2015 Clean Air Asia Highlights in China


Dear partners and friends,

2015 proved to be both a busy and productive year for Clean Air Asia in China. Efforts were focused on the development of the China Air Report and the release of our landmark “China Air 2015: Air Pollution Prevention and Control Progress in Chinese Cities” report providing comprehensive coverage of how air pollution has been tackled in 74 Chinese cities in the past two years. Efforts have also been targeted at building the capacity of local governments and NGOs, strengthening green freight stakeholder collaboration, raising awareness about air pollution, and launching the CAA China website and Chinese Knowledge Hub. As the Chinese New Year beckons, we would like to share with you highlights of our work throughout 2015.

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

In November 2015, Clean Air Asia released the groundbreaking China Air 2015 – Air Pollution Prevention and Control Progress in Chinese Cities report that documented the situation in China from 2013-214 in three key areas:

1) Air quality in three key regions – Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta – and 74 cities.

2) The policies enacted and implementation progress at the national level, in the three key regions and the 74 cities.

3) Case studies of Beijing and Shanghai in the fields of air quality monitoring, forecasting and alerting, emissions inventory and source apportionment.

The report is the first in a series that Clean Air Asia will release annually, with coverage of more cities in the upcoming years.

2. Capacity Building – Increasing the Air Quality Management (AQM) Capacity of Local Governments

Clean Air Asia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and local partners in the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and Northeast China, organized four technical workshops and trainings on VOCs Emission Management and Control Technology (October in Dalian), VOCs Emission Investigation (May in Guangzhou), Emissions Inventory (March in Shanghai), and Vehicle Emission Control Enforcement (October in Beijing) involving 333 representatives from 51 provincial and municipal environmental protection agencies, and 41 international and Chinese experts. Clean Air Asia also began developing detailed training materials based on a training needs assessment conducted in 2014. A “Guidance of VOC Emission Calculation and Control Technology in Painting and Ink Industries” was subsequently completed and training was conducted by Professor Xiu Guangli of the East China University of Science and Technology. In response to positive feedback on “A Handbook on Low Sulfur Fuels in China” developed by Clean Air Asia and partners in 2013, Clean Air Asia and the Vehicle Emission Control Center of the Ministry of Environmental Protection developed a second technical pamphlet entitled Best Practices of Diesel Vehicle Emission Reduction in China and Foreign Countries, which was distributed to city environmental protection bureaus.

3. Capacity Building – Enhancing Scientific Cognition of Local NGOs

In conjunction with the SEE Foundation and the China Association for NGO Cooperation, Clean Air Asia held two trainings to build the capacity of local NGOs in Legislative Framework, Source Apportionment and Emissions Inventory (May in Beijing) and Co-benefits of Air Pollution and Climate Change(September in Tianjin) involving 79 representatives from 36 local NGOs. Based on the 2014 training needs assessment, Clean Air Asia and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies also developed the training material “Co-benefits of Air Pollution and Climate Change”.

4. Collaboration Platform – Promoting Green Freight Development

In 2015, one of the main focuses of the China Green Freight Initiative (CGFI) – launched in 2012 to promote green technology, green management and green driving in the freight sector through the joint efforts of the government, carriers, NGOs, research institutions and development organizations – was engagement with shippers. As part of this priority, Clean Air Asia organized the first roundtable for international and local shippers and logistics service providers to better understand shippers’ perspectives. Companies such as IKEA, Canon, P&G, Ordos, DHL, UPS and Sinotrans shared their opinions on how they could support green freight development in China under the CGFI.

5. Awareness Raising

In 2015, Clean Air Asia worked to raise awareness about impacts of air pollution. In November, an activity aimed at explaining the health impacts of air pollution and protection measures to senior citizens were conducted in the Xicheng District in Beijing. A booth with information flyers was set up on the street, drawing interest from senior citizens who were able to talk one-on-one with volunteers. In December, Clean Air Asia promoted the issue on the internet talk show “Big Problem” in a segment entitled “The elderly square-dancing with masks” which had 2,670,000 hits on the first day it was released. The segment encouraged youth to care about the health effects of air pollution on the elderly and to help their parents and grandparents take the appropriate protective measures.

6. Knowledge Hub – Establishing an AQM Knowledge-Sharing Platform

In November 2015, Clean Air Asia launched its China online Knowledge Hub (http://www.allaboutair.cn). This platform aims to share the best city-level AQM practices, international experience and relevant training materials. The Knowledge Hub includes a training center, policies and standards, domestic and international experiences, research and publications. There is also a “Help Desk” to answer any questions raised by city officials and local NGOs. To help local partners better understand Clean Air Asia’s work in China, a Chinese-language website (http://www.cleanairasia.cn) was also launched.

We would like to thank all our partners and supporters. We look forward to working with all of you again in 2016! Wishing you all a peaceful and prosperous Year of the Monkey!

Fu Lu
China Director
Clean Air Asia