Improving Air Quality: Insights and Collaboration at the EANET Workshop on VOCs Related Activities
Bangkok, 28 November 2023
The Workshop on Knowledge Sharing for VOCs Related Activities in EANET took place at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters, Manila, Philippines, and online on Tuesday 14 November 2023, as a pre-event to the Better Air Quality Conference (BAQ) 2023. It gathered around 35 experts in the auditorium of ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines, and about 80 participants online.
EANET’s Initiatives for a Comprehensive Understanding of VOCs
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are components of air pollution that include a complex mixture of hundreds of carbon-containing gases. VOCs also include a wide variety of chemicals, some of which can cause short- and long-term adverse health effects. However, due to the unique characteristics of VOCs and the relatively high cost of measurement, VOCs monitoring and its related activities in the EANET region are still at an early stage. Since February 2023, the EANET has launched the “Feasibility for Promoting VOCs related Capacity Building in the EANET” project as part of the first batch of EANET Projects funded by the EANET Project Fund.
The EANET Workshop on Knowledge Sharing for VOCs Related Activities aimed at providing a complete understanding of VOCs related activities from the monitoring design to policy implementation, and to foster a comprehensive understanding and collaboration in the field of VOCs by bringing together experts, researchers, and practitioners in a multidisciplinary platform.
Mr. Yu Kamei, Director of the International Cooperation Office, Environment Management Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ) and Engr. Marcelino N. Rivera Jr. OIC of the Environmental Quality Management Division of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Philippines, Central Office, on behalf of the EMB Director and concurrent Assistant Secretary Gilbert C. Gonzales, delivered opening remarks. Five presentations followed and covered VOC-related activities, from monitoring to emission control. Mr. Bert Fabian, Coordinator, Secretariat for the EANET moderated the Workshop.
Advancements in VOCs Monitoring and Emission Control Across East Asia
Dr. Yujiro Ichikawa, Researcher at the Atmospheric Environment Group, Center for Environmental Science in Saitama (CESS) Japan, presented ” Methods of Measuring Atmospheric VOCs and Case Study in Japan”. Afterwards, Dr. Toshimasa Ohara, Research Director, Center for Environmental Science in Saitama (CESS), the SAC member of Japan for the EANET, and Dr. Kessinee Unapumnuk, Director, Transboundary Air Pollution Sub-Division, Air Quality, and Noise Management Division, Pollution Control Department (PCD), Thailand, delivered presentations on “VOCs and secondary air pollution in East Asia” and “Establishment of Environmental Standards and Guideline Values of Volatile Organic Compounds in the Kingdom of Thailand”, respectively.
From the perspective of VOCs emission control, Mr. Junjie Tian, Engr., Shanghai Academy of Environmental Science, and Dr. Miao Feng, Director, Institute of Atmospheric Environment, Chengdu Academy of Environmental Science, delivered presentations on the “Prevention and Control of VOC pollution in Shanghai: progress, achievement and prospect” and “Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emission control in Chengdu, China”. During their presentations, they introduced the Chinese local governments’ practices, the lessons learned, and the achievements made during the past decade.
Prof. Fan Meng, Deputy Director General of the NC for the EANET, Asia Center for Air Pollution Research (ACAP) delivered closing remarks. The session was marked by active discussions and exchange of information, including with online participants. The event exemplified EANET’s commitment to fostering a multidisciplinary platform for experts, researchers, and practitioners to collectively address the challenges of VOCs in air pollution.
This activity was implemented by the EANET and funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, (MOEJ) and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Philippines, through the EANET Project Fund.
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-Read the Panelists’ Presentations:
- Methods of Measuring Atmospheric VOCs presented by Dr. Ichikawa
- VOCs and secondary air pollution in East Asia presented by Dr. Ohara
- Establishment of Environmental Standards and Guideline Values of VOCs in Thailand by Dr. Kessinee
- Prevention and Control Process of VOCs Pollution in Shanghai by Mr. Tian
- Experience in the Management of VOCs in Chengdu by Dr. Feng
-Read the Q&A Report
-View the Photos on Flickr
Photo credits: Manila, Philippines (2020) by Alexes Gerard; all other photos and videos: all rights reserved to EANET.