Clean 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.
Transportation emissions are a significant contributor to harmful air pollution in Asia, a region where rapid urbanization is fueling a growing demand for mobility, resulting in the doubling of motor vehicle fleets every five to seven years. Cities in the region suffer from the highest air pollution levels in the world, with a significant proportion emanating from transport. In order to decouple rising emissions from economic growth and urbanization, the development of sustainable modes of transport and the implementation of policies and measures aimed at reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are required.
Clean Air Asia’s Sustainable Transport Program is working with governments to develop policies, build awareness and capacity to make transport sustainable, promote data and analysis-driven decision-making, and encourage increased investments in sustainable urban development, including for walking and cycling.
The Sustainable Transport Program has three components:
Clean Air Asia’s Clean Fuels and Vehicles Program is supporting countries in the development, strengthening and implementation of fuel-quality, vehicle-emission, and fuel-economy standards. It has created venues – such as the ASEAN Forum for Clean Fuels and Vehicles – that bring together governments, the private sector, development agencies, investors and civil society to advance policies at the regional level.
Clean Air Asia’s Green Freight and Logistics Program helped initiate the Global Green Freight Action Plan under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Diesel Emissions Initiative, launching the Green Freight and Logistics agenda on to the world stage. The program continues to develop and lead green freight logistics concepts and projects in Asia, and is working towards a Regional Cooperation Agreement on Green Freight in Asia in cooperation with the United Nations Centre for Regional Development, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and other partners.
Clean Air Asia’s Low Emissions Urban Development Program is working with governments and cities at the policy level, particularly on the integration of “avoid-shift-improve” strategies (reduce or avoid the need to travel; shift to or maintain share of more environmentally friendly modes; improve the energy efficiency of transport modes and vehicle technology), building awareness and capacity, promoting campaigns designed to bolster investments in sustainable urban development, and improving walking and cycling infrastructure and policies.