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This presentation discusses opportunities for developing countries to address air quality and climate change policies simultaneously, by the synergistic design of pollution taxes and conventional command and control techniques, and modeled and observed outcomes of air pollution control technologies in Central Chile that led to a 51% reduction for emergency room visits due to respiratory crisis.
Raul Alfaro-Pelico, Lead Climate Change Specialist, Climate Analytics & Advisory Services, World Bank
Marcelo Mena, Adviser, Climate Change Group, World Bank
Biochemical engineer, MS and PhD in environmental engineering at the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa. Postdoc at MIT Joint Program for the Science and Policy of Global Change. Professor from 2007 to 2014, when nominated to be Vice Minister and then Minister of the Environment for Chile, where he co-chaired the Climate and Clean Air Coalition from 2015 to 2017. He led the efforts for developing air pollution programs for Chile, including 14 new pollution attainment programs for 10 million people, the design and implementation of green taxes for the country, the networks of parks of the Patagonia, and 5 new marine protected areas that account for the largest single conservation effort in Latin-America, with a total of 1.2 million km2 of protected land and ocean. This last effort led Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, to receive a Champions of the Earth award from UN Environment in 2017, and awards by National Geographic and Oceans Unite - The Economist in 2018.