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This page discusses the Cities Clean Air Partnership, a program being developed by Clean Air Asia alongside initial founding agencies U.S. EPA, EPAT and other agencies in California. It was launched on August 8, 2014 in San Francisco. Find out more about CCAP in the Q&A below.
What is the Cities Clean Air Partnership?
The Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP) will strengthen air quality management in Asian cities, and significantly contribute to reducing the health impacts of air pollution and climate change in Asia. The program shall drive measurable and replicable environmental results and several co-benefits for participating cities through actions taken at city level. CCAP, which was rolled out in 2015, will
(a) establish an innovative certification framework based on the proven relationship between scientific, systematic, and institutional actions taken at the city level and long-term air quality improvements,
(b) empower cities through direct technical assistance, financial incentives and other forms of support, and foster both cooperation and peer-to-peer learning through a cities partnering program that will enable them to plan and implement clean air actions, and
(c) create a comprehensive online “knowledge platform” that will facilitate information sharing and expert-to-expert collaboration by linking experts from around the globe to strengthen air quality management capacity of cities.
The U.S. EPA, EPAT, and both the Bay Area and South Coast Air Quality Management Districts are the initial partners in creating this new framework of cooperation, which will be an open initiative involving more participating cities and partners in the future.
What is the objective of CCAP?
The overall objective of the CCAP is to improve air quality and contribute to more livable and healthy cities in Asia which will be achieved through these two main strategies:
- To establish a comprehensive platform for cities in the Asia-Pacific region to cooperate in the field of air quality protection and address air quality challenges, and
- To create a certification program which provides incentives for clean air action and progress at the city level.
What innovations does CCAP have to offer?
The core innovation of CCAP is a certification framework based on the proven relationship between scientific, systematic, and institutional actions taken at the city level and long-term air quality improvements and other co-benefits such as improved health and general well-being of people living in cities (especially those most affected by air pollution such as the urban poor, women, the elderly, and those with weak health conditions), and reduction of greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants.
As developer and lead, Clean Air Asia lends the program its network and experience in the region. Clean Air Asia’s science-based approach, proven experience, and use of unique tools such as its Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities—an authoritative guidance document being developed for policy and decision makers to address key urban air quality issues in Asia—enhances CCAP’s effectiveness in achieving lasting impact in Asian cities.
Direct support to cities to facilitate city partnerships is a key feature of CCAP that ensures the commitment of participating cities and strengthens results and impact. Support to cities includes a comprehensive online “knowledge platform” that will facilitate information sharing and expert-to-expert collaboration to strengthen air quality management capacity of cities.
In 2014, the following milestones were achieved:
- CCAP launch in San Francisco, California with U.S. EPA, EPAT, South Coast Air District, Bay Area District, and California Public Utilities Commission as initial partners,
- kick-off consultations on the city certification framework held at the Better Air Quality 2014 Conference in Sri Lanka, where city associations (ICLEI, United Cities and Local Governments – Asia Pacific, CITYNET) and international air quality and climate experts recognized the game-changing potential of certification to drive measurable and replicable air quality improvements and co-benefits through city-level actions for clean air (CCAP session documents at BAQ, and
- seven pioneer cities support CCAP (Taoyuan, Taichung, Baguio, Pasig, Colombo, Kathmandu, Haiphong) and were announced at the BAQ 2014 Conference.
Asia-Pacific Clean Air Partnership Launched to Fight Global Air Pollution (U.S. EPA Region 9 Press Release)
Cities Clean Air Partnership – a potential game-changer in fighting air pollution in Asian cities
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Partnership to advance Asia-Pacific region air-cleanup underway
Asia-Pacific Clean Air Partnership Launched to Fight Global Air Pollution (http://www.ecology.com)
U.S. EPA welcomes Colombo participation in Cities Clean Air Partnership
U.S. EPA commends Colombo’s participation in Cities Clean Air Partnership