Examining how air quality can benefit from electrification and decarbonization strategies

11 November 2022
In a recently published paper, Ramboll and EPRI examine how US air quality can benefit from electrification and decarbonization strategies in coming decades.
2035 High Electrification | 8-hour ozone design value in ppb

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“Adopting electric end-use technologies instead of fossil-fueled alternatives, known as electrification, is an important economy-wide decarbonization strategy that also reduces criteria pollutant emissions and improves air quality,” state Ramboll and EPRI experts in a new paper in the journal Nature Communications.

In the paper, Economy-wide evaluation of CO2 and air quality impacts of electrification in the United States Ramboll air quality specialists Greg Yarwood, John Grant and Tejas Shah – together with analysts from the non-profit energy research and development organization EPRI – examine the CO2 and air quality co-benefits of electrification in a study linking a detailed energy systems model and a full-form photochemical CAMx air quality model in the US.

“We found that electrification can substantially lower CO2 and improve air quality and that decarbonization policy can amplify these trends, which yield immediate and localized benefits,” says Greg Yarwood, Principal at Ramboll.

“Our model shows much improved ozone air quality in 2035 due to electrification as compared to 2016 baseline conditions, with even greater improvement by 2050 with deep decarbonization. Our research shows that air quality can improve dramatically with energy system changes that slow down climate change.”

Nature Communications is an open access, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research in all areas of the biological, health, physical, chemical and earth sciences.

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