Evaluating Black Carbon Cuts in Finland (MACEB)

IIASA researchers used the GAINS model, in partnership with Finnish scientists, to develop a tool to evaluate the climate effects of reducing black carbon emissions from different economic sectors

IIASA collaborated with three research groups from Finland to look at how Arctic warming can be mitigated through control of black carbon emissions in Europe.

The MACEB project assessed black carbon concentrations and corresponding radiative forcing over the Arctic region and linked them with the emissions from various sources and regions. 

Black carbon, a product of incomplete combustion, is emitted as particles that absorb sunlight and potentially warm the climate. Due to its relatively short lifetime in the atmosphere, black carbon is considered a short-lived climate forcer. Major sources of black carbon aerosols include domestic wood burning stoves and boilers, diesel engines, flaring of natural gas, open biomass burning, and shipping.  

MACEB aimed to demonstrate the best approach to mitigate Arctic warming from black carbon; to assess the impact of current air quality regulations and other relevant legislation; and to share black carbon emission mitigation procedures with other research institutions and national governments within the European Union.

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Last edited: 30 June 2015


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