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Climate Change and Transport in Asia: a need for a better debate!
The transport sector is expected to be one of the fastest growing sectors in terms of CO2 emissions in Asia.

The transport sector is expected to be one of the fastest growing sectors in terms of CO2 emissions in Asia. Over the past few months CAI-Asia has had discussions with ADB and a range of other stakeholders on how to develop a more broad based discussion on Climate and Transport in Asia. This has resulted in the attached note which suggests that to advance the transport debate and action on the ground it is important to deal with carbon in transport in an integrated manner. Current available experience indicates that any effective strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from the transport sector in Asia will need to be an integrated strategy with multiple objectives whereby CO2 emission reduction is one of the objectives. Other important objectives include: air quality, congestion, road safety, fuel security, fuel prices and general quality of urban life.

It is suggested to focus on three main areas

  1. Measurement of carbon
  2. Interventions
  3. Process

The "process" part of the document suggests to make use of three events in 2008 to structure the debate on Climate and Transport in Asia:

  • The ADB Transport forum in Manila in the week of 9 September
  • The Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2008 workshop in Bangkok from 12-14 November
  • COP 14 in Poznan, Poland 1-12 December

After these three events a decision is to be taken on how to continue and possibly institutionalize the debate.

The attached note proposes the implementation of a number of think-pieces to advance the discussion. The choice of the topics of the think pieces has not been finalized. We welcome suggestions for alternative topics. We also welcome statements of interest from persons or organizations who would like to involved in composing the think pieces. It is expected that about 2-3 weeks will be available for drafting these short pieces (10-15 pages) and authors should be available to participate in at least 2 of the the 3 key events (Transport Forum, BAQ and COP). If interested send your cv and short statement of interest indicating which think piece you are interested in to [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> and [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>.


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Climate Change and Transport in Asia: a need for a better debate!
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