10 August 2015, Washington DC, USA – The Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP) marks another milestone for better air quality as Asian and US cities convene in Washington DC to commemorate the city platform’s first year of implementation with a workshop. The workshop features technical sessions designed for Asian cities to accelerate progress in achieving better air quality through concrete actions.
The Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP) is a Clean Air Asia-led initiative that aims to set 200 Asian cities, by 2020, on the pathway towards achieving air quality improvement year by year starting with Baguio, Bangkok, Cochin (Kochi), Da Lat, Haiphong, Iloilo, Jakarta, Kathmandu, Kitakyushu, Malang, Mandalay, Pasig, Shimla, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taichung, Taipei, Taoyuan, Ulaanbaatar, Varanasi, Yokohama and Yogyakarta this year. The US cities participating in the workshop include Multnomah County (Oregon), San Diego and San Jose (California), Gaithersburg (Maryland), Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and city association, Green Cities California.
The City-to-City Cooperation (C3) program, a voluntary city certification system, and knowledge platformcomprise the core elements of the Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP).
The first set of partnering cities, from both Asia and US, matched through the C3 program will be announced and recognized at the Rachel Carson Great Room at US EPA during this workshop. CCAP’s C3Program facilitates technical exchanges between partnering cities in addressing specific air quality management challenges.
The City Certification, set to be launched in 2016, works by providing well-performing cities with incentives, direct support, technical assistance through an eco-label program recognizing that a city is taking the right steps towards improving air quality.
The Knowledge Platform component helps cities share best practices through training programs (such as this workshop) andvirtualnetworking opportunitieswith an online expertsdatabase accessible to CCAP cities.
“The CCAP Workshop marks a robust beginning for sustainable solutions for clean air across Asia,” says Clean Air Asia Executive Director Bjarne Pedersen. “More importantly the gains of the workshop further the agenda for better air quality in the region as we are set to expand impact to 200 cities by 2020.”
The 3-day workshop, held from 10-12 August, is hosted by the International Environmental Partnership and organized by Clean Air Asia. Notable speakers include US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Minister Kuo-yen Wei of Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT).
Clean Air Asia was established in 2001 as the premier air quality network for Asia by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and USAID. Its mission is to promote better air quality and livable cities by translating knowledge to policies and actions that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from transport, energy and other sectors. For more information log on to www.cleanairasia.org.
RITCHIE (CHEE) ANNE ROÑO,
Program Manager – Cities Clean Air Partnership
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