Clean Air Asia joins Belt and Road Initiative International Green Development Coalition

Clean Air Asia has joined the Belt and Road Initiative International Green Development Coalition (BRIGC).

The BRIGC, which is comprised of more than 140 partners from 36 countries, is being jointly undertaken by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment and international partners. Its main goals are to promote international consensus, understanding, cooperation and action to achieve BRI green development, and support environmental sustainability and the integration of UN Sustainable Development Goals among BRI countries.

Clean Air Asia Executive Director Bjarne Pedersen said Asia was the fastest-growing economic region in the world and was expected to contribute to 60 percent of global growth by 2030. However, the region also suffered the world’s greatest air pollution-related health burden.

Mr Pedersen said Clean Air Asia would use its expertise in air quality management and its Asian network and resources to support the green development of the BRI’s Asia countries, together with other BRIGC partners.

“Promoting green development is essential for Asia to achieve the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals,” Mr Pedersen said. “As a regional NGO dedicated to improving air quality in Asia, Clean Air Asia welcomes the opportunity to promote green development in BRI Asian countries in collaboration with the coalition’s partners.”

Clean Air Asia China Director Dr Fu Lu said Clean Air Asia had been providing air quality management capacity building for Asian countries and cities for the past 20 years.

“Since 2013, China’s air quality has been rapidly and steadily improving, and this experience of air pollution prevention and control can be learned by other developing countries,” she said. “Clean Air Asia will promote communication and dialogue on air pollution issues between BRI Asian countries, and promote China’s air pollution control experiences ‘going out’, and will strengthen the exchange of air pollution control technologies between BRI Asian cities. ”