Integrating Clean Energy Policies with Strategies on Air Quality and Climate Change
At the international conference Scientific Advances on Air Quality and Their Application to Public Policies in Mexico City, Chris James presented strategies for integrated multi-pollutant planning for energy and air quality, a concept also known as IMPEAQ. As Mexico plans for the implementation of a 2012 law to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the nation is also preparing to amend and strengthen its air quality laws. Mr. James underscored that jurisdictions not pursuing integrated energy and air quality strategies will be at an economic disadvantage, public health disadvantage, or both. While politicians are unlikely to pursue integration until regulators do, regulators can often be prescriptive about the objectives, coordination, processes, and methods for energy and air quality programs and plans.