There are important interactions and potentially large economic synergies between climate and air quality strategies and the objectives of EU social and economic policies.
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.
A consortium of leading scientific institutions has developed a toolbox of well established modelling tools to explore the synergies and interactions between climate change, air quality and other policy objectives.
The EC4MACS toolbox is now ready for scientific and economic analyses to inform the revision of the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution in 2013 and the European Climate Change Programme on climate strategies beyond 2012. The EC4MACS toolbox informs about the costs and benefits of the various policy options to reduce reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to further improve air quality in the European Union while maximizing the benefits to EU energy, transport and agricultural policies.
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Current and future economic growth will cause serious air quality problems in Asia, negatively impacting human health and crop production, unless further air pollution policies are implemented. Increased economic activity will also lead to more greenhouse gas emissions and subsequent climate change. Yet, air pollutants and greenhouse gases can be reduced simultaneously at far lower costs than tackling them separately, because they often originate from the same sources.
An international team of researchers has developed a scientific tool to guide policymakers through the complex process of air pollutant control and greenhouse gas mitigation in China and India. Known as GAINS (Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollution Interactions and Synergies), this state-of-the-art interdisciplinary model builds on a scientific tool that has already helped European governments slash air pollution across the continent without compromising economic development.
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