Clean Air Asia Summary


As a trusted change maker, Clean Air Asia uses knowledge and partnerships to enable Asia’s 1000+ cities and national governments understand problems, identify solutions and implement these effectively. Clean Air Asia’s outcomes are for air quality and greenhouse gas management:

  • Decision makers use reliable analysis, knowledge, data and effective tools to understand the problems and identify solutions
  • Stakeholders at the city, national and regional levels cooperate better through networks and partnerships
  • Policies and programs are in place that are science-based, stakeholder-inclusive, and effective.


Clean Air Asia has a four-year strategy 2013-2016 that details Clean Air Asia’s value proposition and outcomes, the goals for Asia under each of the four programs and the role that Clean Air Asia plays in achieving these. These programs are: Air Quality & Climate Change, Low Emissions Urban DevelopmentClean Fuels and Vehicles, and Green Freight and Logistics. In addition, Clean Air Asia organizes the Better Air Quality conference every two years since 2002 and is Asia’s leading conference on the topic of air quality, climate change, transport, energy and cities, bringing together more than 600 practitioners, policy makers and the private sector.

Clean Air Asia has a two-year business plan to implement this strategy. It describes the business model of Clean Air Asia supported by organizational objectives based on the balanced scorecard:

  • Customer: Visibly contribute to achieving the Clean Air Asia’s outcomes to in turn contribute to the Asia goals for the four program areas
  • Financial: Ensure medium-term financial sustainability by securing sufficient funds to cover core expenses and costs of expanding activities.
  • Internal Business Processes: Run operations efficiently and effectively through continued improvement of organizational management, financial and administrative systems, and program/project management.
  • Learning and Growth: Enhance the ability to attract, develop and retain capable and confident staff at the Clean Air Asia and at country networks.

Progress is reported to the Board of Trustees of Clean Air Asia every quarter, and to the Clean Air Asia Partnership Council and the public each year through its Annual Report.


Clean Air Asia receives funding from over twenty development agencies, foundations and the private sector. As a result, Clean Air Asia maintains independence from any one country, stakeholder group or funding source, and is thus able to provide a neutral voice for cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions.