Emissions Trading Also Creates Health Benefits

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Photo: UHH/Grunau European emissions standards, which were tightened during the
Photo: UHH/Grunau European emissions standards, which were tightened during the same time as emission trading was operating, might have also contributed to the reduction in air pollutants.

The EU Emissions Trading System is not only good for reducing CO2 and for the climate. It also results in considerable health benefits due to reduced air pollution and saves hundreds of billions of euros, according to a recently released study by a team at Universität Hamburg.

The research team from the Cluster of Excellence Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS) at Universität Hamburg analyzed the indirect effects of the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) on hazardous air pollutants such as sulfur oxide, particulate matter, and nitrogen oxides. "The EU ETS has already amply proven that it is doing its job as Europe’s central climate protection instrument by reducing greenhouse gas emissions," explains Jonas Grunau. ...

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