14:00 - 15:30 -- (Multi-Function Hall 3)



Atmospheric chemistry research has been growing rapidly in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the past decades, the better understanding of sources and emission inventories, atmospheric chemical processes, interactions of air pollution with meteorology, weather and climate, and health effects has provided robust scientific support to highly successful air pollution control policies in PRC. 

PRC has achieved significant improvements in overall air quality while undergoing rapid developments in terms of national economy, industrialization, and urbanization. ln 2013-2021, PRC's overall annual average PM2.5 and SO2 concentrations have fallen by approximately 56% and 78%, respectively. Significant improvements in air quality have resulted in substantial health benefits, including increased life expectancy, reduced premature death related with air pollution, and savings in medical expenditures.

We believe the developing and low-income Asian countries that are heavily affected by air pollution can benefit from these research advances, science-based policies and experiences in air quality management. 

This session will be a joint event effort of Peking University and Clean Air Asia, supported by projects, including Basic Research on the Causes and Response Mechanisms of Atmospheric Complex Pollution in China (NNSF), China Air Report: 10-Year Special Issue (Clean Air Asia), Health Effects Assessment of China’s Air Quality Improvement (Clean Air Asia and PKU), and Monsoon Asia Integrated Study for Sustainability (Future Earth and PKU)


The session aims to inspire more countries and cites in Asia to move toward cleaner air and green transition and identify opportunities for research and practice training, exchange and collaboration. The session will discuss the following: 

  • Sources and emission inventories 
  • Atmospheric chemical processes 
  • Interactions of air pollution with meteorology, weather and climate 
  • Health effects 
  • Key progress in policies 


Peking University, Clean Air Asia, with support from NNSF, MAIRS-FE


Part -1: Science Advances and Application 

OPENING REMARKS - Shiqiu Zhang, Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University; Member, Board of Trustee, Clean Air Asia

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: How to Build a Scientific Base for Clean Air Policy in PRC: Program on the Causes and Mechanisms to Address PRC's Composite Air Pollution
Tong Zhu, Academician/Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University  


  • Multi-resolution emission inventory for PRC and applications in policy
    Qiang Zhang, Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University 
  • Atmospheric chemical processes: monitoring, modeling and data assimilation
    Zifa Wang, Professor/Director, Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Boundary Layer Physics and Atmospheric Chemistry, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences 
  • Interactions of air pollution with meteorology, weather and climate in Asia
    Aijun Ding/ Wei Nie, Professor, School of Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University*


Facilitator: Shiqiu Zhang, Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University; Member, Board of Trustees, Clean Air Asia

Participants: All previous speakers


  • Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh, Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand 
  • Puji Lestari, Professor, Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia 
  • Mukesh Sharma, Professor, India Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India 

*to be confirmed