Air Quality & Clean Coal Technologies

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Expected Accomplishments

(a) (i)  Establishment of a national concept for implementing selected Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution protocols; (ii) national implementation plan ensuring that a selected country can meet its obligations under selected protocols that it accedes to; and (iii) an action plan for the implementing of the national concept and implementation plan

(b) Raised awareness in Central Asia on air quality management and international cooperation on transboundary transport of air pollution laying the basis for other countries to accede to the convention and/or its protocols

(c) Establishment of a plan for cooperation on air pollution monitoring and evaluation between Central Asia, on the one hand, and Europe and Asia, on the other; and upgrading and testing one station of air pollution monitoring in Central Asia as a link between the Cooperative Programme for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Long-range Transmission of Air Pollutants in Europe (EMEP) and the Asian air-monitoring network

(d) Establishment of a subregional network comprising experts on clean coal technologies and investment project finance from the public and private sectors of interested participating countries in Central Asia; and an Internet/Intranet web site for use by all participants of the subregional network for value-added information exchanges and dissemination of project outputs

(e) Review of energy policy and energy pricing reforms relevant to the promotion of appropriate clean coal technologies with national and municipal authorities, private sector partners and international experts; and an assessment of specific policy options and pricing reforms required to support selected case study investment projects

(f) Enhanced capacity to identify and develop investment  projects for the introduction of low-cost, fast payback clean coal technologies for the heat and power generation sector in Central Asian countries; and a greater awareness of the modalities of  project finance, guarantee mechanisms and sources of investment available for reducing air pollution emissions through the introduction of energy efficiency measures and common best practice clean coal technologies