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The application of the RAINS model for Greece

In order to comply in 2010 with the emission ceilings proposed by European commission under the convention on transboundary air pollution, Greece has to develop and implement a cohesive strategy affecting all the sectors of the economy. The RAINS model was used for the evaluation of the environmental and economic impacts arising from the use of a number of control technologies under alternative energy scenarios. To this purpose a number of modifications regarding the input databases of RAINS were made. The analysis clearly reveals that the reduction of SO2 emissions can be achieved in a lower cost compared to the reduction of NOx emissions. Moreover, the complementarity of CO2 abatement policies and the SO2/NOx abatement policies is also accented.

Keywords: transboundary air pollution, RAINS, abatement strategies, Greece

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