Air Science Policy Forum Outcomes Paper

Summary: This paper summarise the outcomes of discussions held at the one day Air Science Policy Forum on April 15th 2013

Published: 2013


Pages: 12

Filesize: 601KB

Format: pdf

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There has been very impressive progress in reducing a range of emissions to air in Europe. This story - and what it implies in terms of longer life expectancy, better health, reduced pain and suffering, increased productivity, and reduced pressure on nature and build heritage – needs to be recognised. It is one of the better environment success stories. But we have a lot more to do, both in improving compliance with existing obligations, but also taking up opportunities to address new and emerging health and other threats that were not previously identified. Also, sectors not previously addressed by emission reduction strategies have become proportionately more significant and offer prospects of improvement at relatively low cost - for example, residential emissions, non-road mobile machinery, maritime and agriculture. There are opportunities to get air quality and climate benefits with policies working in tandem, to deliver reductions in short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) including ozone, methane and black carbon. The benefits of cost effective actions exceed costs by a large margin, but the wider benefits of improving air quality need more attention, especially the impacts on productivity and competitiveness. The IT revolution can empower the citizen to become more knowledgeable of the drivers, impacts and state of air pollution and thus owners of the problem and drivers for solutions to be found. Capacity in Member States and cities is essential if they are to ‘own’ and understand the problem, and find solutions that are simultaneously politically viable and environmentally effective.