The Arctic is a vital region that helps preserve the balance of the global climate. The Arctic environment is particularly sensitive to short-lived climate pollutants, due to their strong warming effect. Based on a suite of modelling tools, the OECD provides projections of different scenarios on policy action to reduce air pollution with a 2050 time horizon. Further policy action to improve air quality in these countries would result in health and environmental benefits, while also resulting in economic benefits since the health and the environmental impacts of air pollution generate considerable economic costs to society.
This launch event co-organised by the OECD and Iceland’s Arctic Council Chairmanship, presented the main insights of the OECD report: The Economic Benefits of Air Quality Improvements in Arctic Council Countries, which calls for ambitious policy action to reduce air pollution in Arctic Council countries, highlighting the environmental, health, and economic benefits from policy action.