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Effects of Energy Production and Consumption on Air Pollution and Global Warming

DOI: 10.4236/jpee.2014.28003, PP. 25-30

Keywords: Energy Generation, Energy Utilization, Air Quality Implications, GHG Emissions, Jamaica

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In this study, different fuel combinations that can be adopted to reduce the level of air pollution and GHG emissions associated with the energy generation are assessed; and the air pollution and global warming effects of the Jamaican electricity generation fuel mix are determined. Based on the energy production and consumption patterns, and global warming potentials; the authors conclude that: Increase in energy consumption and generation yields increase in emissions of major air pollutants and GHGs; Choice of the fuel mix determines the success of GHG emissions reductions; and there is no single fuel that is not associated with GHG or other air pollution or environmental degradation implications.

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