The 7th Saltsjöbaden Clean Air Workshop 2023

The Saltsjöbaden workshops are directed towards policymakers, scientists, and stakeholders supporting international air pollution awareness and control.

An international science and policy workshop

Over the years, the Saltsjöbaden workshops have formed a forum for informal discussions on current air pollution issues, and the outcomes from these have contributed to setting the agenda for the future. The seventh meeting, which was held in March 2023 discussed urgent issues and put forward a number of recommendations for global, regional and national collaboration

Back-to-back with Saltsjöbaden VII, the first meeting of the Forum for International Cooperation on Air Pollution (FICAP) was held. This forum aims to encourage international exchange and mutual learning, and to facilitate the sharing of science, technical and policy experience regarding air pollution. The outcome from the FICAP forum is also included in the Saltsjöbaden report.

Final Report from Saltsjöbaden VII now available

The 7th Saltsjöbaden Workshop

The workshop is directed towards policymakers, scientists, and other stakeholders supporting air pollution awareness and control on an international scale. The earlier workshops have formed a forum for informal discussions on actual air pollution problems and the outcomes have contributed to setting the agendas for the future.

The upcoming workshop will consider air pollution issues in relation to international conventions and other initiatives, such as the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP), the EU legislation on Air Pollution, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), the Arctic Council, regional air pollution agreements and initiatives outside Europe, the Stockholm Convention, and the Minamata Convention.

The workshop will be organised as part of the official meeting program of the Swedish Presidency of the European Council during the first half of 2023.

Air pollution (management) in a world under pressure

The world is under pressure. Recent time has shown increased threats to nature, health and welfare, and the entire society. Climate change, the Covid 19 pandemic and the wars in Ukraine and other parts of the world are examples of high concern threats. Air pollution should also be added.

With more than 7 million premature deaths annually and far more people suffering of bad air quality, air pollution should be ranked as global threat. In addition, the numbers of affected people are increasing and the assumption of safe levels of air pollution is less and less credible.

There are also risks for drawbacks on already achieved improvements. Important initiatives to improve the air pollution situations around the world are however under way.

The World Health Organization published in September 2021 new and stricter guidelines on air quality. A review of the CLRTAP Gothenburg protocol is expected to be finalised in 2022. UNEP recently published its report on the global status on air pollution highlighting the needs for common actions. Initiatives are also taken to control methane emissions. Finally, the linkages between climate change and biodiversity with air pollution are receiving increased attention opening for synergies in control strategies.

These and other topics will be brought up at the workshop.

The workshop is organized by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Swedish Presidency of the European Council and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute in close collaboration with the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) and with support from the Nordic Council of Ministers.

About the workshop

An issue of increasing concern is the hemispheric scale of air pollution and transport of pollutants into areas not normally considered under the Convention, in particular the Arctic.

On this topic, several initiatives are taken by international organisations such as AMAP, CLRTAP and CCAC. The ratification and implementation of the CLRTAP Protocols in the EECCA countries are issues that have been on the agenda for the last 10-15 years but still needs further consideration.

Early Career Workshop

Prior to the main workshop we would also like to invite junior professionals to an Early Career Workshop. This exercise will start with a lecture on the afternoon the 12th of March, followed by a group exercise in the form of a negotiation game on the 13th of March.