Air quality and ancillary benefits of climate change policies

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Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

Action to combat climate change will deliver considerable ancillary benefits in air pollution abatement by 2030. The ancillary benefits will be:

• lower overall costs of controlling air pollutant emissions in the order of EUR 10 billion per year;
• reduced air pollutant emissions, leading to a fall in damage to public health (e.g. more than 20 000 fewer premature deaths/year) and ecosystems.

Ancillary benefits will be greater in 2030 than in 2020. However, climate change policies will reduce the overall cost of the air pollution abatement measures needed to meet the objectives of the Thematic Strategy on air pollution by 2020.

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