The journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL) selected a paper by La Follette School faculty member Greg Nemet and two colleagues as one of the 10 “milestone articles” during the journal’s first 10 years of publication.
Launched with a vision of inspiring collaboration between the research and policy communities, the journal reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of environmental science, the editors said in their introduction of the special highlights collection.
The paper by Nemet, Tracey Holloway, and Paul Meier – Implications of Incorporating Air-Quality Co-benefits into Climate Change Policymaking – was published in January 2010. It presented an analysis of the barriers and opportunities for incorporating air quality co-benefits into climate policy assessments.
Since the paper was published, a broad effort has emerged to take the issue of climate co-benefits seriously, Nemet said. “Perhaps most importantly, we see carefully done co-benefit studies on developing countries; this is especially encouraging to us since our paper found the highest levels of benefits there and also the fewest studies,” he said.
A UW-Madison faculty member since 2007, Nemet is an associate professor at the La Follette School and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His research and teaching focus on improving analysis of the global energy system and, more generally, on understanding how to expand access to energy services while reducing environmental impacts.
Nemet, who received his doctorate in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, has been a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Global Energy Assessment. Professor Holloway leads an air quality research program in the Nelson Institute’s Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, and Meier previously worked with the Wisconsin Energy Institute at UW-Madison.
“As international policy communities consider solutions to achieve climate goals, co-benefits must be part of the discussion to ensure that energy pathways maximize benefits to climate and public health,” Nemet said.