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‘The Climate Bonus: Co-benefits of Climate Policy’

Cleaner air, better health and a more efficient economy are some of the many co-benefits from investing in climate mitigation explains environmental policy expert Alison Smith in her new book ‘The Climate Bonus’. HEAL believes the assessment is food for thought for the upcoming deliberations on the 2030 climate and energy framework.

‘The Climate Bonus: Co-benefits of Climate Policy’ highlights the links between low carbon policies and their co-benefits, and shows how low carbon policies can lead to cleaner air and water; the conservation of forests; more sustainable agriculture; less waste; safer and more secure energy; cost saving measures for households and businesses and; a stronger and more stable economy. The book discusses the ways in which joined-up policies can help maximise the synergies and minimise the conflicts between climate policy and other aspects of sustainability.

By thoroughly analysing the facts, Smith presents well-reasoned and evidence based recommendations for policy-makers and those interested in achieving a healthier society. The book develops the understanding that we can use the challenge of climate change to move away from our dependence on fossil fuels to a cleaner and more sustainable future.

“This book makes a very important contribution to the climate debate. It will enable both policy makers and the general public to understand that reducing our fossil fuel dependency won’t just benefit the climate, but people’s health across the board, as a result of cleaner air, healthier diets and more opportunities for walking and cycling,“ says Genon Jensen, Executive Director of HEAL.

Read the book here

Last updated on 15 March 2013

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