Energy and Air Pollution: World Energy Outlook Special Report.

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 6.11.20 pmBy the International Energy Agency (IEA), June 2016

This in-depth 266 page special report is dedicated for the first time to the links between energy, air pollution and health. It sets out in detail the scale, causes and effects of the massive negative health impacts from the energy industry and the ways in which the energy sector can contribute to a solution. Air pollution is a major public health crisis, with many of its root causes and cures to be found in the energy sector. Around 6.5 million deaths are attributed each year to poor air quality, making this the world’s fourth largest threat to human health, behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking.

The IEA proposes a cost-effective strategy, based on existing technologies and proven policies, to cut pollutant emissions by more than half compared with their main scenario. This policy path is one in which the energy sector takes determined action, co-ordinated effectively with others, to deliver a comprehensive overall improvement. The Clean Air Scenario rests instead on a suite of policy measures that are adapted in tailored combinations to reflect different national and regional settings.

Download the full report here.