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Benefits of simultaneously addressing air pollution
and climate change

Depending on the choices made, policies to control and prevent air pollution can have important climate change benefits, and vice-versa. Because many developing countries are in the early stages of considering policies and programs to address air pollution and will likely be developing climate programs in the future, important opportunities exist to build in strategies that tackle both problems in a cost-effective way.

The Global Atmospheric Pollution Forum is undertaking a programme in 2008 entitled “Air Pollution and Climate Change: Developing a framework for integrating co-benefits strategies.” This programme will include a major conference from 17-19 September 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden. It is led by the UN Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on behalf of the Global Forum’s partner bodies, and is being developed in consultation with the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Meteorological Organization. It is funded primarily through a grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and developed in association with the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

For more information on this programme and the Stockholm Conference, click here.


Useful links:

  • Air Quality and Climate Change: A UK Perspective (Defra site).
    Website | Report (PDF, 5.31 Mbytes)

  • Stern Review: The economics of climate change, chapter 12

  • US EPA Integrated Environmental Strategies (IES)

  • National Association of Clean Air Agencies "Clean and Climate Protection Software" (CACPS)

  • Ishikawa International Cooperation Research Centre report " Addressing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Pan-Japan Sea Region"
    | Report (PDF, 0.5 Mbytes)

  • "California Air Resources Board: Proposed early actions to mitigate climate change in California”

  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Gains-Asia

  • Saltsjöbaden 3 Workshop, March 2007, Gothenburg, Sweden
    Website | Report

  • Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group III report, Chapter 11.

  • Royal Society report entitled "Ground-level ozone in the 21st century: future trends, impacts and policy implications".
  • Latest Newsletter: Sep 2011

  • Management Meeting with IUAPPA

  • New Manuals Published

  • UNEP Black Carbon Assessment report released

  • Emissions manual - major update

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