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

Date

2018-11-14

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

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Taylor and Francis Group

Abstract

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 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.

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Climate change mitigation, public health, ancillary benefits, policy formation

Citation

Annabelle 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

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Climate Policy

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Journal article

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10.1080/14693062.2018.1544541

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2037-12-31