Interdisciplinary and Global Working Group

The Interdisciplinary Global Working Group (IG-WG) on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) was an initiative during Phase 1 of the ClimPol project. This initiative has now been concluded. The previously generated information on the working group and completed activities can be found below.

The Interdisciplinary Global Working Group (IG-WG) on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) is an internationally diverse collection of young experts from academia, public service, the private business sector, and civil society, who intend to explore and share knowledge on how emerging initiatives for SLCP mitigation can be more effectively integrated across sectors and scales in the joint context of socio-economic development, air pollution, and climate change. Its primary objective is to identify common interests and deepen interactions between stakeholders interested in air pollution and climate change mitigation as an end, those interested in reducing air pollution as a means to other development goals, and the communities of practice with experience implementing some of the identified air pollution and climate change mitigation options. While identifying co-benefits will help building bridges across sectors and stakeholders, questions regarding trade-offs shall equally be addressed. The IG-WG is coordinated and initially funded by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, but will rely upon a global network of advisors and partner institutions as its activities scale up.

To learn more about the WG's objectives and work plan click here.

Innaugural Workshop (13-15 December 2012)

The Interdisciplinary and Global Working Group (IG-WG) was formed in 2012, with a first in-person meeting from 13 to 15 December 2012 at the IASS in Potsdam.

The meeting included a public session which not only highlighted the Science and Policy of Short-Lived Climate-forcing Pollutants but also generated insights into related fields of policy ranging between food security issues and global climate change negotiations through expert contributions.

Click here for the summary and workshop agenda.


In addition, the IG-WG elaborated a work plan for 2013 which is comprised of an umbrella project focusing on integrated metrics of air pollution and climate change.


Scientific basis for air pollution and climate change in the context of SLCPs - link

Reducing short- and long-lived climate forcers - link

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition - link

Going the last mile for SLCP reduction - link

Towards integrated approaches of air pollution and climate change mitigation - link


Find a report from the inaugural workshop on p. 23 in the IGAC Newsletter from March 2013.


2nd IG-WG Workshop: Air Quality and Climate Impacts: Toward a methodology for stress-testing metrics (2-3 October 2013)

University College of London, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP).

Click here for the summary.

The workshop aimed to elaborate key aspects to be included in an assessment method for anticipating the “stresses” that particular decisions about metrics may create for mitigation efforts and integration of air quality and climate change efforts. This assessment method or “stress-testing” shall test whether metrics that are applied in the SLCP / air quality / climate context are fit for the purposes that they are or are considered being used for. In particular, do they support the objectives of increasingly making use of co-benefits while avoiding trade-offs by accurately characterizing success, failure, and trade-offs.

The sessions on October 3 focused on elaborating the concept of “metric stress” through discussion of a (recent) historic case as well as ways in which SLCPs are represented and incorporated (or not) in allied policy domains of urban planning and transport strategy. The final session closed with a re-integration of the day’s lessons with the ongoing policy discussions surrounding SLCP mitigation.

The working group also met on October 4 to discuss methods for anticipating and quantifying the kinds of stresses raised in the discussion. Further information on the final outcome of this session will follow soon.

Workshop Agenda


Background Information


2/3 Oct. 2013 workshop primary background document: Toward a stress testing

2/3 Oct. 2013 workshop additional informational material on SLCP relevant

14 Dec. 2012 workshop summary

14 Dec. 2012 SLCP general background document...part I & part II