2016 Clean Air Asia Highlights in China

Dear partners and friends,


Taking the opportunity of welcoming the Chinese New Year, we would like to share with you highlights of our work in China throughout 2016, and express our sincere thanks for your support.


  1. Annual China Air Report – Tracking Air Pollution Prevention and Control Progress in China

Clean Air Asia released the Chinese and English version of China Air 2016 – Air Pollution Prevention and Control Progress in Chinese Citiesrespectively in August and September 2016. It is the second report of the China Air Series, objectively documenting what has happened in China in 2015 including air quality status of three key regions (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei – BTH, Yangtze River Delta – YRD, Pearl River Delta-PRD) and 161 cities, policies issued and implementation progress at national level, three key regions and 161 cities, and city case studies of Shanghai and Shenzhen in the subject areas of coal-fired boilers retrofit and VOCs control. This is a series of report that Clean Air Asia will release annually, and its content will be expanded and more cities will be covered.


  1. Capacity Building – Increasing Air Quality Management (AQM) Capacities of Local Governments

Clean Air Asia organized six technical workshops and trainings in 2016, in collaboration with the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office, Ministry of Environmental Protection (FECO-MEP) and our local partners in BTH, YRD, PRD, Northeast China and Chengdu-Chongqing city cluster, as well as the Asian Development Bank, Tsinghua University, East China University of Science and Technology, and Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Ltd.. The topics covered respectively Ground-Level Ozone Pollution Control, VOCs Control in Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical Industry,  Coal-fired Boilers Retrofit and Pollution Control, Science-based Air Quality Management System, Emission Inventory Development,  and  VOCs Monitoring and Source Identification in Industrial Zone. It attracted the participation of 618 representatives from 100 local environmental protection agencies and a wide range of national and international experts.


Training material – “Smaller Size Coal-fired Boilers Retrofit Technologies”, “VOCs Control in Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical Industry” and “Regional Air Quality Dynamic Management Platform and Case Studies” were developed and distributed at the above workshops and trainings.


  1. South-South Cooperation – Promoting Air Quality Management Learning and Sharing in Asia

More than 30 representatives from China actively participated and presented on China air quality management progress, experiences and lessons learnt in the Better Air Quality 2016 Conference (BAQ2016), Clean Air Asia’s flagship event. BAQ2016 gathered more than 1,100 delegates from 60 countries in Busan, South Korea from August 29 to September 2, 2016.


Clean Air Asia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with FECO-MEP in June to continue collaboration on air quality improvement in China and Asia. Clean Air Asia and FECO-MEP brought Chinese officials to two regional workshops in Beijing and Manila to share experience and promote cooperation on air quality management between China, the Philippines, Mongolia and Viet Nam.


Furthermore, the two parties together with several partners launched the 3iPET partnership of South-South cooperation on environmental protection technologies, providing technical support and demonstration on air quality management under China’s Belt and Road initiative.


  1. Collaboration Platform – Driving Green Freight Development

China Green Freight Initiative (CGFI) (launched in 2012) promotes green technology, green management and green driving in freight sector with joint efforts of government, carries, NGOs, research institutes and development organizations. In 2016, the 4th Phase of CGFI, Clean Air Asia and CGFI partners officially released a call for pioneering green shippers to join CGFI. At the 2016 CGFI Seminar, P&G, Lenovo, Walmart, IKEA, Infinitus and Zhongdu were awarded as the first batch of CGFI Green Shippers.


  1. Awareness Raising – Focusing on Diesel Engine Pollution

In 2016, Clean Air Asia raised the public awareness on diesel engine pollution issue through two major campaign activities – Mr. Trucker and Clean Diesel Engines. Clean Air Asia collaborating with China Road Transport Association, Technical Center of China FAW Group and 360Che.COM launched the Mr. Trucker campaign to promote green driving concept and approaches among truck drivers.


Clean Air Asia hosted a media salon themed The Neglected Diesel Engine Pollution, generating media attention on engine pollution. A series of activities were conducted to educate the public about diesel engine contribution to urban air pollution and health impact.


  1. Knowledge Hub – Establishing AQM Knowledge Sharing Platform

Clean Air Asia attracted more users to utilize the online Knowledge Hub (http://www.allaboutair.cn) to obtain city best practices of AQM, tailored international experience and topic-oriented training materials. Through the “Help-desk” function on the Knowledge Hub, 10 international and domestic experts with various expertise provide answers to questions raised by hub users.


We look forward to working with all of you in 2017! Wish you a peaceful and prosperous Year of the Rooster!



China Director

Clean Air Asia