Publication Details

Title: Quantifying the Ancillary Benefits of the Representative Concentration Pathways on Air Quality in Europe
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: September 2015
Published In: Environmental and Resource Economics

This paper presents economic benefit estimates of air quality improvements in Europe that occur as a side effect of GHG emission reductions. We consider two climate policy scenarios from two representative concentration pathways (RCPs), in which radiative forcing levels are reached in 2100. The policy tool is a global uniform tax on all GHG emissions in the integrated assessment model WITCH. The resulting consumption patterns of fossil fuels are used to estimate the physical impacts and the economic benefits of pollution reductions on human health and on key assets by implementing the most advanced version of the ExternE methodology with its impact pathway analysis. The mitigation scenario compatible with (Formula presented.) (RCP 2.6) reduces total pollution costs in Europe by 84 %. Discounted cumulative ancillary benefits are equal to about €1.7 trillion between 2015 and 2100, or €17 per abated tonne of (Formula presented.) in Europe. The less strict climate policy scenario (RCP 4.5) generates benefits equal to €15.5 per abated tonne of (Formula presented.). Without discounting, the ancillary benefits are equal to €46 (RCP 2.6) and €51 (RCP 4.5) per tonne of (Formula presented.) abated. For both scenarios, the local benefits per tonne of (Formula presented.) decline over time and vary significantly across countries.

Ivan Allen College Contributors:
External Contributors: Milan Šcasný, Jan Melichar, Samuel Carrara

Environmental and Resource Economics. ISSN 0924-6460. DOI 10.1007/s10640-015-9969-y.

  • Clean Energy
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
Related Departments:
  • Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory
  • School of Public Policy