Emma has over 20 years experience in the fields of environmental and sustainability assessment. She is currently working with the South Asia Energy Division, primarily ensuring environmental safeguard compliance of ADB projects. Prior to ADB she worked in environmental consultancy, where she managed and coordinated environmental impact assessments, strategic environmental assessments and sustainability appraisals of policies, plans, and projects in the energy, water and urban sectors.
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Now is the time to take advantage of the clean air being experienced in many cities across Asia. We must not support a “quick and dirty” post-COVID-19 recovery plan that returns pollution to the region’s skies.
To reduce air pollution, national and city government policy makers, their development partners, academe, and the private sector need to work with young people.
In cities across Asia, air pollution levels are reaching alarming levels. There are workable solutions to cleaning up the air of the region’s urban areas but it will require resolve and innovation.
There is room for improvement on integrating the environmental aspects of the SDGs with national development processes.
This year’s Sustainability Report highlights the integration of sustainability into ADB investments and organizational activities in 2015.