Air pollution health impact model

The air quality health impact model is an Excel-based tool that estimates the impacts of air pollution on mortality from a range of adulthood diseases including lung cancer and disease, heart disease and stroke. The first version of this tool focuses on electricity generation from coal-fired power plants. It is used in scenario analysis to estimate health impacts for existing and planned electricity generation plants around the globe. Results can be aggregated at the country level or extended to all countries affected by the dispersion of pollutants. We are currently developing a version of the tool that uses a similar methodology to analyse the health impacts of transport emissions in cities.

If you would like to know more about the tool, please contact Harry Fearnehough, Tessa Schiefer or Lisa Luna.

Project applications:

Capacity building for integrated and ambitious climate policy planning in Georgia and Mongolia

Return to all expertise and projects NewClimate Institute, as an implementing partner of GIZ, supports to Governments of Georgia and Mongolia with the further development of their climate policy planning. The support activities focus on the analysis of potential long-term decarbonisation pathways, support for the further integration of climate and sector-level planning processes, and planning… Read More

Ambition to Action

Supporting Argentina, Indonesia, Kenya and Thailand with the implementation of their NDCs, through the analysis of impacts and benefits of various sector pathways. Return to all expertise and projects NewClimate Institute in partnership with the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) is supporting Argentina, Indonesia, Kenya and Thailand with the implementation of their Nationally… Read More

Associated Publications:

Lignite pollutants: Roughly 320 premature deaths annually from burning Hambach coal Oct 2018 - The Hambach open-pit mine, widely covered in the news in recent weeks, supplies a significant portion of the coal that is burned in the Niederaussem and Neurath power plants in Germany’s lignite mining area of North Rhine-Westphalia. Its harmful effects on the climate and local environment are well known. Recent analysis by NewClimate Institute has estimated the direct impacts on human health of burning the coal to generate electricity. The pollutants produced by the burning of Hambach coal alone contribute to roughly 320 premature deaths per year, caused for example by heart disease or stroke.
Schadstoffe durch Braunkohle: Rund 320 vorzeitige Todesfälle pro Jahr durch Kohle aus Hambach Oct 2018 - Der in den letzten Wochen viel diskutierte Tagebau Hambach liefert einen erheblichen Teil der Kohle, die in den Kraftwerken Niederaußem und Neurath im rheinischen Braunkohlerevier verbrannt wird. Dass dies schädlich für Klima und Umwelt ist, ist lange bekannt, doch auch der direkte Einfluss auf die menschliche Gesundheit lässt sich bestimmen: Die durch Verbrennung der Hambacher Kohle erzeugten Schadstoffe tragen zu rund 320 frühzeitigen Todesfällen pro Jahr bei, etwa durch Herzerkrankungen oder Schlaganfälle. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt eine aktuelle Analyse des NewClimate Institutes.