European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change, European Environment Agency
Data Center Description
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched a new European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change (ETC/ACC). This centre builds on the experience gained by the former ETC's on Air Emissions and Air Quality. As compared to these predecessors, the scope has been broadened by:
-the inclusion of the climate change issue -an increased coverage of (integrated) assessment -the geographical extension of the EU area.
The main task of ETC/ACC is to assist EEA in supporting EU environmental policy and legislative frameworks and allow for adequate responses to emerging needs. Such support is brought through improving monitoring and reporting and integrated assessments. To this end the causality chain of environmental policy making: Driving forces, Pressures, State, Impacts and Responses (DPSIR) is analysed in a balanced way. The ETC/ACC activities are focused on the support of two main policy processes and frameworks:
-climate change (ECCP, EU Monitoring Mechanism and UNFCCC), and -air pollution (CAFE, and CLRTAP with its task forces such as TFEIP, TFMM and TFIAM)