Air pollution accountability of environmental regulations in China

China has made impressive progress improving its air quality over the last decade. These changes have likely been spurred by environmental regulations. Future regulatory actions will benefit from a detailed accounting of the emissions, air quality, and health benefits directly attributable to existing regulations.

Annual average PM2.5 concentration in Beijing.

In work funded by the Health Effects Institute, I will work with an international, cross-disciplinary team to directly quantify benefits of environmental regulations targeting autmoboiles, power plants, and more. We’ll use chemical transport models and source apportionment techniques to attribute improvements in air quality to changes in emissions. In addition, we will employ direct accountability approaches to quantify health benefits to individual regulations.

Lucas RF Henneman
Postdoctoral Fellow

Linking regulations to emissions, air quality, and health