This report, produced by RTI International, provides guidance on U.S. best practices in air quality planning and recommendations intended to assist Jiangsu Province and the three pilot cities with developing the next generation of air quality plans. Control strategies are presented for reducing emissions of PM2.5, PM2.5 precursors (SO2, NOX, and VOC), and hazardous air pollutants. Consideration is also given to energy planning and to greenhouse gas emissions, specifically CO2. The report also provides updates on national-level air quality planning efforts in China as well as air quality planning efforts in the Jiangsu Province and the 3 pilot cities.

RAP’s Christopher James and Max Dupuy contributed to the chapter on energy planning, which includes the following recommendations to more closely align power sector policies with clean air goals:

  • Initiate a power sector planning process;
  • Link the addition of new energy resources to meeting provincial air quality goals;
  • Establish a maximum capacity use factor (CUF) for coal plants;
  • Establish a process for air and energy regulators to collaborate on their respective plans;
  • Determine the environmental benefits of Jiangsu’s clean energy policies; and
  • Utilize the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process to encourage air and energy policy integration.