Mitigation of Air Pollution & Greenhouse Gases (MAG)

Around the world, MAG's systems approach is framing new policies that maximize co-benefits between air quality management, greenhouse gas mitigation and other policy priorities.

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There are important interactions between climate and air quality strategies, and development, economic and social policy objectives. However, maximizing the potential co-benefits from these - well-documented - interactions poses a host of complex  challenges to decision makers. Unless put into context, these interactions could not only prohibit a cost-effective solution to both problems, but also lead to important trade-offs that unnecessarily waste important resources.

Model analyses, based on latest scientific findings and validated data, can provide valuable information on the design of (cost-)effective strategies that meet multiple policy objectives and yield potentially large economic synergies.

With an interdisciplinary team of researchers, MAG builds innovative methodologies that bring together relevant insights from recent research on geo-physical and economic aspects of pollution control. The program develops advanced analytical tools to identify pollution control strategies that put least burden to the economy while maximizing a wide range of environmental benefits. Together with a network of collaborators, MAG uses these tools to inform international negotiations and national planners in different regions of the world. 

Recent MAG Publications

Pfenninger S, Gauche P, Lilliestam J, Damerau K, Wagner F, Patt A (2014)

Potential for concentrating solar power to provide baseload and dispatchable power

Nature Climate Change, Article in press (Published online 22 June 2014) More

Rafaj P, Amann M, Siri JG (2014)

Factorization of air pollutant emissions: Projections versus observed trends in Europe

Science of The Total Environment, 494-495:272-282 (1 October 2014) (Published online 21 July 2014) More

Wang SX, Zhao B, Cai SY, Klimont Z, Nielsen CP, Morikawa T, Woo J-H, Kim Y, Fu X, Xu JY, Hao JM, He KB (2014)

Emission trends and mitigation options for air pollutants in East Asia

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14(13):6571-6603 (1 July 2014) More

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Markus Amann

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