A new study released by the International Gas Union (IGU), highlights the positive impact of natural gas on urban air quality.
In addition to the known consequences on climate change, air pollution has immediate health effects – not only in developing countries but also in the developed world, including Europe. Urban air pollution has become a top priority for local, national and international governance. Cities around the world are increasingly galvanized to act not only by environmental concerns, but by health and economic considerations as well.
The latest research compiled by the IGU highlights the interconnection that exists between reducing GHG emissions and reducing emissions of other air pollutants. Following an initial study published in December 2015, this new research presents case studies of efforts in four cities — Berlin, Dublin, Krakow and Rotterdam — that have tackled or are tackling the issue of improving urban air quality, showcasing where gas has featured as the main contributor to their efforts.
“The role for natural gas in improving air quality will be a key discussion topic at the World Gas Conference in June 2018. Senior level speakers from across the globe will be discussing and debating the opportunities for natural gas to be used in a wide variety of markets and the impact that the fuel can have on meeting climate change targets.” Commented Jay Copan, Executive Director, WGC 2018 and Special Advisor to the President of the International Gas Union.
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