Air Quality And Climate Change

Ninety-eight percent of cities in low and middle-income countries with populations of more than 100,000 are suffering from heavily polluted air. Clean Air Asia, as the regional resource hub for air quality management training, is responding to the international call for action on air pollution and is helping to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders to improve air quality through the Air Quality and Climate Change (AQCC) Program.



The AQCC Program is supporting cities in the management of air pollution and greenhouse gases, building their capacity in key areas such as air quality standards and monitoring, emissions inventories, air quality communication and clean air action plans.





  • Helping cities throughout Asia build their capacity in the management of air quality and greenhouse gas emissions though training and capacity building, the provision of technical assistance, city-to-city cooperation, subnational and regional collaboration, and certification programs.
  • Helping cities throughout Asia develop and implement science-based clean air action plans and assess their implementation.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of regional, national and subnational policies and practices that address key and emerging sources of air pollution, and supporting governmental air quality management mechanisms.
  • Providing support to ASEAN member states in implementing the roadmap on ASEAN Cooperation towards Transboundary Haze Pollution Control with Means of Implementation with the aim of achieving a haze-free ASEAN region by 2020.
  • Providing resources on air quality and climate change, and informing and educating stakeholders about the status of air quality and its management.

The AQCC Program has three key components:

The Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities: The operational core of the Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality in Asia (IBAQ Programme), the Guidance Framework provides cities and countries with the knowledge and direction needed to effectively reduce air pollution.

A regional system for knowledge management and capacity building: A regional system to support Asian governments and cities in managing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions has been developed and is being expanded upon in partnership with universities, research institutions and NGOs.

Supporting cities in the management of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions: Clean Air Asia provides direct support to cities within a strategic air quality management framework. A Clean Air Scorecard tool is used as starting point to jointly assess air quality management status and areas for improvement, and guide the development of policies and action plans. Our partners also provide expertise in building air quality management capacity.

Contact Persons:

Dang Espita, Senior Air Quality Program Coordinator: [email protected]
Fu Lu, China Director: [email protected]


Asian Development Bank (ADB)
AECOM Philippines
Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD)
China Civil Climate Action Network (CCAN)
Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)
Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)
Civic Exchange
China Sustainable Energy Program (Energy Foundation)
Embassy of Sweden
Fu Tak Iam Foundation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Heinrich Bohl Foundation
International Business Institute Co. LTD (IBIC)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Ministry of Environment Japan (MoEJ)
Murdoch University
Oak Foundation
Philippine Business of Environment (PBE)
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
SEE Foundation
Stockholm Environment Institute
Shakti Foundation
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Swiss-Vietnamese Clean Air Program (SVCAP)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP-ROAP)
UPS Foundation
International Environment Partnership
United States Environmental Protection Agency
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO-Western Pacific Region (WHO-WPRO)
World Bank
Wuppertal Institute

Private Sector Partners:

Pilipinas Shell
San Miguel Corporation