Air and Climate Change Research
Our mission is to advance science and technology to support the Agency’s environmental protection goals for clean air by characterizing emissions, developing and evaluating technologies, and performing holistic assessments of cost-effective multi-media environmental management approaches for a healthy and sustainable environment.
Science to Protect the Air We Breathe
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) functions as both a scientific and regulatory agency of the United States. Research conducted under the EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) helps provide the basis for the formulation of environmental policies and programs. ORD's National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL), plays a vital role in the scientific research mission at EPA by focusing on the development and evaluation of solutions to environmental problems faced by EPA, local state agencies, and the public. As the research laboratory focused on risk management research within ORD, we seek to provide research that will enable the Agency to develop the most effective and sustainable approaches to protecting human health and the environment.
As part of NRMRL, the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division (APPCD) supports the Agency’s environmental protection goals by:
- Providing direct support to Agency’s regulatory and voluntary programs.
- Developing and evaluating emissions and cost effective risk management options for sources including power plants,industrial/commercial processes, natural sources, on- and off-road vehicles, and indoor materials and products.
- Developing and demonstrating technologies to prevent and control air pollution from key industries, electric power plants, waste incinerators, indoor environments and sources of greenhouse gases.
APPCD’s research incorporates system costs to enable the development and application of efficient, reliable, and cost-effective techniques that lead to successful pollution prevention and control strategies. Research includes characterization of emissions from major air pollutant sources verification of the performance of innovative technologies. APPCD maintains a close working relationship with trade and professional organizations, industry, and academia to design, develop, and evaluate innovative pollution management technologies and methods. APPCD also provides assistance to development and deployment of environmental technologies internationally, by involvement in clean technology development projects.
The Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division concentrates efforts in four research areas:
- Climate Climate / Technology Assessment,
- Source / Emissions Characterization,
- Combustion / Emission Control, and
- Indoor Air Quality.
Our research, conducted and managed by, scientists, managers and administrative professionals is accomplished through a variety of mechanisms including:
- in-house research conducted by EPA engineers and scientists,
- cooperative agreements with academia and non-profit organizations;
- interagency agreements with other federal entities; and
- contracts with environmental consultants and for-profit companies.