Applying Science and Technology for Clean Air and Climate Co-benefits


Applying Science and Technology for Clean Air and Climate Co-benefits

30 June 2022

09:00 am – 12:05 pm, Western Indonesia Time (WIB)


Four billion or 92 percent of people in Asia and the Pacific are exposed to air pollution levels that endanger their health (UNEP, 2019). Long-term exposure to air pollution is linked with worse COVID-19 health outcomes, especially hospitalization (Imperial College London, 2021). Air pollution also harms the environment, ecosystems and biodiversity, agricultural yields, and the economy. The cost of health damage from fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution alone is equivalent to 9.3 percent of GDP in East Asia and Pacific and 10.3 percent in South Asia in 2019 (World Bank, 2022). In addition, air pollutants contribute to climate change; tropospheric ozone causes warming of the climate while components of particulate matter (PM) have climate cooling or warming effects.


The G20 2022 summit calls for collaboration among countries towards a stronger and more sustainable global recovery. For Asia and the Pacific countries, rebuilding sustainable economies requires science-based solutions to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from key pollution sources, while ensuring a just transition. Improving air quality results in multiple benefits to society, foremost of which is saving lives; protecting the health of women, children and those with co-morbidities; accelerating climate change mitigation; generating green jobs; and promoting economic growth.


Learning from the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) experience in air quality management in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, effective policies to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rely on robust scientific data and clean technology solutions. The recent improvements in air quality monitoring in key Asian cities, accessibility of air quality data, and availability of clean technology solutions for the control of major pollution sources provide opportunities for improving air quality and reducing GHG emissions. Efforts must be taken to rapidly scale up and deploy clean technologies in key sectors (e.g., power generation, transportation, industries including micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), waste management) to enable national governments to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in support of the Paris Climate Agreement.


The ADB, together with the Government of Indonesia, Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) and Clean Air Asia, has partnered with the Science20 (S20) engagement group of the G20 to deliver this seminar on applying science and technology to achieve clean air and climate co-benefits on 30 June, 2022.


The objective of this seminar is to: i) foster south – south knowledge sharing among Asian countries on improving air quality and lowering carbon emissions at the same time, ii) highlight the role of robust data for developing sound clean air and low carbon policies, iii) discuss recent advancements in clean technology in Asia and mechanisms to accelerate scaling up of clean technology, and iv) discuss opportunities for collaboration between the public and private sector to increase investments in clean technology. 

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
30 Jun 2022 Opening Session Moderator Karma Yangzom
30 Jun 2022 Opening Session [VIDEO] Opening Session
30 Jun 2022 Opening Session [VIDEO] Welcome Remarks
Satryo Brodjonegoro
30 Jun 2022 Opening Session [VIDEO] Keynote Speech
Ahmed M. Saeed
30 Jun 2022 Opening Session - Special Address Green Transition for Cleaning the Air, Cooling the Climate and Saving Lives
Zhang Shiqiu
30 Jun 2022 [VIDEO] SESSION 1: International Perspectives and National Policies for Clean Air and Carbon Neutrality
30 Jun 2022 Moderator Prof. Jamaluddin Jompa
30 Jun 2022 Panel Discussion
30 Jun 2022 Panelists
30 Jun 2022 [VIDEO] How can governments integrate air quality and climate change policies Asia?
Dechen Tsering
30 Jun 2022 Steps Taken by the Government of Japan to Achieve One of the Best Air Quality Ratings in Asia
Toshiyuki Yamasaki
30 Jun 2022 Climate Mitigation and Air Pollution – Thinking Globally, but Acting Locally
Muthukumara Mani
30 Jun 2022 [VIDEO] SESSION 2: The role of Research and Technology for promoting Clean Air and Climate Mitigation
30 Jun 2022 Moderator Dr. Archana Walia
30 Jun 2022 Panel Discussion
30 Jun 2022 Determine Real World Emission Using Remote Sensing Data to Support Decision-Making to Promote Air Quality
Puji Lestari
30 Jun 2022 The Role of Air Quality Data in Implementing Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan in PRC
He Kebin
30 Jun 2022 [VIDEO] Current Opportunities for Introducing and Scaling Up Clean Technology in the Energy Sector in Asia
A K Saxena
30 Jun 2022 [VIDEO] SESSION 3: Public Private Partnership and Stakeholder Engagement
30 Jun 2022 Moderator Dr. (HC) Noni Sri Ayati Purnomo
30 Jun 2022 Panel Discussion
30 Jun 2022 Panelists
30 Jun 2022 [VIDEO] Increasing Investments in Renewable Energy and Clean Technology in Indonesia’s Private Sector
Paul Butarbutar
30 Jun 2022 How to be Consistent on Science-Based Policy for Clean Air and Climate Co-benefits in Indonesia?
Ahmad (Puput) Syafrudin
30 Jun 2022 Clean Air Programs in Asia
Bjarne Pedersen
30 Jun 2022 Closing Session [VIDEO] Closing Session


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