Current and future economic growth will cause serious air quality problems in Asia, negatively impacting human health and crop production, unless further air pollution control policies are implemented. 

In a collaborative activity, IIASA together with researchers from Tsinghua University, Beijing, The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), Delhi, and Toyota Central Research Laboratory, Japan, explore strategies that could effectively control emissions of ozone precursors in the fast growing economies in Asia and, at the same time, limit the increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

Most importantly, the project pioneers the estimate of anthropogenic emissions of volatile organic compounds in China and India, and develops alternative pathways of development that put least burden to the environment.