Air Quality, Climate Change and Transport in Asia
2011 in Review
1 January 2011
Japan Releases Guidelines on Low-Carbon Urban Development
Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism announced on August 30, 2010, that it has formulated guidelines to create low-carbon cities. The Guidance was formulated to support initiatives of local authorities, by indicating what should be considered when promoting low-carbon city development, its basic concepts, as well as the necessary measures and methods of assessing their effects. Contents of the Guidance will be updated as necessary. Read here: http://www.mlit.go.jp/common/000136941.pdf
13 January 2011
China sets 2011 pollution control goal, warns of challenges
Photos are taken at CAI-Asia China Office located near CBD of Beijing. From left, Feb 14-16, morning.
The Chinese government has set its 2011 target to reduce the emission of four major pollutants, cutting them by 1.5 percent year on year. These main pollutants are Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), sulfur dioxide, ammonia nitrogen, and nitrogen oxide. Ammonia nitrogen and nitrogen oxide were newly added to the country's major pollutants monitoring list in accordance with its environmental protection plan from 2011 to 2015.
19 January 2011
India MOEF releases Air quality monitoring, emission inventory and source apportionment study for Indian cities
Busy road in Bangalore, India.
Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) released the results of source apportionment studies in six cities (Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kanpur, Mumbai and Pune) which assessed the contribution of various sources to air pollution. Source emission profiles for vehicular and non-vehicular sources were also developed through this study. This is an outcome of work undertaken by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) with other research institutes. Reports are available here: http://www.cpcb.nic.in/Source_Apportionment_Studies.php
26 January 2011
Guangzhou named first Chinese winner of Int'l Transport Award
City representatives Guangzhou and other nominated cities at the awarding ceremony.
Guangzhou became the first Chinese city to be granted the International Sustainable Transport Award 2011, for its recent transportation achievementsâ€”most notably the Zhongshan Ave. Bus Rapid Transit, its public bike system and the Greenway System. Other nominees include Leon, Mexico; Nantes, France; Tehran, Iran and Lima, Peru.
22 February 2011
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Palembang, Indonesia set to implement sustainable urban transport schemes
Heavy traffic in Palembang, Indonesia
The City of Palembang decided to implement the Phase 1 of its Mid-term Sustainable Urban Transport Action Plan. Phase 1 includes projects such as, the improvement of the TransMusi bus system and parking management schemes. The parking management part will include removal of on-street parking and providing off-street parking facilities in downtown areas. Park & Ride facilities at the main cordon entries into the city will also be a part of Phase 1.
10 March 2011
Malaysia: Government may ban electric bicycles
Left: Electric bicycle. Right: Publication cover.
Electric bicycles may be taken off the road if the Cabinet accepts a recommendation from the Transport Ministry. Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho is recommending to not allow electric bicycles, citing safety reasons. For more information, read â€œManaging Two and Three Wheelers in Asiaâ€? which analyzes social and environmental impacts of motorized two and three-wheelers and provides an array of tailpipe and non-tailpipe measures to curb these. Read: http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/sites/default/files/documents/23-Wheelers-in-Asia-Book.pdf
2 April 2011
Karachi, Pakistan: Only 6% of 2.3m vehicles for public in city
Overcrowded public transport in Karachi, Pakistan.
More than 24 million passenger trips are generated daily, but of over 2.3 million vehicles in the Karachi, only 6% are public transport vehicles whereas nearly 54% use public transport. Karachi Mass Transit Cell Director-General Atique Beg highlighted the scarcity of public transport in the city that 40 passengers competed for a seat in public transport vehicles. He said a study was being carried out in view of the cityâ€™s transport situation in 2030 and planning was being done to integrate all the three planned transport systems â€“ BRT, LRT and Karachi Circular Railway (KCR).
14 April 2011
Maynilad Water GHG Inventory gets ISO certified: Philippines' first ISO:14064 on GHG
CAI-Asia mentored Maynilad Water in establishing their integrated GHG and air pollution emissions accounting system in 2010. With this as basis, Maynilad Water then sought ISO 14064:2006 Greenhouse Gases certification through TUV Rheinland Gmbh. While some companies report their emissions in the annual report , this is the first ISO certification of this kind in the Philippines. The certificate was awarded on April 14, 2011 in the presence of Philippines Climate Change Commissioner and Head of the Philippine Climate Change Delegation to UNFCCC Conference of Parties - Mr. Naderev Sa単o.
25 June 2011
Jakarta, Delhi: close to deciding on congestion pricing?
Heavy traffic in Jakarta.
