SIF Air - Bringing forward solutions for improved air quality


Solutions Initiative Forum (SIF) – Air is an action-oriented event where entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, businesses, civil society, policy makers and academia come together to promote solutions to air pollution.


Wednesday August 28th
Time: 12:00-18:00


Contact the SDSN Northern Europe Secretariat.


Bringing forward Solutions for Improved Air Quality

Air pollution causes 7 million premature deaths globally every year, of which 11 000 in the Nordic countries. Improved air quality is a global challenge for human health and sustainable development — and joint problems require joint solutions.
SIF Air described this challenge and presented 20 selected hands-on solutions for improved air quality that originates from the Nordic countries.
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Dr Gary Fuller, King's College London

"It is refreshing to be in forum discussing solutions, not only science."

Thank you to all speakers, solutions and the audience for helping us putting the light on the need for sustainable solutions to improve the global air quality.

We are happy to be able to offer you the presentations of all the keynote speakers.

“Air pollution – past, present and future”, Dr. Gary Fuller, King´s College London
Dr. Gary Fuller is an air pollution scientist at the King´s College London and is also the author of “The Invisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution – and How We Can Fight Back”.
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“The public health challenge of air pollution – a WHO perspective”, Dr. Dorota Jarosińska, World Health Organization (WHO)
Dr. Dorota Jarosińska is the Programme Manager of Living and Working Environments at WHO European Centre for Environment and Health and the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
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“Clean air policies can provide powerful entry points to sustainable development solutions”, Dr. Markus Amann, IIASA
Dr. Markus Amann is the Program Director of Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), a scientific research institute located near Vienna, Austria.
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“Air quality in Oslo, challenges and actions”, Susanne Lützenkirchen, City of Oslo
Air Quality Adviser for the City of Oslo in Norway.
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Air Solutions Report

You are now able to download the Air Solutions Report which describes the sustainability challenges of air pollution and presents 20 solutions that originates from the Nordic countries and reduce air pollution from various sources.

Download your copy of the Air Solutions Report.
Get inspired by our solutions – you find them all here.


Air Quality and Health Effects in the Nordics


In the report “Future air quality and related health effects in a Nordic perspective“, a policy brief ordered by the Nordic Council of Ministers, the following is stated:

• Ambient air pollution such as ground-level ozone (O3) and particulate matter smaller than 2.5 μm (PM2.5) are associated with negative health effects for humans, for example premature deaths.

• Today air pollution causes ca. 8000–11.000 deaths every year in Nordic countries due to PM2.5 and almost 1000 deaths due to O3.

• The external costs related to these health effects of air pollution amounts to 8–13 billion Euros per year.

• Climate change alone has a small impact on the concentration of important air quality components and hence on the related health effects in the Nordic region.

• Century wide trends suggest a substantial drop (50%–80%) in the number of premature deaths due to reductions in man-made emissions of air pollutants in Europe. The associated external costs in the Nordic countries could then be reduced to between 2 and 3 billion Euros pr. year.

• Energy policies and the related changes in the building stock in the Nordic region can contribute with an additional reduction in the negative health effects related to exposure to ambient particulate matter.

• The main threat is in the ageing population: The development toward an aging society in both Europe and the Nordic region might counteract assumed benefits of policies on air pollution,since elderly people are more vulnerable to the PM2.5 exposure

Read the full report on the Nordic Co-operation website >>

Hosted by

SIF Air was organized by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in Northern Europe, the Gothenburg Air and Climate Network, Swedish National Committee for Global Environmental Change and Miljöbron as a side-event of the European Aerosol Conference – EAC 2019.

We are supporters of the World Environment Day, which is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. This year, the focus is to #BeatAirPollution!


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