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Togo’s new climate policies reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality

The University of Lomé and the Stockholm Environment Institute have supported Togo’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to adopt a more ambitious climate change target. In The Conversation, Chris Malley explains that the key was identifying the additional benefits that climate actions would achieve.

Chris Malley / Published on 10 November 2022
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Like many African cities, Lomé, the capital of Togo, has a pollution problem.

Its ambient (outdoor) air pollution levels exceed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for human health protection. Air pollution is the world’s largest environmental health risk. In Togo, a country of 8 million people, it contributes to 6,700 premature deaths per year.

Air pollutant emissions and emissions that contribute to climate change come largely from the same sources. So it makes sense to tackle the two issues together. The question is, how?

We evaluated the impact that implementing ten mitigation measures in Togo would have on reducing air pollutants and climate pollutants simultaneously.

Chris Malley, SEI Senior Research Fellow

The integrated assessment identified measures which could significantly reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. This work shows us that it is possible to increase motivation for more ambitious climate action by identifying and quantifying the additional benefits, such as improving citizen’s health, that action will achieve.

Read the journal article about the assessment


Chris Malley

Senior Research Fellow

SEI York

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