“This cooperation has been carried out friction free and efficiently. We managed to put together the initiative in four months and everyone is determined that it will give results,” said Swedish minister for the environment, Lena Ek, to Sveriges Radio (SR).
The venture was launched in Washington on Thursday, with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and environment minister Lena Ek attending.
Clinton explained the benefits to the environment if the level of these short-lived emissions were reduced. Among these are soot released when cooking over an open fire and methane gas from coalmines.
“It will give better health, cleaner air, more efficient cultivation, more energy, not to mention global warming slowing down,” Clinton said according to SR.
These short-lived substances are detrimental to the environment but don’t remain in the atmosphere as long as carbon dioxide emissions.
Reducing these may therefore give quick results in terms of cleaner air, better health and reduced climate change.
The six countries to have joined the venture and pledged to share their research and work on legislation to achieve these goals are Sweden, USA, Canada, Mexico, Bangladesh and Ghana.