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3rd Workshop on Household Energy and Air Pollution


3rd Workshop on Household Energy and Air Pollution

Dec.7-8th, 2019

 Beijing, China 

College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University

Air pollution is an environmental and developmental issue that has been raising worldwide concerns among research scientists, policy makers, and the public. With high reliance on solid fuels as primary household energy carriers, household fuel burning contributes considerably to ambient air pollution and directly impacts on indoor air quality. With the longer time spent indoors for most of the population, household fuel burning is a major source of health risk associated with air pollution exposure, when taking both indoor and outdoor air pollution into account.

The 1ST household air pollution workshop was held in 2014, chaired by Prof. Shu Tao from Peking University, with the main foci on leveraging research on contributions of household air pollution to outdoor air pollution. The symposium showed great progress on the recent research and provided a good platform for the scientists to share their works and new ideas. A research steering committee was formed. Under the guidance of the steering committee, the 2ND workshop was held in Xi’an China in 2017, chaired by Prof. Junji Cao from Institute of Earth Environment, China Academy of Sciences. In this workshop, international scientists shared the latest research on air pollution, including pollutant emissions from clean fuels and improved cookstoves, air pollution from residential and open burning, air pollutant monitoring such as VOCs, and air pollution control technology and strategy. Given the significant impacts and rapid changes in household energy and air pollution, the committee decided to have the 3RD workshop in 2019. In this workshop, researchers and policy makers from around the world are welcome to share ongoing studies on household energy structure (e.g., stacking, adoption and suspension), indoor and outdoor air pollution, health and climate impacts, co-benefits from clean-energy transitions and interventions.

Along with the workshop, there will be a training and practice on measuring biomass-pellet-burning emissions in the field. Utilization of biomass fuels, especially in the forms of compressed pellets or briquettes, for cooking and/or heating is promising, but more evidence is still needed to promote the use of compressed biomass pellets or briquettes. Berkeley Air Monitoring Group, together with several local institutions, will organize a training and practice event on biomass-pellet emission testing. 

Conference Topics

(1) Pollutant emissions and standardized methodologies

(2) Household energy transition enablers and barriers

(3) Contributions to household and ambient air pollution

(4) Co-impacts and co-benefits in health saving and climate

(5) Air pollution control technology and sustainable strategy

For more information

Dr. Guofeng Shen

(Assistant Professor, Peking University)