Jakarta came one step closer to implementing the much-anticipated electronic road pricing (ERP) system after the President signed Government Regulation (PP) No. 32/2011 on Traffic Management and Engineering. The PP regulated steps to implement ERP, which includes planning, managing traffic, procurement and preparing road facilities. Aside from Jakarta, Delhi is also planning to introduce congestion charge to ease gridlock. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi hopes to introduce a system to levy 150-rupee (ÂŁ2) fee on cars, motorbikes and even rickshaws entering central areas during the day.
21 July 2011
India adopts international pact on air pollution from ships
A ship docked at a harbor spews smoke.
The Indian government gave its nod for accepting international regulations for the prevention of air pollution emanating from ships, as proposed under a 1997 protocol of the International Maritime Organization. According to the regulations, limits have been set on sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from ship exhausts and deliberate emissions of ozone depleting substances have been prohibited.
12 August 2011
Vietnam: National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy approved
Left: Flooding in Vietnam. Right: Map of Vietnam showing likely impacts of climate change.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved the National Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation, which was designed to have four specific objectives. One of these objectives is to sets out a target of transforming Vietnam into a low-carbon economy, with green growth becoming a mainstream of sustainable development. The strategy, which also covers 10 strategic tasks, says that climate change adaptation is a vital issue for Vietnam.
16 August 2011
Leon Schipper, Physicist and Iconoclast, Dies at 64
Lee playing at BAQ 2010 in Singapore, November 2010. Inside: Lee receiving his Band-Air Award.
Leon (Lee) J. Schipper passed away on 16 August in Berkeley, Calif. He held a bachelor’s degree in music and a Ph.D. in astrophysics, both from Berkeley, but he specialized in energy efficiency and transportation energy and was often a critic of the conventional wisdom. “CAI-Asia pays tribute to Lee Schipper, a staunch advocate for clean air and sustainable urban transport, a beloved member of the CAI-Asia family.” Read an online journal by Lee’s family: http://www.lee-schipper.org/
1 September 2011
'We Need Safe Footpathsâ€˜: Walkability survey results for 6 Indian cities released
Pedestrians crossing in Chennai Central Railway Station.
The walkability study by CAI-Asia serves to help decision makers prioritize planning and investments to improve non-motorized mobility in India. In addition to availability of pedestrian footpaths, it includes other parameters such as accessibility to crossings and amenities and road safety issues. Walkability in Indian Cities: http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/projects/India-walkability Walkability and Pedestrian Facilities in Asian Cities: http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/sites/default/files/documents/ADB-WP17-Walkability-PedestrianFacilities-Asian-Cities.pdf
7 September 2011
Jophel Botero Ybiosa, 2011.
Vietnam sets vehicle emission standards and fuel quality roadmap
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved a new motor vehicle emission standard to mitigate motor vehicle emissions. Under the roadmap, automobiles will be required to comply with Euro 4 emission standards by January 1, 2017. Motorcycles manufactured, assembled or newly imported will be required to comply with Euro 3 emission standards beginning January 1, 2017. Parallel to these efforts, the Government is also set to improve fuel quality standards by leapfrogging to Euro 4 beginning 1 January 2016.
22 September 2011
Most dangerous Metro Manila buses named
26 July 2011: View from the Skyway over the wreckage of a bus that plunged 30 feet down to South Luzon Expressway in Paranaque, Metro Manila.
Following a string of road accidents, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) compiled a list of the most dangerous buses in Metro Manila, based on the number of accidents associated which may have resulted in deaths, injuries, damage to property, and warned that they may lose their franchises. The list covers 2010 and the first half of 2011. The list is available here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/63357/ltfrb-ranks%E2%80%98most-dangerous%E2%80%99-bus-companies
26 September 2011
WHO releases global compilation of air quality data
Exposure to particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of 10 or less in 1081 cities, 2003-2010.
The World Health Organization released a global compilation of air quality data from nearly 1,100 cities across 91 countries. Some of the main findings in the new compilation are: (1) Majority of urban populations have an average annual exposure to PM10 particles in excess of the WHO Air Quality guideline recommended maximum level; (2) For 2008, the estimated mortality attributable to outdoor air pollution in cities amounts to 1.34 million premature deaths. *It is noted that CAI-Asiaâ€™s CitiesACT database is the main data source for Asia for the WHO Outdoor Air Pollution in Cities database
21 October 2011
India BEE releases Consultation Paper on Passenger Car Fuel Economy Labeling and Standards Framework
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) released a consultation paper on Passenger Car Fuel Economy Labeling and Standards Framework for 2015 and 2020 (Available here: http://126.96.36.199/schemes/documents/s&l/BEE%20Consultation%20Paper-21Oct2011.pdf). Based on this proposal, the Government of India will issue the notification on fuel economy standards and a labeling program under the Energy Conservation Act. Comments on the consultation paper from Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is available here: http://188.8.131.52/schemes/documents/s&l/CONSULTATION/Final%20CSE%20comments.pdf
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Euro III gasoline now available in Sri Lanka
July 2011: Long lines of vehicles were seen outside Lanka IOC filling stations in Colombo
Lanka IOC introduced, for the first time in the Sri Lankan market, Euro III grade petrol. Lanka IOC and Ceylon Petroleum Corporation have a duopoly on retail petrol and diesel sale in Sri Lanka. According to Mr K.R. Suresh Kumar, Lanka IOC Managing Director, since there was a large number of premium cars and SUVs on roads, there is a ready market for higher quality petrol. The company, which sells normal (90 Octane), premium and 95 Octane petrol here, plans to replace its premium brand petrol with Euro III standard petrol.
