The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency was hosting the annual meeting which was held in their fairly new office in the district of Hammarby in Stockholm.
Representatives of the four work packages reported on the research done so far and what direction they plan the rest of the program period.
Air pollution is a complex field of knowledge
HC Hansson from Stockholm University (in the picture above) presented his conclusions on the overall results in SCAC. According to them air pollution has effects in many fields:
- Our results indicate that we are changing the heating systems of the earth. In our research we use a number of different indicators, which can make the results complicated. We have to make them possible to understand, HC Hansson stressed.
Strong need for continued research
As SCAC 2 will end in the spring of 2020, the motivation and requirements for future research were discussed.
A lot of research in the SCAC area can be linked to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. One idea is further studies of the medical effects from air pollution and noise, using the medical study Scapis where 30,000 Swedes are included.
- If SCAC is to be useful to policy makers to meet major societal needs, we have to reach results which can be used in relation to politically decided societal goals and existing environmental quality standards, said John Munthe, program manager of SCAC.
Finally, the annual meeting set the date for the final conference of SCAC: it will be held in Stockholm May 19, 2020.
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