City-to-City Cooperation on air quality recognized in Washington DC

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The first set of partnering cities from both Asia and the US, was presented on 11 August 2015 in Washington DC during the Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP) Workshop hosted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

CCAP is a Clean Air Asia led initiative that aims to set 200 Asian cities on the pathway towards achieving air quality improvement year by year.

To accelerate the implementation of city-level air quality management, eight cities have entered into voluntary partnership agreements facilitated under the CCAP’s City-to-City Cooperation (C3) Program. US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Clean Air Asia Board of Trustees Chair and Health effects Institute Vice-President Robert O’Keefe were notable attendees and speakers at the recognition event.

The four partnering cities under the C3 Program are: Kitakyushu and Haiphong, Pasig and Taipei, Taichung and San Jose and Bangkok and San Diego. The list of cities under C3 is expected to grow as more cities join CCAP, with an aim to reach over 200 cities within the next five years.

“We believe that cities, regardless of their air quality management capacities, have something to share and to learn from each other in respect to improving air quality. The partnered cities have or will agree on concrete and clear action lists,” said Clean Air Asia Executive Director Bjarne Pedersen. “The partnering is based on the needs of the cities and within the resources that cities can allocate, and so providing a realistic yet nimble and flexible framework for real progress towards better air quality.”

“The core of C3 is the action list, which contains a number of activities that cities agree to complete in the course of the cooperation. Cities will be awarded for completing the action list,” explained Clean Air Asia Deputy Executive Director Glynda Bathan. “Imagine if we can all contribute to making all these action lists, building knowledge and best practices from partner cities, thereby providing roadmaps showing cities the way towards improving air quality.”

Bathan also mentioned that award ceremonies will be held biennially during Clean Air Asia’s Better Air Quality Conferences (BAQ), an international event that gathers over 800 experts in air quality. The next BAQ will be held on August 2016 in Busan, South Korea and jointly held with the World Clean Air Congress.

The eight partnering cities have agreed on concrete technical cooperation areas they wish to undertake during the partnerships setting the cities on a path towards better air quality. The Haiphong and Kitakyushu cooperation will focus on estimating emissions from Haiphong’s port operations and take concrete steps in helping Haiphong realize its goal of becoming a green port city. Taipei and Pasig will focus on sharing knowledge on how to develop and implement a successful public bike sharing system. The design of a low-emission and low-carbon development area is one of the key areas that Taichung would want to learn from San Jose. Bangkok would like to learn from cities such as San Diego, how to potentially address emissions from diesel vehicles, and construction and road dust.

“CCAP is quickly becoming one of the strongest city level initiatives that we have on air quality in the Asia Pacific region that also deals with the ongoing challenges of climate change,” said US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Cities know more than anyone how to figure out how to face these challenges together. This is really now a global coalition of environmental partners and within that partnership we can share experiences, best practices and look at best technologies in a friendly and collaborative way.”

The announcement was made on the second day of the Cities Clean Air Partnership Workshop in a session held in the Rachel Carson Great Hall (Green Room) of the US EPA William Jefferson Clinton South Building in Washington DC.

 

For inquiries, contact:
RITCHIE (CHEE) ANNE ROÑO
Program Manager
Cities Clean Air Partnership
Email: ritchie(dot)rono(at)cleanairasia(dot)org
Phone (US): +1 323-601-3139
www.cleanairasia.org/ccap

 

Cheeanne Roño

Cheeanne Roño

Chee Anne is the Cities Clean Air Partnership Manager of Clean Air Asia. She previously handled the south-south knowledge partnership for Clean Air Asia’s country networks (China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam) and managed projects under Clean Air Asia’s Clean Fuels and Vehicles Program. She is the woman behind the travel blog, RoamingRoños.
Cheeanne Roño
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