With more than half the world’s population classified as urban, whether the world achieves global climate change goals increasingly rests on cities. Yet, many policymakers at the city level place clean air and public health before mitigating climate change.
Fortunately, since emissions contributing to air pollution and climate change often come from the same sources, urban policymakers could potentially improve air quality and public health while also mitigating climate change. As cities in Asia often suffer from serious air pollution and related health problems as well as make sizable contributions to the changing climate, few regions could benefit more from integrating air pollution and climate change planning.
The main purpose of this training curriculum is to familiarize urban policymakers in Asia with knowledge and tools needed to strengthen the integration between air pollution and climate change planning. The information presented is supplemented by training materials that could be used for workshops. The curriculum and the training materials are meant to offer a broad overview of key themes; a deeper dive into some topics, especially modelling and tools, is possible by following the links to related resources.