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Regional Cooperation and Harmonization
An important objective of CAI-Asia is the formulation of regional policies and standards. Fuels and vehicle emissions is the area where CAI-Asia has done most work so far and as such the area on which CAI-Asia will focus in 2003 in terms of developing regional policies and standards.

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CAI-Asia initiated this dialogue in order to assist in coordinating and cooperating with other initiatives/programs in Asia to effectively address the mounting air pollution issues in the region. The meeting was held on 16 June 2004 at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, 250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand. More >>

A follow up meeting was held in Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBi), Tokyo, Japan on 22-23 July 2004. Japanese organizations from the local and national government, research and academic institutes, development agencies and other organizations based in Japan (who are undertaking AQM projects in Asia) were represented at the meeting. More >>

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CAI-Asia launched a Dialogue for Cleaner Fuels in Asia with 12 major regional and national oil companies. The oil companies announced their commitment to the dialogue by endorsing the Singapore Statement which establishes the dialogue process, reflecting the significance attached by the major oil companies in Asia to environmental stewardship in their operations. More >>

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In 2002 APMA project initiated the formulation of a strategic framework for air quality management in cities in Asia. This was discussed in a Regional Consultation on 15 December in Hong Kong. On 31 March 2004, the Strategic Framework document was officially launched in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Read the press release.

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An important objective of CAI-Asia is the formulation of regional policies and standards. Fuels and vehicle emissions is the area where CAI-Asia has done most work so far and as such the area on which CAI-Asia will focus in 2003 in terms of developing regional policies and standards. It will actively cooperate with other ongoing initiatives such as the JASIC program to promote participation of Asian countries in WP 29 (World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Standards).

A partnership aimed at achieving full phase out of lead, reduction of sulfur and cleaner vehicle technologies was established at the WSSD in Johannesburg. CAI-Asia, since its establishment has done a lot of work related to mobile sources of pollution. Several of CAI-Asia members have signed up to the Partnership or are considering to do so. CAI-Asia can play an important facilitating role in the implementation of the Clean Fuels and Vehicles Partnership in Asia. This proposed involvement will not limit CAI-Asia from pursuing more wide ranging objectives with respect to fuel quality and emissions in its regional activities on policies and standards. Other fuel parameters such as benzene and aromatics in gasoline are important and in addition alternative fuels such as CNG and LPG need to be considered as well.

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CAI-Asia has carried out relative little work so far specifically focused on area and stationary sources. This is why no specific activities are planned with respect to regional policies or standards for stationary sources of pollution in 2003. Work first has to be done on collection of basic information and on identification of issues.

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Several countries in Asia have abundant Natural Gas supplies, which could potentially be used as a transport fuel. While the technology has been well established by now to use natural gas as a transport fuel in Asia, not sufficient work has been carried out on the development of a conducive policy and regulatory framework, which will ensure a sustainable use of CNG as transport fuel. CAI-Asia in 2003 will continue work to promote the development of such policy and regulatory frameworks provided the expected funding from the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) will materialize.

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