Science Policy Exchange partners from Syracuse University, the Harvard School of Public Health, School of Public Health at Boston University, and the Harvard Forest teamed up on a three-part study to analyze the impact of different policy options for power plant carbon standards on clean air and public health.

This report is the second in a three part series evaluating the effects of power plant carbon standards on air, human health, and ecosystems. These reports are being released following the announcement of the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution standards for existing power plants, which were released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released June 2, 2014.

Part 2 of the Carbon Co-Benefits Study was released on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. "Health Co-Benefits of Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants" shows that, of the three options analyzed, the carbon standard that is moderately stringent and highly flexible with the greatest amount of energy efficiency provides the largest health co-benefits—saving thousands of lives in the U.S. every year from premature death related to air pollution. By contrasting different options the authors also found that the magnitude and extent of the health co-benefits will depend on critical policy decisions in the final standards.