European Consortium for Modelling of Air Pollution and Climate Strategies (EC4MACS)

EC4MACS provides scientific and economic analyses of policies in support of Europe’s Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and the European Climate Change Programme.

IIASA headed a consortium of leading scientific institutions to analyze the best ways of further reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

The EC4MACS project was conducted in support of Europe’s Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and the European Climate Change Programme.

EC4MACS investigations used a system of models to highlight important interactions and potentially large economic synergies between climate and air quality strategies and overall EU social and economic policy objectives.

The GAINS framework links models from IIASA and other institutions, including the RAINS integrated assessment model for air pollution; the PRIMES &energy model; the TREMOVE transport model; the CAPRI agricultural model; the Chimere atmospheric dispersion model; the GAINS-Europe model for greenhouse gas mitigation.

Model analyses, based on latest scientific findings and validated data, provided valuable information on the design of (cost-)effective strategies that meet multiple policy objectives. The Consortium developed a toolbox of well established modeling tools to explore the synergies and interactions between climate change, air quality, and other policy objectives.

The EC4MACS toolbox can now be used for scientific and economic analyses to inform the revision of the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution in 2013 and the European Climate Change Programme on climate strategies beyond 2012.

The EC4MACS toolbox provides information on the costs and benefits of the various policy options available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to further improve air quality in the European Union, while maximizing the benefits to EU energy, transport, and agricultural policies.

Read more about the EC4MACS model system.


Cost-effective approaches for reducing air pollution while minimizing climate change

What data are used?
An example for the road transport sector

Presented by Dr. Jens Borken-Kleefeld, IIASA

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Last edited: 03 June 2014


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