Promoting Science‐based and Stakeholder‐inclusive Air Quality Management in China

China’s State Council released its Action Plan for Air Pollution Prevention and Control (Action Plan) on 12 September 2013. The Action Plan sets the road map for reducing air pollution and comprehensive control from 2013‐2017. Following the Action Plan, policies and practices have been developed faster than before at central, provincial, and city level.

The emerging ‘picture’ is that of all levels of governments being under significant public pressure to tackle air pollution, the issuing of a great deal of plans, policies, and initiatives in order to achieve the set targets by 2017 in a short period of time, and a quest for finding quick solutions. On the other hand, the public expresses their dissatisfaction with, and little trust in, the government through social media whenever air pollution levels are high. But the public is disinclined to take actions on their end to reduce emissions, as they deem it justified that other major emission sources such as power plants and industries should be blamed for the pollution, not emissions from behavioral choices of individuals.

To accelerate the progress, Clean Air Asia believes that three major interventions that we ‐ as an independent NGO ‐ can take to enable further progress and impact in relation to the above dynamic:

  • To document air quality improvement progress, analyze and assess the effectiveness of policies and measures adopted by national and local governments, and identify good practices for the period.
  • To further provide capacity building for city authorities, accessible by any city willing to learn about air quality management.
  • To engage and make the public aware of meaningful steps that people can take to reduce and protect themselves against air pollution.

Donor: Oak Foundation

Duration: April 2015 – March 2018

Contact: FU Lu, lu.fu@cleanairasia.org