CASE STUDY

Improving Air Quality in the PRC's Most Polluted Cities

Men exercising against the backdrop of an industrial development in the PRC. Photo credit: ADB.
Men exercising against the backdrop of an industrial development in the PRC. Photo credit: ADB.

A Clean Air Scorecard backed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) provides the PRC with an innovative tool to fight air pollution.

Overview

The Asia and the Pacific currently accounts for 65% of the world’s air pollution. The People's Republic of China (PRC) accounts for sizable share of this total, as evidenced by the fact that many of its cities shrouded in dirty, black air grapple with air pollution levels that far exceed World Health Organization (WHO) safety standards.

In 2010, Clean Air Asia introduced its Clean Air Scorecard Tool in Hangzhou and Jinan—two of the PRC’s most polluted urban areas—to help accelerate air quality management initiatives and thereby reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Developed by Clean Air Asia with assistance from ADB and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Clean Air Scorecard Tool enables cities to identify gaps and weaknesses in their air quality management schemes and introduce concrete measures to rectify them.

Over the years, ADB has supported Clean Air Asia through the following technical assistance (TA) projects:

  • Dates
    • Approval: November 2014
    • Completion: N/A
    • Closing: November 2016 (original)
  • Institutions and stakeholders
    • Executing Agency: ADB           
  • Cost
    • Amount Approved: $500,000
    • Revised Amount: N/A
    • Amount Disbursed: $78,363.56 (as of November 2014)
  • Dates
    • Approval: December 2008
    • Completion: December 2010
    • Closing: March 2011
  • Institutions and stakeholders
    • Executing Agency: ADB
  • Cost
    • Amount Approved: $500,000
    • Revised Amount: N/A
    • Amount Disbursed: $489,626.78
  • Dates
    • Approval: December 2005
    • Completion: November 2009
    • Closing: February 2010
  • Institutions and stakeholders
    • Executing Agency: ADB
  • Cost
    • Amount Approved: $655,000
    • Revised Amount: $3.58 million
    • Amount Disbursed: $3.48 million
  • Dates
    • Approval: November 2003
    • Completion: November 2008
    • Closing: December 2008
  • Institutions and stakeholders
    • Executing Agency: ADB
  • Cost
    • Amount Approved: $300,000
    • Revised Amount: $1.01 million  
    • Amount Disbursed:  $977,376
  • Dates
    • Approval: December 2001
    • Completion: March 2006
    • Closing: October 2006
  • Institutions and stakeholders
    • Executing Agency: ADB
  • Cost
    • Amount Approved: $150,000
    • Revised Amount: $1.02 million
    • Amount Disbursed: $982,558
  • Dates
    • Approval: September 2000
    • Completion: November 2003
    • Closing: March 2004
  • Institutions and stakeholders
    • Executing Agency: ADB; Clean Air Asia
    • Stakeholders: The PRC, India, Indonesia, and Viet Nam.
  • Cost
    • Amount Approved: $900,000
    • Amount Disbursed: $897,723.06

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Meet the experts

  • Vijay Joshi    
    Principal Safeguards Specialist, Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank

  • Lu Fu    
    Director for China, Clean Air Asia

  • May Ajero    
    Consultant, Clean Air Asia

   People's Republic of China, Environment, Urban development
   Last updated: September 2016

 




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The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Asian Development Bank, its management, its Board of Directors, or its members.




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