The first set of partnering cities from both Asia and the US was presented on 11 August 2015 in Washington D.C. during the Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP) Workshop hosted by the US EPA and co-organized by US EPA, EPAT and Clean Air Asia.
CCAP is a Clean Air Asia-led initiative that aims to set 200 Asian cities on the pathway towards achieving air quality improvement year by year. It is supported by the International Environmental Partnership (IEP).
To accelerate the implementation of city-level air quality management, eight cities have entered into voluntary partnerships facilitated under the CCAP’s City-to-City Cooperation (C3) Program. US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, EPAT Minister Kuo-Yen Wei and Clean Air Asia Board of Trustees Chair and Health effects Institute Vice-President Robert O’Keefe were notable attendees and speakers at the recognition event.
The four partnering cities under the C3 Program are: Kitakyushu and Haiphong, Pasig and Taipei, Taichung and San Jose and Bangkok and San Diego. The list of cities under C3 is expected to grow as more cities join CCAP, with an aim to reach over 200 cities within the next five years.
“We believe that cities, regardless of their air quality management capacities, have something to share and to learn from each other in respect to improving air quality. The partnered cities have or will agree on concrete and clear action lists,” said Clean Air Asia Executive Director Bjarne Pedersen. “The partnering is based on the needs of the cities and within the resources that cities can allocate, and so providing a realistic yet nimble and flexible framework for real progress towards better air quality.”
“The core of C3 is the action list, which contains a number of activities that cities agree to complete in the course of the cooperation. These action lists capture knowledge and best practices, and provide cities with roadmaps to improve air quality. Cities will be awarded for completing the action lists,” explained Clean Air Asia Deputy Executive Director Glynda Bathan.
Bathan also mentioned that award ceremonies will be held biennially during Clean Air Asia’s Better Air Quality Conferences (BAQ), an international event that gathers over 800 experts on air quality. The next BAQ will be held on August 2016 in Busan, South Korea and jointly held with the World Clean Air Congress.
The eight partnering cities have agreed on concrete technical cooperation areas they wish to undertake during the partnerships setting the cities on a path towards better air quality. The Haiphong and Kitakyushu cooperation will focus on estimating emissions from Haiphong’s port operations and take concrete steps in helping Haiphong realize its goal of becoming a green port city. Taipei and Pasig will focus on sharing knowledge on how to develop and implement a successful public bike sharing system. The design of a low-emission and low-carbon development area is one of the key areas that Taichung would want to learn from San Jose. Bangkok would like to learn from cities such as San Diego, how to potentially address emissions from diesel vehicles, and construction and road dust.
“CCAP is quickly becoming one of the strongest city level initiatives that we have on air quality in the Asia Pacific region that also deals with the ongoing challenges of climate change,” said US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Cities know more than anyone how to figure out how to face these challenges together. This is really now a global coalition of environmental partners and within that partnership we can share experiences, best practices and look at best technologies in a friendly and collaborative way.”
The announcement was made on the second day of the Cities Clean Air Partnership Workshop in a session held in the Rachel Carson Great Hall (Green Room) of the US EPA William Jefferson Clinton South Building in Washington DC. See photos of the US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and EPAT Minister Kuo-Yen Wei with the city representatives:
Kitakyushu and Haiphong cities represented by Seiko Kubo, Director of the International Environmental Strategies Division, Kitakyushu Environment Bureau and Pham Quoc Ka, Deputy Director of the Haiphong Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Tran Van Phuong, Secretary for Environmental Affairs of the Haiphong City People’s Committee, and Le Son, Inspector in Chief, Haiphong Department of Natural Resources and Environment
Taichung and San Jose cities represented by Kun-Ming Kuo, Deputy Secretary of the Taichung Environmental Protection Bureau and Rene Eyerly, Sustainability and Compliance Manager, Environmental Services Department, City of San Jose
Taipei and Pasig cities represented by Kuo-su Chiu, Director of the Taipei Environmental Protection Department and Raquel Austria Naciongayo, City Government Department Head II of the Pasig City Environmental & Natural Resources Office
Bangkok and San Diego cities represented by Siriporn Piyanawin, Director of Air Quality and Noise Management Division of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Cody Hooven, Sustainability Manager, Economic Development Department of the City of San Diego
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RITCHIE (CHEE) ANNE ROÑO
Cities Clean Air Partnership