Health Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation Policies and Technologies
University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)
19-20 September 2016 – UW Seattle – HUB 250
With the Paris Agreement in late 2015, the nations of the world made historic commitments to pursue climate change mitigation – activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the business community has been making unprecedented investments in mitigation activities, in recognition of the diversified set of risk management strategies needed to engage the climate issue. These commitments and investments are significant for public health, as climate change mitigation activities have immediate, substantial public health returns. In particular, investments in cleaner energy and manufacturing, lower-carbon agriculture, more efficient transport, and greener cities have been shown to improve respiratory health, reduce obesity rates, limit cardiovascular disease, and reduce overall premature mortality.
Only some of these benefits have been quantified, however, and quantification efforts often use different methods, making it difficult to synthesize and compare findings. As a result, many opportunities for highlighting the health benefits of climate change mitigation activities to policy makers and private investors have been lost.
In September 2016, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) will be hosting a conference on the health benefits of climate change mitigation policies and technologies. The overarching goal of the conference is to promote vigorous uptake of health benefits research in policies and planning and to highlight policy choices that have the greatest mitigation and health impact potential. Conference attendees will include leading scientists from around the world. Discussions will consider the status efforts to model health benefits of mitigation activities in a range of sectors and will focus on increasing consistency of modeling assumptions and approaches to enhance the policy relevance and application of health benefits research, thereby improving the evidence base to inform mitigation choices.
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September 19, 2016
|8:30AM||Welcome & Introductions||Kristie L. Ebi and Jeremy J. Hess|
|9:00AM||Keynote Opening Address||Clark Halvorson, WA State Assistant Secretary for Environmental Public Health|
|9:30AM||Panel: Policy and Decisions-makers’ Perspectives||Maura LIttle; Tony Usibelli; Dennis McLerran (EPA Region 10)|
|10:45AM||Overview of Health Co-Benefits Research||Jeremy J. Hess|
|11:15AM||Overview of Mitigation Policies and Technologies||Michael Lazarus (SEI)|
|12:45PM||Economic Framing of Co-Benefits||Gary Yohe (Wesleyan University)|
|1:15PM||Panel: Integrated Assessment Modeling of Mitigation Costs||Gary Geernaert (DOE); Steve Smith (PNNL)|
|3:00PM||Decarbonization with Renewable Energy Technologies & Implications for Health and Other Benefits||Doug Arent (NREL)|
|3:30PM||Panel: Modeling Health Co-Benefits of Pollution Reductions||Jonathan Buoncore (Harvard), Rebecca Saari (MIT), Christopher Tessum (UW), Jason West (UNC)|
|5:00PM||End of Day One|
September 20, 2016
|8:30AM||Panel: Modeling Health Co-Benefits of Active Transport and Urban Form||Maggie Grabow (Wisconsin); Paul Wilkinson (LSHTM); John Balbus (NIEHS)|
|10:20AM||Panel: Modeling Health Co-Benefits of Sustainable Dietary Changes||David Cleveland (UC Santa Barbara); Roni Neff (Johns Hopkins)|
|12:30PM||Increasing comparability of health co-benefits models||Discussion led by Alistair Woodward (University of Auckland)|
|1:30PM||Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action||Rona Birnbaum (EPA)|
|2:15PM||Including Health Co-Benefits in Assessments of Mitigation Policies||Discussion led by John Weyant (Stanford)|
|3:00PM||Including Health Co-Benefits in Local to National Policies||Discussion led by Jeff Duchin (Public Health Seattle King County) and Paul English (California DHS)|
|3:45PM||Including Health Co-Benefits in Assessments of Mitigation Policies / Research Agenda||Discussion led by Kristie L. Ebi and Jeremy Hess|
|4:45PM||Conclusions and Next Steps||Kristie L. Ebi and Jeremy Hess|
|5:00PM||End of Conference|
Climate change is a significant threat to the environment and human health, and the world has come together to recognize the importance of immediate, substantial greenhouse gas emission reductions. Governments and investors need information to guide their mitigation choices, however, and the health benefits of mitigation activities are an important variable for them to consider. CHanGE is eager to take advantage of this historic moment to highlight the intersection of climate change mitigation and public health.
Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 ES 026863 – 01 A1 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.