Black Carbon Mitigation in Developing Countries

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 9:00pm

Black carbon is the third most important warming agent after carbon dioxide and methane and a principal component of indoor air pollution, which causes an estimated 1.8 million deaths a year. Black carbon has long been an object of regulation in the developed world – the United States has reduced black carbon emissions by over half since 1950 and by 75 percent since emissions peaked in 1920, with similar declines occurring in Western Europe. The vast majority of black carbon emissions now come from developing nations, which also have higher per-capita emissions of black carbon than the developed world, indicating substantial opportunities for abatement.

This workshop brought together atmospheric scientists, climate policy specialists, public health and development experts to explore various policy options for black carbon mitigation, including: incorporation into the existing climate policy regime, creation of a new black carbon protocol under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, incorporation into the trans-boundary air pollution regime, and extension of multilateral and bilateral development programs. 

Organizer: Rob Bailis, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies