The PM Group focusses on solving immediate and near-term environmental (health and ecosystems impacts from pollution), climate (non-CO2 greenhouse gases), and social (widening inequality gaps) problems in a cost-effective way, providing support to policymaking at local and regional scales.

The PM Group addresses sustainability challenges in the near and long term through an improved understanding of the multiple benefits of policies and their distribution across society. The group has a strong focus on the development of new approaches for multi-sectoral policy interventions to manage pollution across different media (air, water, and soil) at various scales to address near-term concerns and enable long-term transformations and their public support towards a sustainable future. In particular, the group endeavors to enhance the systems perspective approach to address and explore issues such as the interactions and environmental impacts of pollution; assessment of sources of non-CO2 greenhouse gases; mitigation opportunities; approaches to address nutrient and material cycling; options for more equitable solutions; and improved methods for estimating the health and economic benefits of policy interventions. 

Models, tools, datasets

Air Pollution in India

Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollution Interactions and Synergies (GAINS)

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Model for Energy Supply Strategy Alternatives and their General Environmental Impact (MESSAGEix)

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ENGAGE Scenario Explorer

Projects

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Finding solutions to pollution caused by shipping in Europe (EMERGE)

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Development of a global integrated assessment modeling system for climate-air pollutants management focused on Northeast Asia (GUIDE)

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Development of a collaborative, integrated management framework to improve future air quality in Northeast Asia (AQNEA)

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Exploring National and Global Actions to reduce Greenhouse gas Emissions (ENGAGE)

Staff

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Lena Höglund Isaksson

Senior Research Scholar (PM)

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Chris Heyes

Emeritus Research Scholar (PM)

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Anna Pauls

Research Scholar (PM)

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Younha Kim

Research Scholar (PM)

News

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08 February 2024

IIASA research informs the European Commission's recommendation for 90% greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2040

The European Commission set an ambitious mid-term target, supported by an extensive Impact Assessment, paving the way to climate neutrality by 2050.
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15 November 2023

IIASA researchers again ranked among the world's most cited

IIASA is proud to announce that nine researchers associated with the institute have been recognized in the 2023 Highly Cited Researchers™ list by Clarivate.
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06 November 2023

IIASA analysis underpins the IEA World Energy Outlook, revealing rapid energy transition benefits

IIASA researchers contributed to the latest edition of the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s World Energy Outlook, which shows that there are set to be almost 10 times as many electric cars on the road, renewables are nearing half of the global power mix, and much stronger policies are needed to achieve the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement.

Events

Focus

04 October 2023

ENGAGE Summary for Policymakers

As the world faces the risks of dangerous climate change, policymakers, industry and civil society leaders are counting on Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) to inform and guide strategies to deliver on the objectives of the Paris Agreement (PA) and subsequent agreements.
ENGAGE Summary for Policymakers

03 October 2023

Stakeholder engagement in climate change solutions

Policy Brief #42, October 2023. Workshops bringing scientists together with stakeholders from various backgrounds have shown the importance of dialogue for co-designing climate pathways and highlighted the need for physical meetings and capacity building.
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Publications

Policy applications

22 February 2023

Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP)

IIASA's GAINS model shapes international negotiations on international emission reduction accords under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution.
Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP)

22 February 2023

Input to European Union Climate Policies

Since more than 10 years, IIASA's GAINS model provides scientific input to the development of the climate policy proposals of the European Commission, dealing with (a) emission projections, mitigation potentials and costs for non-CO2 greenhouse gases, and (b) interactions and synergies between climate and air pollution strategies.
Input to European Union Climate Policies

22 February 2023

European Union Air Quality Policies

Since 1995, IIASA's GAINS model has provided quantitative scientific analyses for the key air quality policy initiatives of the European Commission.
EU Air Quality Policies