International Workshop on Air Quality

Description

The planned workshop intends to share the (i) analytical research on the air quality related issues, (ii) lessons learned and good practices from ADB’s BTH program, (iii) technology and financial innovations for air quality improvement, and (iv) policy and regulatory development on air quality improvement. The workshop will provide a platform for information exchanges, learning and cooperation on air quality improvement between the governments, enterprises, scientific research institutions, NGOs, MDBs, financial institutions and other stakeholders.

PRC Central government (MOF, NDRC, MEE, MIIT and others); Beijing and Tianjin Municipal Governments; Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Shanxi, Liaoning Provincial Governments; and IMAR; banks; enterprises, scientific research institutions, and international organizations etc. Representatives from Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Nepal, which are facing the similar air quality issues, will also join the workshop.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) planned to provide a multiyear, multisector support program for air quality improvement in the greater Beijing–Tianjin–Hebei (BTH) region from 2015-2020. The first loan, approved in 2015, focused on reforming policy and strengthening regulatory capacity in Hebei province. The second loan, approved in 2016, targeted better access to finance, especially for small and medium sized-enterprises, to scale up investments in pollution-reduction projects in the region. The third loan, approved in 2017, targeted advance technology deployment throughout the region in large emitters in agriculture, energy, transport, and urban sectors to provide air pollution reduction at scale. In 2018, ADB plans to support a clean heating and cooling project in Shandong Province by integrating various clean and renewable energy technologies for district and distributed heating and cooling systems. Coal-based heating in urban, peri-urban, and rural households is major cause of rising level of outdoor and indoor air pollution during the winter months.