About BAQ 2012



The Better Air Quality (BAQ) conference is the leading event on air quality in Asia, covering transport, energy, industry and climate change, with a particular emphasis on government policies and measures. Policy makers and practitioners meet at BAQ to network, learn and share experiences. Past BAQs have proven to influence policies, initiate new projects and establish partnerships.

BAQ 2012 is co-organized by Clean Air Asia (formerly Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities), Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (EPD), and Hong Kong Polytechnic University in partnership with Asian Development Bank and World Bank. BAQ 2012 was held from 5-7 December at the Jockey Club Auditorium, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

History. First organized by the Hong Kong PolyU in 2002, BAQs have become major regional events through the efforts of the Clean Air Asia and its partners. BAQ conferences were held in Hong Kong (2002), Philippines (2003), India (2004), Indonesia (2006), Thailand (2008), Singapore (2010), and Hong Kong (2012). Please visit www.baqconference.org for conference details. 

Theme. The theme of BAQ 2012 is “Growing Cities, Healthy Cities,” reflecting that

  • Hundreds of millions of people will be added to Asian cities in the next decades and as cities’ economies grow, so does the demand for energy and the number of vehicles.
  • The air quality of 7 out of 10 cities in developing Asian countries is unhealthy, and the number of people struck by cancer, heart attacks, asthma and other diseases caused or made worse by air pollution continues to rise.
  • The challenge for cities is to create livable cities with blue skies, a low carbon footprint, green buildings and spaces, and transport systems that embrace public transport, walking and cycling.

BAQ 2012 is a 3-day conference with plenary sessions, breakout sessions, country roundtables, posters, exhibition, social events and launches. Pre-events are organized by different supporting organizations as training courses, workshops or field trips/site vitis.

Download the BAQ 2012 Report here