The next efforts related to the Environmental Performance Index involve a closer focus on environmental performance issue by issue. Our first area of focused effort will be air quality and air pollution; the purpose of this effort is four-fold:
- Synthesize the best thinking of scientists and practitioners about how air quality and air pollution should be measured.
- Characterize the gap between current measurement schemes and what should be done.
- Identify targets of opportunity, if they exist, to pull together useful first steps or demonstrations of how such new strategies could be rolled out.
- Galvanize action around funding and implementing the best ideas. While we will continue to produce a set of core environmental indicators, we would now like to concentrate our efforts one topic at a time, as we believe this focus will foster a deeper examination of environmental performance on the global scale.