On 16 June, IGES co-sponsored a webinar titled “Integrating Clean Air and Climate Actions in Cities: Lessons Learned on Co-Benefits in Asia”, and also released guidelines on co-benefits Integrating air pollution and climate change in a single set of policies or actions could save cities time and money on two of their most pressing problems. Many cities have become more aware of the potential of integrated solutions to deliver clean air, a stable climate, and improved health while saving time and money. But awareness of these co-benefits has not always translated into actions capable of achieving them. Part of the reason for this shortfall is that fulfilling this promise requires cities to 1) possess knowledge of core co-benefits concepts; 2) employ decision-making tools to identify technological and behavioral solutions based on that knowledge; and 3) support the implementation and spread of those solutions with policy and governance reforms. Participants in the webinar learned about approaches, experiences, and needs of cities in Asia on adopting the co-benefits approach.
With more than half the world’s population classified as urban, whether the world achieves global climate change goals increasingly rests on cities. Yet, many policymakers at the city level place clean air and public health before mitigating climate change.
Fortunately, since emissions contributing to air pollution and climate change often come...