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Bluetech Conference

The 2nd Bluetech International Clean Air Conference, hosted by Clean Air Alliance of China, washeld in Beijing on December 15th – 16th 2016. TheConference focused on air quality improvement in the 13th five-yearplan and aimed to address the policy, technology, funding and management aspectsof air pollution. The result of this year’s Bluetech Award was also released. Sixof the nominated technologies were awarded the 2nd Bluetech Awarddue to their outstanding performance in their respective fields;ultra-low emission control for coal-fired power plants, coal combustion emission control,diesel engine emission reduction technologies, and indoor air qualitymonitoring and air purification.

After the 1st BluetechConference was held last year, we have received positive feedback.” said XieHongxing, director of the Secretariat of the China Clean Air Alliance, “We feeldeeply that the desire to improve air quality is very urgent, but the challengesare significant. Bluetech conference is hoping to create a platform to gather supportingresources from different fields to tackle this challenge. It is also a platformfor advanced management experiences, leading clean air technology and for thecountry's environmental protection departments to share experiences and expand theirknowledge, so that these technologies and policies can be put into practice.”

Domestic and foreign industry andpolicy experts, outstanding technical enterprises, investment institutions andlocal environmental protection departments attended the conference. Nearly400 people gathered to discuss the current issues in the field of air qualitymanagement. Mr. Wang Jinnan, vice president of the Environmental PlanningInstitute of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, presented the airquality improvement strategy of the 13th Five-Year plan in detail. Formerdirector of the California Air Resources Management Bureau, Catherine Witherspoon,emphasized the importance of pollution prevention standardsplanning and Joseph Kubsh, the executive director of US Manufacturers Emission Control Association, shared international experience on diesel vehiclepollution management. Representatives from the United States, Britain and Chinaalso shared their experiences with city air quality management work.

The joint report, A ClearOpportunity: U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Air drafted by Clean AirAlliance of China and Asia Society was also released during the conference. Thereport revealed that based on China's 2030 emission reduction targets therewill be a huge demand for clean air technology in the next years. The reportfocuses on VOCs pollution control, vehicle pollution control, air monitoringand other key areas with in-depth analysis, revealing potential opportunitiesfor cooperation from the perspective of policy, technology and investment.

The result of the 2nd BluetechAwards was also released in the conference. This year 54 technologies from 16countries were nominated. After four months of reviews, on-field research andlab test 23 finalists were selected and six of them were awarded theBluetech Award.

The conference included the nextgeneration of monitoring technology, indoor air purification, VOC pollutioncontrol, disaggregated coal pollution control in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, dieselengine pollution control and innovative thermal powerultra-low emission control technology. The conference’sfour sub-forums focused on key issues ofair management and provide a platform for technology exchange and discussion.

“We hope to restore theblue sky, it is the conference’s original intention,” said XieHongxing and continued: “Air pollution control relys on in-depth cooperation among policy making, technology andmarket stakeholders. By 2030, China will achieve the goal of all major citiesmeeting air pollutionstandards. We hope that the conference canhelp to create a platform for the best technologies and real demanders tohelp effectuate policies and improve air quality.”