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Global Energy and Climate Outlook 2017: How climate policies improve air quality




This study shows that achieving the climate change mitigation target of staying below 2°C temperature rise is possible technically – thanks to an acceleration of decarbonisation trends, an increased electrification of final demand and large changes in the primary energy mix that include a phase out of coal and a reduction of oil and gas – and is consistent with economic growth. It yields co-benefits via improved air quality – including avoided deaths, reduction of respiratory diseases and agricultural productivity improvement – that largely offset the cost of climate change mitigation. These co-benefits arise without extra investment costs and are additional to the benefits of avoiding global warming and its impact on the economy.

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  • Alban Kitous & Kimon Keramidas & Toon Vandyck & Bert Saveyn & Rita Van Dingenen & Joe Spadaro & Mike Holland, 2017. "Global Energy and Climate Outlook 2017: How climate policies improve air quality," JRC Working Papers JRC107944, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
  • Handle: RePEc:ipt:iptwpa:jrc107944

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    1. Toon Vandyck & Alban Kitous & Bert Saveyn & Kimon Keramidas & Luis Rey Los Santos & Krzysztof Wojtowicz, 2018. "Economic Exposure to Oil Price Shocks and the Fragility of Oil-Exporting Countries," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(4), pages 1-19, April.
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    3. Weitzel, Matthias & Saveyn, Bert & Vandyck, Toon, 2019. "Including bottom-up emission abatement technologies in a large-scale global economic model for policy assessments," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 83(C), pages 254-263.
    4. Amir Behzad Bazrgar & Aeryn Ng & Brent Coleman & Muhammad Waseem Ashiq & Andrew Gordon & Naresh Thevathasan, 2020. "Long-Term Monitoring of Soil Carbon Sequestration in Woody and Herbaceous Bioenergy Crop Production Systems on Marginal Lands in Southern Ontario, Canada," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(9), pages 1-16, May.
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    climate; mitigation; GHG emissions; energy; energy demand; energy supply; power generation; energy investment; modelling; POLES; GEM-E3; TM5-FASST; air pollution; air quality; mitigation cost; macroeconomic impacts; health impacts;
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