Sumary of How to kick-start the decoupling of emissions from economic growth in MENA:
- The burning of organic materials (such as fossil fuels, wood, and waste) for heating/cooling, electricity, mobility, cooking, disposal, and the production of materials and goods (such as cement, metals, plastics, and food) leads to emissions.
- In a recent blog, we showed that the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) lags behind all other regions in decoupling air pollutant emissions from economic growth.
- virtually all of its population is exposed to levels deemed unsafe.
- In 2019, exposure to excessive PM2.5 levels was associated with almost 300,000 deaths in MENA and it caused the average resident to be sick for more than 70 days in his or her lifetime.
- A good understanding of the emission sources leading to air pollution is necessary to planning for how to best reduce them.
- 5 priority barriers and opportunities for policy reforms to kick-start decoupling A forthcoming report titled “Blue Skies, Blue Seas” discusses these measures, alongside many others, in more detail.
- 1. Knowledge about air pollution and its sources is limited, with sparse ground monitoring stations.
- Detailed source apportionment studies have only been carried out for a few cities within the region, with results often not easily accessible for the public.