Pakistan Clean Air Network (PCAN) was established in 2005 and is hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Under an agreement with ADB in 2005, IUCN, a non-city member of Clean Air Asia, helped establish PCAN and serves as its secretariat.
PCAN aims to address air quality issues in Pakistan and promote better air quality management (AQM) practices in urban centers. The approach includes awareness raising, capacity building and provision of a broad knowledge base for AQM. Among the key achievements of the network is the establishment of Clean Air Coordination Committees for Karachi and Peshawar as well as initiating efforts to establish a policy roadmap for upgrading fuel quality for motor vehicles.
Clean Air Coordinator
IUCN - The World Conservation Union
2012 Highlights of Activities:
1. Observed World Environment Day by launching a number of seminars to promote greener environment, green economy and save water, air and land from being polluted.
2. Released a recommendation to the provincial government to take up the issue of CNG bus project implementation through the Sindh Assembly’s Standing Committee on Local Government.
3. Business entities such as the Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industries provided as many as 15,000 saplings to the Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) for the spring season plantation.
4. Students of physics at a university in Pakistan have designed a solar car and want to introduce the energy-friendly and pollution-free vehicle at the commercial level. The car consumes solar energy through three solar panels that produced 190 watts and converted it into 12 volts. It can achieve a maximum speed of 45 km per hour under direct sunlight.
5. UAF seminar on World Environment Day: 'Green technology to cope with degraded world's ecosystem' encouraging social mobilization and promotion of green technology across the world."
Clean Air Asia also conducted a study on strategy of an emissions reduction action plan for the city of Quetta for improvement of its ambient air quality. Poor air quality and air pollution are one of the emerging and main environmental issues in Quetta City. Clean and fresh air is a basic requirement for public health and welfare and a proper air pollution reduction action plan is needed in order to reduce emissions from the energy and transport sectors of Quetta City for better air quality management.
PCAN actively organizes trainings and workshops, issues a newsletter and implements projects such as the
Asia Clean Fuels and Vehicles Program,
Walkability Study in Asian Cities and the
Knowledge Partnership for Measuring AP and GHG Emissions.
PCAN is Clean Air Asia's Country Network in Pakistan which is part of the Clean Air Asia Partnership. Cities, national government agencies, academic institutions, nongovernment organizations, private sector companies, and development agencies can apply for free membership to the Clean Air Asia Partnership. The application form can be downloaded at http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/members/partnership
For a list of Pakistan-based members of the Clean Air Asia Partnership, see Pakistan list