New City Solutions Toolkit scales up action for better air quality across Asia

 

The launch today of our new City Solutions Toolkit is another step forward in enabling city administrations and local government units to improve air quality in Asia’s cities.

Supporting the implementation of our landmark Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities, the City Solutions Toolkit provides step-by-step guidance on the key elements needed for the effective design and successful implementation of Clean Air Action Plans (CAAPs), including how to identify realistic air pollution solutions and estimate their contributions to air pollution, climate change and improved public health outcomes.

Those elements include:

• Prioritizing solutions: Using decision-making tools to identify and prioritize solutions in CAAPs based on criteria such as estimated air pollution/short-lived climate pollutants/greenhouse gas emissions reductions, health impacts, and other co-benefits.
• Aligning policies: Aligning CAAPs with local sectoral policies (such as waste management) and relevant national policies (such as Nationally Determined Contributions) to capture synergies and attract more financing, technology, and other forms of support.
• Adopting technologies: Working with relevant technical and non-technical staff to understand how air pollution monitoring and air pollution control technologies can help strengthen the implementation of CAAPs.
• Attracting finance: Developing an investment or financial plan to acquire the financial resources and related technologies needed to implement CAAPs.

Targeted at local government administrators and technical staff, the toolkit – which was developed based on an integrated air quality management framework highlighting the links between air pollution and climate change mitigation – covers the fundamental components of air quality management: Ambient Air Quality Monitoring and Standards, Emissions Inventories and Modeling, Health and Other Impacts, Air Quality Communication, Clean Air Action Plans. Guidance is also provided on operationalizing CAAPs, including prioritizing solutions, and mainstreaming air quality action in development planning.

It is the core knowledge product for the second phase of our Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality in Asia Programme (IBAQ Programme), supporting the implementation of Clean Air Asia’s Guidance Framework roadmaps and the United Nations Environment Programme’s Solutions Report, and is an integral part of the IBAQ Learning Portal.

The IBAQ Learning Portal was launched as a cloud-based platform to promote the Guidance Framework and to host accessible and sustainable capacity building resources tailored to the needs of the region. One of the key features of the IBAQ Learning Portal is a Learning Management System (LMS) which facilitates the delivery of courses, enables access to a suite of learning resources, and employs a dashboard to track users’ progress.

The IBAQ City Solutions Toolkit is nested within the Learning Portal to create an integrated platform for air quality management learning. Clean Air Asia, through the LMS, will have the capability to monitor users, track downloads, and host discussions among users.
The link to the City Solutions Toolkit is https://learning-cleanairasia.org/city-solutions-toolkit/.