Tackling air pollution – challenges for governments and industry

Event description: Citizens worldwide are suffering from air pollution which is caused to a large extent by inadequate industrial production processes. Pollutants from industrial activities are numerous and include particulate matter, volatile organic components, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide, as well as toxic metals, such as lead and mercury. According to the WHO, fine particulate matter alone is estimated to cause about 25% of lung cancer deaths, 8% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease deaths, and about 15% of ischemic heart disease and stroke.
Efforts made in the reduction of air pollution will directly contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, I particular SDG 3.9. This will in turn benefit public health systems, improve living conditions for the affected population – often the poorest people in society - and at the same time stimulate national productivity.
Governments are not only challenged to find the right policy mix and regulatory mechanisms, but they are also needed to provide clear guidance to encourage industries to embrace urgent action on air pollution. Solutions range from voluntary approaches and reporting requirements to financial incentives as well as restrictions and bans for polluting industrial activities. One of the main questions is: how best to get industries to get on board and join forces with governments?
This side event will provide a platform to present and discuss different approaches for implementing effective measures against industrial air pollution. Ministers from both industrial and developing countries as well as representatives of industry and civil society will showcase their lessons learnt on how to address air pollution in industrialized as well as emerging economies.
A light lunch will be provided.
Organizer: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Building
Partner:  South African Department for Environmental Affairs
Contact Persons: Anastasia Guretskaya (anastasia.guretskaya@bmub.bund.de), Anne-Mareike Vanselow (anne-mareike.vanselow@bmub.bund.de
Date and Time: Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 13:00 - 14:30
Venue: Conference Room 9

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