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The 1979 Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution

Adam Byrne assesses a landmark environmental treaty on its 35th Anniversary

The 1979 Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution

In a newly published paper, Adam Byrne (UCL Geography) argues that, despite successes in reducing air pollution in Western Europe, a great deal of work remains to be done.

The 1979 Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) faces significant challenges of participation, implementation, the empowerment of domestic stakeholders, and funding, particularly with regards to the countries of Eastern Europe, the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA).

The Convention was adopted under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and covers the European Union, North America, Turkey, and EECCA. Its agreed protocols address a range of pollutants, including industrial and vehicle emissions resulting in acid rain, ground-level ozone, heavy metal pollution, and agricultural chemicals (pesticides and ammonia). Black carbon, a short-lived climate forcer, has also recently been incorporated into the regulatory framework.

Publishing in Transnational Environmental Law, Adam’s paper sets out to:

  • Explore the strengths and weaknesses of the regime established by the 1979 CLRTAP, focusing on regime design – the legal, institutional, and normative elements of the regime.
  • Test Daniel Bodansky’s argument that international environmental law is ‘art and craft’, and that regime design can be successfully evaluated.
  • Consider the relationship of the 1979 CLRTAP to European and International Environmental Law.

 

     

    A first view of the paper is available at:

    http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9555552&fileId=S2047102514000296

    And

    http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1461140/


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    Vehicles: a significant source of LRTAP


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