Air Quality And Climate Change

Today, people in 7 out of 10 cities in developing Asian countries breathe air that is both dangerous to their health and detrimental to the environment. Several air pollutants, such as black carbon (a component of particulate matter or soot), methane, and ground level ozone, can also contribute to global warming. Unfortunately, the current state of air quality management in Asian cities varies widely in several cities and has not developed quickly enough to respond to the changing urban landscape and evolving challenges in reducing air pollution.


Air_Quality_and_Climate_ChangeClean Air Asia’s Air Quality and Climate Program (AQCC) responds to the international call for action on air pollution by engaging various sectors, such as health and the environment. We work with and support existing initiatives at the regional and national level to strengthen and prioritize integrated air quality management, especially where the burden of air pollution is high.

As the regional resource hub for air quality management training, the AQCC Program builds the capacity of stakeholders through systems such as Train-for-Clean-Air. We also developed and are continuously rolling out the Clean Air Scorecard tool in cities and provide other forms of support.

Most significantly, we lead in the development of the Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities, a recognized regional guidance resource for the implementation of the long-term vision for better air quality in Asia. The Guidance Framework builds on Clean Air Asia’s experience in air quality and climate change—an experience that spans more than a decade of work across the region.

Our Air Quality and Climate Change Program consists of three components:

  1. Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities. The Guidance Framework is being prepared together with key environmental and health expert organizations and development agencies and to be endorsed by Asia’s environment ministries through the Governmental Meetings on Urban Air Quality in Asia organized together with UNEP.
  2. Regional system for knowledge management and capacity building on air quality and GHG management. A regional system is being established in partnership with universities, research institutes, NGOs and others to support Asian governments and cities in managing air pollution and GHG emissions. Knowledge management and capacity building mechanisms are being designed to meet the needs of ministries and cities, and matched with the expertise of different partners. The aim is to move beyond isolated training courses, workshops and other events, and make better use of other mechanisms, such as city visits, city-twinning and city networks, webinars, study tours and exchange programs.
  3. Support cities on air pollution and GHG management. Clean Air Asia assesses cities’ strengths, weaknesses and needs using the Clean Air Scorecard, which also provides the basis for developing a Clean Air Report and Clean Air Action Plan, and implementing policies and measures. Our partners provide expertise and help build the capacity of local organizations that can take the lead in the future. Existing or new city networks are instrumental in city-to-city exchange and scaling up of best practices.


Goals 2016 for Asia

  • Asian countries adopt National Ambient Air Quality Standards for PM10 and PM2.5 in line with WHO interim target 1 for daily and annual levels.
  • Asian cities of more than 1 million people have air quality monitoring systems covering at least PM10, PM2.5, NO2 and SO2 and report data publicly every day.
  • Asian cities of more than 1 million people have Clean Air Plans with progress reported in annual reports.


Projects and Activities

In Progress:




 Contact Persons:

Kaye Patdu, Head of Programs:
Fu Lu, China Director:



Asian Development Bank (ADB)
AECOM Philippines
Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD)
China Civil Climate Action Network (CCAN)
Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)
Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)
Civic Exchange
China Sustainable Energy Program (Energy Foundation)
Embassy of Sweden
Fu Tak Iam Foundation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Heinrich Bohl Foundation
International Business Institute Co. LTD (IBIC)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Ministry of Environment Japan (MoEJ)
Murdoch University
Oak Foundation
Philippine Business of Environment (PBE)
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
SEE Foundation
Stockholm Environment Institute
Shakti Foundation
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Swiss-Vietnamese Clean Air Program (SVCAP)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP-ROAP)
UPS Foundation
International Environment Partnership
United States Environmental Protection Agency
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO-Western Pacific Region (WHO-WPRO)
World Bank
Wuppertal Institute


Private Sector Partners:

Pilipinas Shell
San Miguel Corporation