Cities Clean Air Partnership
Air pollution is the world’s single largest preventable environmental health risk. The World Health Organization estimates that in 2012, 7 million premature deaths were attributed to air pollution making it responsible for one in eight deaths in the world. Developing Asia is the most affected region, with 3.3 million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and 2.6 million deaths to outdoor air pollution. The good news is – proven solutions and roadmaps exist to significantly improve air quality in cities. In recent years, policymakers and the public at large have started to pay more attention to air quality.
The Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP), one of the most important programs of the International Environmental Partnership (IEP), was initiated by the U.S. EPA, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPAT) and Clean Air Asia in a press conference on 8 August 2014 at the Golden Gate National Park in San Francisco, USA.
The Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP), a Clean Air Asia initiative, focuses on empowering cities to improve air quality year by year and step by step. CCAP works with partners toward the vision of “200 by 2020” – 200 cities, by 2020, as part of the CCAP initiative and on the pathway towards achieving healthier air quality. Through city-to-city cooperation, a voluntary city eco-certification (eco-label), and an experts’ network, CCAP will stimulate the mainstreaming of clean air roadmaps and actions in cities. The pilot phase of the city eco-certification is set to be launched in 2016.
By joining the CCAP, cities will be introduced to roadmaps to manage air quality (developing emissions inventories, monitoring and modeling air quality, assessing health and other impacts, action planning, communicating air quality to the public), to mitigate and prevent air pollution from transportation, industry and power, indoor and other sources. In addition, partnering cities can be matched through CCAP’s city-to-city cooperation (C3) program and the voluntary city eco-certification system will be introduced to member cities as well.