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Health co-benefits and the development of climate change mitigation policies in the European Union

Workman, Annabelle; Blashki, Grant; Bowen, Kathryn; Karoly, David J.; Wiseman, John

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The 2015 Paris Agreement requires increasingly ambitious emissions reduction efforts from its member countries. Accounting for ancillary positive health outcomes (health co-benefits) that result from implementing climate change mitigation policies can provide Parties to the Paris Agreement with a sound rationale for introducing stronger mitigation strategies. Despite this recognition, a knowledge gap exists on the role of health co-benefits in the development of climate change mitigation...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWorkman, Annabelle
dc.contributor.authorBlashki, Grant
dc.contributor.authorBowen, Kathryn
dc.contributor.authorKaroly, David J.
dc.contributor.authorWiseman, John
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-10T01:08:05Z
dc.identifier.citationAnnabelle Workman, Grant Blashki, Kathryn J. Bowen, David J. Karoly & John Wiseman (2019) Health co-benefits and the development of climate change mitigation policies in the European Union, Climate Policy, 19:5, 585-597, DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2018.1544541
dc.identifier.issn1469-3062
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/190408
dc.description.abstractThe 2015 Paris Agreement requires increasingly ambitious emissions reduction efforts from its member countries. Accounting for ancillary positive health outcomes (health co-benefits) that result from implementing climate change mitigation policies can provide Parties to the Paris Agreement with a sound rationale for introducing stronger mitigation strategies. Despite this recognition, a knowledge gap exists on the role of health co-benefits in the development of climate change mitigation policies. To address this gap, the case study presented here investigates the role of health co-benefits in the development of European Union (EU) climate change mitigation policies through analysis and consideration of semi-structured interview data, government documents, journal articles and media releases. We find that while health co-benefits are an explicit consideration in the development of EU climate change mitigation policies, their influence on final policy outcomes has been limited. Our analysis suggests that whilst health co-benefits are a key driver of air pollution mitigation policies, climate mitigation policies are primarily driven by other factors, including economic costs and energy implications.
dc.description.sponsorshipAW receives an Australian Government Research Training Program scholarship through the University of Melbourne and received funding from the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges at the University of Melbourne to undertake research in Brussels, Belgium.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherTaylor and Francis Group
dc.rights© 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceClimate Policy
dc.subjectClimate change mitigation
dc.subjectpublic health
dc.subjectancillary benefits
dc.subjectpolicy formation
dc.titleHealth co-benefits and the development of climate change mitigation policies in the European Union
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume19
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-10-30
dc.date.issued2018-11-14
local.identifier.absfor050205 - Environmental Management
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3102795xPUB1552
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWorkman, Annabelle, University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationBlashki, Grant, University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationBowen, Kathryn, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationKaroly, David J., University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationWiseman, John, University of Melbourne
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue5
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage585
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage597
local.identifier.doi10.1080/14693062.2018.1544541
local.identifier.absseo960302 - Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
dc.date.updated2019-07-28T08:18:05Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85057308428
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