HARC’s work in Air Quality research and management includes air quality modeling, emission reduction technologies, emissions monitoring technology and policy, and regional impacts of and adaptations to climate change. Our air research program is multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, objective and non-partisan. Our work on air issues synthesizes rigorous research and policy assessment in a dynamic way that has become a HARC trademark in the region.
Projects & Programs
In 2008 and 2009, the City of Houston published an Emissions Reduction Plan that has driven much of the City’s current energy efficiency and renewable energy activity.
The electric system is experiencing rapid growth in the adoption of a mix of distributed renewable and fossil fuel sources, along with increasing amounts of off-grid generation.
In 2015 HARC completed a project that identified the primary sources of fine particulate matter or PM2.5 pollutants in Harris County as well as the control measures that can be used to reduce them. Each control measure has a unique efficiency and cost.
The phenomenon of wintertime smog at rural oil and gas sites in the Uinta Basin of Utah was the subject of the Uinta Basin Ozone Study (UBOS).