Mission & History


Clean Air Asia was established in 2001 as the premier air quality network for Asia by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and USAID. We are an international non-governmental organization leading a regional mission for better air quality, and healthier, more livable cities throughout Asia. Our mission is to promote better air quality and livable cities by translating knowledge to policies and actions that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from transport, energy and other sectors.

We work with partners to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions across Asia by building capacity, advocating for effective and appropriate policies and practice, and informing stakeholders of air pollution and climate change impacts. We aim to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in 1000+ cities in Asia through a range of innovative policies and programs covering air quality, transport and industrial emissions, and energy use.

We work with energy, environment, health and transport ministries, cities, the private sector, development agencies, academia and civil society to provide leadership and technical knowledge in Air Quality and Climate Change, and Sustainable Transport (Low Emissions Urban Development, Clean Fuels and Vehicles, and Green Freight and Logistics). Since 2008, Clean Air Asia has been a United Nations-recognized partnership comprised of almost 250 organizations in Asia and internationally, with six Country Networks (Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam).

Mouse over on the points to view the milestones of Clean Air Asia over the years.