Multiple benefits of action: climate and clean air in Southeast Asia
In 2018, the Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific: Science-based Solutions Report (UNEP and CCAC, 2018) identified 25 clean air policy and technology measures which could provide numerous benefits for public health, agriculture and the climate. These measures are also important as, when implemented, they move countries into economic recovery and deliver immediate economic goals, such as job creation, improved public health, and increased food security, and contribute to achieving climate and sustainable development goals.
A recent follow-up analysis for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region reinforces these messages, which found that measures focusing on solid waste management, vehicle inspection and maintenance, and post-combustion control, among others, bring further potential for clean air and for climate action in Southeast Asia. For these benefits to be realized, they need to be prioritized and reflected in countries' national plans and climate change commitments through the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
The objective of this session is to demonstrate the benefits of implementing integrated actions for clean air and climate. It will feature the launch of the 2021 Update to the Asia and the Pacific Regional Assessment with focus on clean air measures for Southeast Asia and discuss opportunities to advance these policies in the region.