Clean Air Institute

The Clean Air Institute (CAI) is a non- profit organization with the vision of bridging knowledge, capacity and resource gaps to effectively address air pollution and climate change challenges. CAI assists nations and cities to provide healthy, enjoyable and productive environments for their residents through cleaner air, reduced greenhouse emissions and improved quality of life. CAI works with leading organizations across the public, private and social sectors to build consensus, and design, adopt and implement air quality and climate change strategies, policies, programs and projects to increase access to sustainable and clean transportation, energy and urban development choices. CAI is based in Washington DC with major activities focused in the Latin American region. CAI is also playing a leading role in key initiatives to catalyze decisions, solutions and investments at a global level. Among other activities, CAI is serving as one of the four international Civil Society Observers to the Clean Technology Fund for the term 2012-2015. 

CAI implements its vision by providing policy, program and project development assistance coupled with access to state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise; delivering capacity development and knowledge exchange opportunities; opening doors for financing and other resource opportunities; facilitating policy dialogue and knowledge exchange; fostering alliances and partnerships among public, private and social entities; and catalyzing decision making, consensus building and investment  processes. CAI articulates and is in process to expand the Clean Air Initiative for Latin America, a unique region-wide multi-stakeholder network on air pollution and climate change. CAI-LAC was originally launched by the World Bank and a group of the largest Latin American cities in 1998, and transferred to the CAI in 2006.

The Clean Air Institute is undertaking a number of initiatives to reduce SLCPs including:

  • The first region wide report on air quality across Latin America, to be released in Mexico City on April 22nd, 2013.
  • Implementation of the Regional Sustainable Transport and Air Quality Program for Latin America (the STAQ Program), funded by the Global Environment Facility through the World Bank and the Spanish Fund for Latin America, which includes both technology & fuels and operational improvement of urban transport interventions focused in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico with Latin American wide mainstreaming activities.
  • Preparation of a National Appropriate Mitigation Action for the Mexican Freight Sector, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Communications and Transport, the GIZ and a number of public, private and social organizations.
  • In the context of both the STAQ Program and the NAMA preparation in Mexico:
    • Preparation of a policy paper investigating urban freight logistic policies, regulations and measures and associated impacts to establish the applicability of such interventions in Latin America.
    • Preparation of a paper on methodologies for the assessment of emission impacts of freight policies.
    • An assessment of potential urban freight logistics policies to reduce emissions in Mexico for ultimate development into a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action.
    • Development of a region wide training program in efficient driving techniques focused on freight operators in its initial phase.

The Clean Air Institute is responsible for the management and coordination of the Clean Air Initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean (CAI-LAC).  This is a unique multi-stakeholder partnership of government agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, development agencies, and the private sector with a common vision of improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the region. The issues of SLCPs will be brought onto and highlighted in the agenda of this initiative.

The Clean Air Institute has prepared the draft Regional Action Plan for Intergovernmental Cooperation on Air Pollution for Latin America and the Caribbean in collaboration with Mexico’s National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change under the auspices of UNEP. This Regional Action Plan incorporates SLCPs and is a key instrument for implementation of the Framework from the Regional Intergovernmental Network of Air Pollution for Latin America and the Caribbean created from a decision of the Forum of Ministers of Environment.

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