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Car plate sales raise billions for Shanghai, PR China
Shanghai traffic from above.
Shanghai Finance Bureau said fiscal income last year from plate auctions hit 4.15 billion yuan (US$652.7 million), compared to 2009's 2.59 billion. The bureau's report showed that the city government spent 2.4 billion yuan last year from the accumulated income from plate auctions to support public transport. It was used to subsidize transit bus companies' purchase of greener buses, cover losses incurred by offering free rides to senior citizens and funding discount programs to encourage more people to take public transport.
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Hanoi, Vietnam wants to increase car registration fee by 10 times
In its petition sent to the Hanoi Peopleâ€™s Council, the Hanoi Peopleâ€™s Committee proposes to increase registration fee on cars (both new and secondhand) from the current level of 12 percent to 20 percent for the first time, with cars of less than ten seats. The fee from the second registration will be 15 percent. Hanoi administration wants to raise registration fee to curb the growth of personal vehicles, to reduce traffic jams, to increase budget revenue to invest in public transport projects.
25 November 2011
Cost-Effective Actions to Cut Black Carbon, Methane and Ground Level Ozone Spotlighted in New Report
A package of 16 measures could, if fully implemented across the globe, save close to 2.5 million lives a year; avoid crop losses amounting to 32 million tons annually and deliver near-term climate protection of about half a degree C by 2040. The measures, outlined in a new report compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) with an international team of experts, target short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs)â€”black carbon which is a major component of soot, methane and tropospheric ozone.
6 December 2011
Companies Sign Joint Declaration for Green Freight in Asia
Launch of Green Freight Declaration at the 6th EST Forum in Delhi, India.
Global freight logistics companies, manufacturers, freight carriers and industry associations signed the â€œPrivate Sector Declaration on Green Freight in Asia towards a Green Economyâ€? to support green freight initiatives and programs in Asia. It was announced at the 6th Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum and Urban Mobility India 2011 Conference in Delhi on 6 December. Signatories of the declaration are also founding member of the Green Freight Asia Network that will be coordinated by CAI-Asia and the Sustainable Supply Chain Centre Asia Pacific For more information: http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/projects/GFANPrivateSector
6 December 2011
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National Mobility Card launched in India
The Union Minister for Urban Development, Shri Kamal Nath launching the Common Mobility card â€˜Moreâ€?, at the Urban Mobility India Conference 2011, in New Delhi on December 06, 2011.
The Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath launched the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) on the concluding day of the Urban Mobility India 2011 Conference-Cum-Exhibition. The idea of NCMC is to provide commuters with a seamless, efficient and hassle free travel experience across the length and breadth of the country. Seamless connectivity across multiple modes of transportation will increase the popularity and acceptability of public transport nationally and make public transport more appealing.
7 December 2011
WHO: green cars still hurt health
17 April 2011: 13th Tour of the Fireflies in Manila, Philippines.
Transport policy changes recommended by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focus too much on better fuel and engine performance, and not enough on health impacts, claims WHO. “The IPCC is remiss in only focusing on climate change,” said Carlos Dora of WHO's Department of Public Health and Environment. “ 'Better' transport – better for climate and health, should focus on promoting a mix of high-quality rapid transit/public transport and active transport i.e. safe cycling and walking,” said Dora.
11 December 2011
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Durban conference delivers breakthrough in international community's response to climate change
COP17/CMP7 president, Min Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres at the last press briefing after the adoption of the â€˜Durban Packageâ€™
In Durban, governments decided to adopt a universal legal agreement on climate change as soon as possible, but not later than 2015. Governments, including 35 industrialized countries, agreed a second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol from January 1, 2013. To achieve rapid clarity, Parties to this second period will turn their economy-wide targets into quantified emission limitation or reduction objectives and submit them for review by May 1, 2012. For more information: http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com
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Stakeholders demand sustainable urban transport in Kathmandu
Panel discussion during the Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Forum.
Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) and Clean Air Network Nepal (CANN) in collaboration with Ministry of Physical Planning and Works (MoPPW) organized "Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Forumâ€? to inform and sensitize stakeholders on sustainable urban transportation, share approaches and initiatives, forge collaboration and enhance coordination among governmental, non-governmental and private sectors working on urban transportation.
29 December 2011
Nanjing release PM2.5 data of the past 4 years, Guangdong release data of the past 6 years
Guangzhou, P.R. China.
In end of November, Nanjing EPB indicated that it will release PM2.5 data by June 2012 latest, the first Chinese city to do so. Nanjing began to monitor PM2.5 as a pilot from 2008 with three stations. Based on 2008-2011 monitoring period, 50-60% of PM10 is PM2.5. For the same period, the annual PM2.5 concentration has increased with an average of 63 mg/m3. Soon after, Guangdong province released PM2.5 data of the past six years from three monitoring stations. In the past 6 years, the range of annual concentration of PM2.5 in urban areas of Guangdong is 37-47mg/m3.
Japan Releases Guidelines on Low-Carbon Urban Development http://www.japanfs.org/en/pages/030473.html
Karachi, Pakistan: Only 6% of 2.3m vehicles for public in city http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/03/only-6pc-of-23m-vehiclesfor-public-in-city.html
China sets 2011 pollution control goal, warns of challenges http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/201101/13/c_13689609.htm MOEF releases Air quality monitoring, emission inventory and source apportionment study for Indian cities http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-0119/lucknow/28372641_1_air-pollution-particulate-matter-airquality http://www.cpcb.nic.in/Source_Apportionment_Studies.php
Maynilad Water GHG Inventory gets ISO certified: Philippines' first ISO:14064 on GHG http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7286 June
Guangzhou named first Chinese winner of Int'l Transport Award http://english.people.com.cn/90001/98649/7273325.html
Jakarta, Delhi: close to deciding on congestion pricing? Jakarta: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/06/25/onelegal-boundary-go-jakarta-erp.html Delhi: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/08/delhicongestion-charge-ease-gridlock
City of Palembang set to implement sustainable urban transport schemes http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-0119/lucknow/28372641_1_air-pollution-particulate-matter-airquality http://www.cpcb.nic.in/Source_Apportionment_Studies.php
India adopts international pact on air pollution from ships http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2281539.ece
August Vietnam: National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy approved http://english.vov.vn/Home/PM-ratifies-national-climate-changeadaptation-strategy/201112/133269.vov
Malaysia: Government may ban electric bicycles http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=%2F2011%2F3%2F10 %2Fnation%2F8214628&sec=nation January 17, 2012 Sample footer
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Car plate sales raise billions for Shanghai http://www.shanghaidaily.com/nsp/Metro/2011/11/25/Car%2Bp late%2Bsales%2Braise%2Bbillions%2Bfor%2BShanghai/
'We Need Safe Footpathsâ€˜: Walkability survey results for 6 Indian cities released http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7495 Vietnam sets vehicle emission standards and fuel quality roadmap http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7530
Euro III gasoline in Sri Lanka soon http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/article258913 8.ece
Hanoi wants to increase car registration fee by 10 times http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/society/15731/hanoi-wants-toincrease-car-registration-fee-by-10-times.html
Most dangerous Metro Manila buses named http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/63357/ltfrb-ranks%E2%80%98most-dangerous%E2%80%99-bus-companies
Cost-Effective Actions to Cut Black Carbon, Methane and Ground Level Ozone Spotlighted in New Report http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/slcf/ http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/slcf/Portals/24167/do cs/UNEP_Press_release-short_lived_climate_forcers_final.pdf
WHO releases global compilation of air quality data http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2011/air_polluti on_20110926/en/index.html
December Companies Sign Joint Declaration for Green Freight in Asia http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/node/7865
National Mobility Card launched in India http://www.indiainfoline.com/Markets/News/Kamal-Nathlaunches-National-Common-Mobility-Card/5304800578
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Durban conference delivers breakthrough in international community's response to climate change http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com/en/news-centre/mediareleases/breakthrough-response-to-climate-change20111211.html Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Forum http://www.cen.org.np/index.php?page=news_detail&nid=263 Proceedings Report: http://www.cen.org.np/uploaded/Proceedings_KSUT%20Forum. pdf Nanjing release PM2.5 data of the past 4 years, Guangdong release data of the past 6 years http://www.njhb.gov.cn/art/2011/12/28/art_36_27407.html http://news.ifeng.com/mainland/detail_2011_12/29/11639762_ 0.shtm
Front cover: Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by CAI-Asia (2011). Photos can be accessed in the CAI-Asia Flickr Page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cai-asia Back-cover: Top-view of Manila, by Stella Estremera (May 6 2011).
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