The 2013 Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and the 2016 Directive on National Emission Ceilings

Between 2011 and 2013, the European Commission has been conducting a comprehensive review of EU air pollution policy, and developed a comprehensive Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution up to 2030. Its Clean Air Policy Package included a proposal for a new Directive on Emission Ceilings, which has then been finally agreed by the European institutions in 2016. 

IIASA's GAINS model provided the backbone for scientific analyses to support the development of the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and the subsequent negotiations between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States.

In its Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution, the European Commission's established objectives for the protection of human health and the environment from the adverse impacts of air pollution.

To identify the most appropriate means that would achieve these objectives, subsequently the European Commission conducted a comprehensive review of the interplay between its legislation on ambient air quality, source-oriented emission controls, and national emission ceilings. Conclusions were presented by the European Commission in its 2013 Clean Air Policy Package, including a proposal for a revised National Emission Ceilings Directive. Subsequently, the Commission proposal for such a directive has been negotiated between the European Parliament and the European Council representing all Member States, and a final agreement has been reached in 2016.

Throughout this process, IIASA's GAINS model served as the scientific backbone for the policy analyses that informed the negotiations. Following two series of bilateral consultations with national experts to agree on input data to the model, IIASA produced 17 policy reports and presented them to numerous stakeholder meetings and the European institutions.

In particular, IIASA produced the following reports, documentations and presentations:


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