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BU Researcher Looks at Health Benefits of Low-Carbon Energy Policy

Renewable electricity projects and energy efficiency measures could have health benefits worth millions of dollars a year, according to a study co-authored by Dr. Jonathan Levy, a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) professor of environmental health.

The study, published online in Nature Climate Change, found that the value of such projects varies greatly depending on the type of projects and where they are located. Generating electricity from low-carbon energy sources and cutting energy demand reduces the need for fossil fuel power generation, decreasing emissions of harmful gases such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide.

The authors conclude that the benefit of implementing such strategies ranged from $5.7 million to $210 million a year, depending on the project type and location. They suggest that their tool could be used to make decisions about which energy and environmental policies to implement across the U.S.

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