in Washington D.C., they declared that they will work together on managing the Arctic region with an ecosystem-based approach, balancing conservation and sustainable use of the environment.

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