Sunday, November 25, 2012

Events: The Better Air Quality conference 2012

Better Air Quality Hong Kong 2012

Date : Wednesday 5th December 2012 to Friday 7th December 2012

The Better Air Quality conference will be held in Hong Kong from 5 to 7 December 2012. BAQ 2012 is co-organized by the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities, Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. BAQ2012 will be held in parallel with the Motor Vehicle Emissions (MoVE) workshop that is co-organized by Hong Kong EPD, Hong Kong PolyU and the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

The BAQ conference is the flagship event of CAI-Asia. This biennial event brings leading experts, policy and decision makers together to network, learn and share experiences on air quality management. Past BAQs have proven to influence policies, initiate new projects and establish partnerships.
The BAQ 2012 theme is "Growing Cities, Healthy Cities", reflecting the challenge of creating livable cities with blue skies and a low carbon footprint in the face of increasing urbanization, and ensuring that people’s health is no longer affected by poor air quality.
The Better Air Quality (BAQ) conference is the leading event on air quality in Asia, covering transport, energy, industry and climate change, with a particular emphasis on government policies and measures. Policy makers and practitioners meet at BAQ to network, learn and share experiences. Past BAQs have proven to influence policies, initiate new projects and establish partnerships.

BAQ 2012 is co-organized by CAI-Asia, Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (EPD), and Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), in partnership with Asian Development Bank and World Bank. BAQ 2012 will be held from 5-7 December at the Jockey Club Auditorium, Hong Kong PolyU.

First organized by the Hong Kong PolyU in 2002, BAQs have become major regional events through the efforts of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center (CAI-Asia) and its partners. BAQ conferences were held in Hong Kong (2002), Philippines (2003), India (2004), Indonesia (2006), Thailand (2008), and Singapore (2010).

The theme of BAQ 2012 is “Growing Cities, Healthy Cities,” reflecting that

Hundreds of millions of people will be added to Asian cities in the next decades and as cities’ economies grow, so does the demand for energy and the number of vehicles.
The air quality of 6 out of 10 cities in developing Asian countries is unhealthy, and the number of people struck by cancer, heart attacks, asthma and other diseases caused or made worse by air pollution continues to rise.
The challenge for cities is to create livable cities with blue skies, a low carbon footprint, green buildings and spaces, and transport systems that embrace public transport, walking and cycling.

BAQ 2012 is a 3-day conference with plenary sessions, breakout sessions, country roundtables, posters, exhibition, social events and launches. Pre-events are organized by different supporting organizations as training courses, workshops or field trips/site vitis. We have received more than 100 abstracts for the topics:

Low Emissions Urban Development
Ambient Air Quality and Impacts
Air Quality and GHG Management
Transport Systems and Modes
Motor Vehicle Emissions and Fuels
Industry and Other Sources

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