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Co-managing carbon and air quality: pros and cons of local sustainability initiatives

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This paper reports the pros and cons of co-management (i.e. concerted actions towards climate change and air quality management) through local sustainability initiatives using three case studies, each encompassing the planning and management issues at local government levels. Case study I is policy-based and reports the outcome of a consultation exercise while case studies II and III have greater scientific bearing. These case studies pave the way for development of a more integrated Climate Change Strategy Action Plan at local scales, specifically regarding policies on emissions sources from transportation and decentralised energy. They highlight the merits and the trade-offs of implementing local scale co-management practices, using a more integrated planning framework than what is currently under offer. We recognise that delivery of such ambitious, cross-cutting agenda may be impeded, primarily owing to limited expertise in assessing the synergies and the expected outcomes from cross-fertility between these two arenas. This calls for a step-change through more cohesive, cross-disciplinary policy frameworks, going beyond the local administrative spheres to maximise the co-management potentials while mitigating the wider environmental impacts.
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Keywords: air quality; carbon emissions; co-management; green infrastructure; integrated assessment; local authorities

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK 2: Air Quality Management Resource Centre, Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of West of England, Bristol, BS16 1QY, UK

Publication date: August 3, 2014

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