[Webinar] The Public Health Dimensions of Air Quality and Climate Change: Highlights of Policy and Technological Options from California and China

Image of air pollution in Joshua Tree National Park

Tuesday, December 19, 2023 | 5:00pm - 6:15pm


December 19th, 2023 |  5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (Pacific Time)
December 20th, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. (China Standard Time)

The challenges of air pollution and climate change are closely linked, with overlapping solutions, and significant public health co-benefits in addressing them. This necessitates a cohesive policy approach toward maximizing co-benefits, and avoiding unintended trade-offs. 

In this workshop, the California-China Climate Institute shared lessons-learned from its latest study on the policy and technological options available to maximize public health co-benefits, sharing insights from urban cases of Los Angeles, Beijing and Shenzhen. California has integrated public health into its air and climate policies, primarily by incorporating public health indicators in policies, establishing public health monitoring networks, and measuring implementation action. China, meanwhile, has excelled at developing highly sophisticated air quality monitoring tools and a comprehensive climate policy framework. This culminating event presented project findings, heard issue-expert commentary, and shared local experiences from urban cities in both jurisdictions.


5:00 - 5:05 p.m.    Discussion is Opened by the Moderator

  • Jenn Perron, Senior Climate Policy Fellow, California-China Climate Institute 

5:05 - 5:20  p.m.    Introduction of the Report

  • Rixin Zhu, Methane Policy Fellow, California-China Climate Institute

5:20 - 5:35 p.m. Urban Policy and Technological Examples from California and China

  • HAN Yuhua, Chief of the Division on Policy Development, Beijing Municipal Research Academy for Ecology and Environment
  • Sarah Rees, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District

5:35 - 5:55 Expert Commentary 

  • Yifang Zhu, Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs, University of California, Los Angeles

5:55 - 6:10 Audience Question and Answer 

6:10 - 6:15 Closing remarks

  • AI Meng,  Program Officer, Environmental Management Program, Energy Foundation China