Agenda: International Expert Meeting on Improving Air Quality in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region


The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is facing severe regional air pollution. Though the traditional coal-burning challenges have not yet been solved, a more complex air pollution challenge primarily characterized by PM2.5, particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers emerged and culminated in January 2013 where in many regions such as Beijing PM2.5 levels hiked higher than 900 microns. According to the World Health Organization’s evaluation of the PM2.5 annual average concentration from over 1082 cities around the world, PRC’s best rank is 808 and the worst city ranks close to the bottom of the list at 1058.

The PRC is actively engaged in an international dialogue aiming to improve air quality. There are numerous projects and policy recommendations from different agencies. A more recent report (December 2012) derived from international good practice on regional air quality by the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development proposed following policy recommendations that may serve as a guide for the expert discussion.

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Environment, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management