New research has been launched today by InnoEnergy and Deloitte revealed that European smog reduction could save citizens up to €183bn.
InnoEnergy is the innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe and commits to the education, innovation projects, and business creation services. InnoEnergy are supported by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). The report assesses the socio-economic impact of European smog, as well as the positive impact that European smog reduction will have, and educates on the creation of innovative projects to achieve this.
The European Commission has previously found that smog will cost the EU €475bn between 2018 and 2025, and may account for as many as one in ten premature global deaths.
European smog reduction policies
Several ideas for European smog reduction policies have emerged from the report, many of which centre around creating solutions to incentivise innovative transport solutions and decrease the use of high-emission private transport.
The transport-relation policy areas outlined include:
- Innovative low-emission transport solutions;
- Infrastructure to support the widespread adoption of alternative fuels;
- Incentivising consumers to use public transport, or increase the efficiency of traffic management to decrease the number of private vehicles on the road; and
- Creating a sustainable value chain for production, transport, and consumption
Committing to European smog reduction
The report has recommended a number of strategies to promote both a national and international precedent for the reduction of smog across the EU.
The strategies include:
- Ensuring public awareness;
- Implementing air quality policies across the socio-economic spectrum;
- Co-ordinating international efforts;
- Using both national and international policies; and
- Co-operating with the private sector.
The report also encourages collaboration between scientists and policymakers to implement smog reduction policies. The report says:’ ‘It is important to bring scientists and policymakers together. Although having strong scientific and monitoring agents involved with the issue is very important, it is not the only quintessential factor.’