About Us


Clean Air Asia was established in 2001 as the premier air quality network for Asia by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and USAID. Its 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.

Since 2007, Clean Air Asia is a UN recognized partnership of more than 250 organizations in 31 countries in Asia and worldwide and 8 Country Networks (China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam), and is supervised by a Partnership Council.

The Clean Air Asia acts as the Secretariat of the Clean Air Asia Partnership and is a registered non-stock non-profit organization headquartered in Manila, and with offices in Beijing and Delhi. The Clean Air Asia is governed by its Articles of Incorporation, By-laws and Operations Manual approved by its Board of Trustees (BoT).


As a trusted change maker, Clean Air Asia uses knowledge and partnerships to enable Asia's 1000 cities and national governments understand problems, identify solutions and implement these effectively. Clean Air Asia’s outcomes are therefore that for air quality and greenhouse gas management:

  • Decision makers use reliable analysis, knowledge, data and effective tools to understand the problems and identify solutions
  • Stakeholders at the city, national and regional level cooperate better through networks and partnerships
  • Policies and programs are in place that are science-based, stakeholder inclusive, and effective.


Clean Air Asia has a four-year strategy 2013-2016 that details Clean Air Asia’s value proposition and outcomes, the goals for Asia under each of the four programs and the role that Clean Air Asia plays in achieving these. These programs are: Air Quality & Climate Change, Low Emissions Urban Development,Clean Fuels and Vehicles, and Green Freight and Logistics. In addition, Clean Air Asia organizes the Better Air Quality conference (www.baqconference.org) every two years since 2002 and is Asia’s leading conference on the topic of air quality, climate change, transport, energy and cities,bringing together more than 600 practitioners, policy makers and the private sector.

The Clean Air Asia has a two-year Business Plan 2013-2014 to implement this strategy. It describes the Business Model of the Clean Air Asia Center supported by organizational objectives based on the Balanced Scorecard:

  • Customer: Visibly contribute to achieving the Clean Air Asia’s outcomes to in turn contribute to the Asia goals for the four program areas
  • Financial: Ensure medium-term financial sustainability by securing sufficient funds to cover core expenses and costs of expanding activities.
  • Internal Business Processes: Run operations efficiently and effectively through continued improvement of organizational management, financial and administrative systems, and program/project management.
  • Learning and Growth: Enhance the ability to attract, develop and retain capable and confident staff at the Clean Air Asia and at Country Networks.

Progress is reported to the Board of Trustees of the Clean Air Asia Center every quarter, and to the Clean Air Asia Partnership Council and public each year through its Annual Report.


The Clean Air Asia receives funding from over twenty development agencies, foundations and the private sector. As a result, the Clean Air Asia Center maintains an independence from any one country, stakeholder group or funding source, and is thus able to provide a neutral voice for cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

For more details, download the Clean Air Asia Summary

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