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The clean development mechanism and & urban air pollution: a handbook for policymakers
Lefevre, T.; Todoc, J.L.; Thiansathit, W.; Gomez Caldes, N.; Claude Labriet, M.; Bakker, S.J.A.; Smekens, K.E.L.; Leunis, L.; Leteng, Lin; Dass, A.; Bordoloi, A.; Rahmah, A.; Salim, N.
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 31-1-2008
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-O--08-011 Other
Number of pages: Full text:
60 Download PDF  

Urban air pollution is a serious health problem in large Asian cities. Often policymakers in those cities are not sufficiently equipped with budget or capacity to address urban air pollution. The clean development mechanism (CDM) could provide finance for air pollution reduction if the measures taken also reduce greenhouse gases. Indeed, there is room for synergy, as there is often a strong sectoral overlap between sources of air pollution and sources of greenhouse gases. This handbook is based on the results an EU Asia Pro Eco co-funded project “CURB-AIR: CDM and urban air pollution: partnerships enhancing synergies in urban air and health in Kyoto mechanisms”. The CURB-AIR project intends to pave the way for projects that both improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases emissions. The handbook aims to be a guide for policymakers, civil servants and anyone who is interested in the issue of CDM, urban air pollution and climate change. The Handbook consists of five chapters. Chapter 1 reviews the key issues of the synergy between air pollution, CDM, and climate change. Chapter 2 provides an overview of the various steps which constitute the CDM process. Chapter 3 examines the different types of CDM methodologies that could be applied to projects that contribute to improving urban air quality. Chapter 4 presents four case studies that examine the CDM methodological issues of urban projects that both improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases emissions. Finally, Chapter 5 highlights the key conclusions with regard to the synergy between CDM and urban air pollution.

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