Joining Hands to Improve Air Quality in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei
On July 25th, 2013, Energy Foundation China and the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) held a meeting on coordinating air quality improvement efforts in the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei (JJJ) region. The meeting was hosted by Li Pei, Deputy Director of FECO. Zhao Hualin, Director General of Department of Pollution Prevention and Control of MEP; Li Xiaohua, Chief Engineer of Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB); Liu Jie, Deputy Director of Tianjin EPB and representatives from Hebei EPB joined the discussion.
Director General Zhao Hualin introduced China's progress and challenges in combating air pollution, as well as existing prevention and control measures. He emphasized that air pollution prevention is now on the top of the government's agenda. Yuan Wei, Chief Representative of the Energy Foundation's Beijing office, and foundation staff discussed JJJ air quality management projects. JJJ air quality management is a focus of the Energy Foundation China in 2013, bringing in participation from every program area. Foundation projects encompass the design and coordination of regional air quality management mechanisms, coal cap control, industrial adjustment vis-a-vis energy and environment, vehicle emission and fuel quality standards, building efficiency for PM2.5 control, and economic instruments to improve air quality.
During the meeting, FECO also shared information about the "China Inernational Clean Air Partnership Program" a new international cooperative platform for air quality management. Co-initiated by the Energy Foundation, the program will establish an international advisory committee for air quality management, develop a China 'Clean Air City Network' and enhance the overall coordination of JJJ regional air quality management projects. Finally, representatives from the EPBs in the JJJ region discussed their progress on local air quality management and potential areas of cooperation going forward.
The meeting helped participants reach a common understanding of regional air quality challenges, building a stronger foundation for future collaborative work.