The role of health co-benefits in the development of climate change mitigation policies in Australia, the European Union, China and the United States

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The role of health co-benefits in the development of climate change mitigation policies in Australia, the European Union, China and the United States

Australian-German Climate and Energy College
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Governments are yet to commit to action on climate change commensurate to the likelihood and severity of predicted impacts. The human health consequences of a changing climate are substantial, already being felt and will be exacerbated without ambitious and urgent action. Acting to mitigate climate change can result in ancillary benefits – or co-benefits. Numerous studies have estimated the monetised value of a range of health co-benefits that may result from the implementation of mitigation measures. Health co-benefits can partially, if not fully, offset abatement costs, providing a strong economic rationale for ambitious climate action. Research investigating the role of health co-benefits in the development of climate change mitigation policies is limited. To address this gap, I developed case studies for Australia and the European Union and analysed Chinese and American climate change policy documents to examine whether health co-benefits are considered in the development of climate change mitigation policies. I identified barriers to the consideration of health co-benefits as well as opportunities to enhance their role, and gained insights about health and the policy development process that may be useful in promoting the development of comparatively ambitious climate change mitigation policies.

Presenter

  • Ms Annabelle Workman
    Ms Annabelle Workman, Australian-German Climate and Energy College