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The largest air quality event in Asia- Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2014, integrated with the Intergovernmental 8th Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 19-21 November. 20 China participants including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Dalian, Harbin and Jilin cities, led by Mr. Chen Liang, Director General of Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of Ministry of Environmental Protection of China (FECO-MEP), and coordinated by Clean Air Asia (CAA) China office, attended BAQ2014. China presentations showed great efforts China has been made in both national and city levels in addressing air pollution, which attracted much attention among the audience.
Mr. Chen Liang delivered an opening speech at the Clean Air Plenary. He introduced the progress China has been made on air pollution prevention and control since 2013, and the International Clean Air Platform FECO-MEP is working on. The meeting between Mr. Chen Liang and Mr. Bjarne Pedersen, Executive Director of Clean Air Asia was held, discussing how to strengthen collaboration in the near future.
Meeting between FECO-MEP and Clean Air Asia (from left to right): Wang Yong, Director of FECO-MEP, Fu Lu, China Director of CAA, Chen Liang, Director General of FECO-MEP, Bjarne Pedersen, Executive Director of CAA, Robert O’Keefe, President of CAA Board of Trustees, Glynda Bathan, Deputy Executive Director of CAA.
Asian Country Roundtable Session was held during BAQ. Fu Lu, China Director of CAA and Wang Yong, Director of FECO-MEP hosted the China roundtable. Priority areas with respect to coal, vehicle, industry, area sources emission control and regional air quality management were discussed for the next two years. It is expected that Clean Air Asia, as a trusted and reliable third party, will provide more good practices analysis and case studies of international experience, and promote better communication between different stakeholders on air quality management in China.
China Roundtable Session at BAQ2014
Speakers from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou shared their own experiences during the “Cities’ Solutions for Clean Air” Session at BAQ2014. Mr. Zhang Dawei, Director of Beijing Environmental Protection Monitoring Center introduced Beijing air quality monitoring network and Beijing’s air quality status and causes. Ms. Wang Qian, Chief Forecaster of Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center presented air quality forecast system in Shanghai and Yangzi River Delta and future plans. Mr. Huang Zhuoer, Chief Engineer of Guangzhou Environmental Monitoring Central Station shared their developed online PM2.5 source apportionment system.
Dr. Wang Yanjun, Vehicle Emission Control Center, Ministry of Environmental Protection of China (VECC-MEP) was invited to share China diesel emission control status, vehicle emission standards and fuel quality improvement, and progress on black carbon control .
As a member of Clean Air Asia Board of Trustees, Prof. He Kebin with Tsinghua University attended the board member meeting of Clean Air Asia during BAQ2014. He hoped that Clean Air Asia will put more resources on air quality management considering the impact of Clean Air Asia made in the field of air pollution prevention and control has become more and more significant in China.
The BAQ Conference is a flagship event of Clean Air Asia covering the key sectors of air quality management, transport, energy and industry, with a particular emphasis on government policies and measures. Policy makers, practitioners and industry leaders meet at BAQ to network, innovate, learn and share experiences. The biennial event was firstly held in 2002 and attracts close to a thousand participants from Asia and the rest of the world.
Clean Air Asia China Office, China@cleanairasia.org
For more information: http://baq2014.org/