European Union Air and Climate Policies

Since 1995, IIASA's GAINS model provides quantitative scientific analyses for the key policy initatives of the European Commission in the areas of climate change and air pollution. In numerous policy reports, model analyses highlighted the interactions between measures for different economic sectors, and how they simultaneously contribute to a wide range of policy objectives of the European Union. 

Within the EC4MACS project of the EU LIFE program, IIASA coordinates a consortium of leading scientific institutions to develop a toolbox of well established modelling tools that explore the synergies and interactions between climate change, air quality and other policy objectives.

GAINS and EC4MACS analyses have been used by Commission staff to develop quantitative policy proposals, to quantify their environmental and economic effects for the impact assessment of the European Commission, and to produce the background material that elaborates rationales for and expected impacts of the proposed policies.

IIASA has contributed scientific analyses to the following policy proposals of the European Commission:

This web site provides access to the key policy documents and the supporting technical analyses conducted with the GAINS/RAINS model.

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Last edited: 25 April 2014


Markus Amann

Program Director

Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases

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