On March 16th, 2017, the kick off meeting for City Air Quality Management Pilot Project Phase Ⅲ was held in Changzhou city, Jiangsu Province. The meeting was jointly organized by Clean Air Alliance of China (CAAC) and Changzhou Research Academy of Environmental Sciences. Representatives from Changzhou Environmental Protection Bureau, Changzhou Environmental Monitoring Center, Changzhou Research Academy of Environmental Sciences and local colleges, as well as Prof. Guo Hai, from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, have attended the meeting. Detailed project working direction and tasks were discussed during the meeting.
Mr. Sun Kai, from Atmospheric Research Institute of Changzhou Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, first introduced in the Changzhou’s 2016 air quality status and major issues, summed up the current progress of air pollution control. And Dr. Ling Xuan, Senior Project Manager of Clear Air Alliance of China, introduced the work plan on Air Quality Management Pilot Project Phase Ⅲ, as well as the discussion on how the Project could support the Changzhou “Two-Six-Three” Environmental Special Actions with Mr. Wang, Head of Changzhou Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, and other related department heads, after which consensus on the future working plan was reached. By invitation, Prof. Guo made an introduction about the formation mechanism of atmospheric photo-chemical smog. An in-depth discussion about ozone pollution on Changzhou was made by Prof. Guo, Mr. Xu and Mr. Ding, directors from Changzhou Environmental Monitoring Center.
After the meeting, experts form CAAC and Changzhou Research Academy of Environmental Sciences investigated the progress to date of “oil-based paint to water-based paint” project at metalworking, wood panel and other industry plants in Changzhou, and collected information about their specific requirement and the challenges during implementation of environmental technologies.
The Air Quality Management Pilot Project is a local pilot project. It is focused on diagnosing local air quality and management problem, helping air quality management capacity build up, and technical support on making air quality measures and their implementation. It is supported by Energy Foundation and conducted by Innovation Center for Clean-air Solutions (Secretariat for CAAC) and the alliance’s partners.