Ricardo proud to support Asian Development Bank air quality conference
Ricardo Energy & Environment experts contribute to workshops in Beijing, hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on ‘Air Quality Improvement in the Greater Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region’. The workshops, which took place on 6-7 November 2018, are part of ADB’s ongoing major investment work to improve air quality in the Greater Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) region of China.
Ricardo air quality specialists, Ben Grebot, Michel Vedrenne and Tianlin Niu delivered a session on ‘Use of innovative tools and effective partnerships to design cost-effective air quality action plans’, on day two of the conference. The session outlined Ricardo’s experience of working with partners in China to develop robust air quality action plans and demonstrated how Ricardo has been using its world leading air quality modelling system – RapidAir® – to enhance the value of existing air quality datasets and provide greater understanding on air pollution sources.
The work is part of a major two-year study by Ricardo, on behalf of ADB, to evaluate air quality policy options that will help support policy makers to identify appropriate pollution mitigation measures to improve air quality and population health within the BTH region.
Ben Grebot, Ricardo Technical Director for Environmental Policy, said: “We welcome this opportunity to share experience, knowledge and expertise with stakeholders from the BTH region, and other parts of Asia facing major air quality challenges. We particularly welcome the focus on engagement with a wide range of stakeholders who have a role to play in improving air quality. We were delighted to participate in thoughtful and constructive discussions on continuing progress towards better air quality in the greater BTH region.” Michel Vedrenne, Principal Consultant and air quality modelling specialist, added: “We are pleased that ADB has been able to bring together stakeholders, not just from China, but from across Asia, to share experiences of what works best for evaluating and delivering improvements in air quality.”
RapidAir is a state-of-the-art air quality diagnostics and decision support tool that facilitates fast and efficient city-scale air quality modelling and mitigation scenario testing for a range of emission sources and pollutants. The system enables users to design appropriate interventions to deliver improvements in air quality.
Ricardo has extensive international experience in supporting local and national governments to enhance air quality in some of the world’s most challenging city environments. For more information on Ricardo’s air quality work or modelling expertise, visit https://ee.ricardo.com/air-quality/modelling-and-forecasting