Busan, August 29 – September 02, 2016 – GIZ was a key partner at the 9th Better Air Quality Conference, sharing its experiences and facilitating exchange at ten side events and breakout sessions. GIZ inputs helped to advance the regional agenda on the following topics: Reducing Green Freight emissions in Asia; Institutionalising Fuel Economy in Asia; Tackling Air Quality in Megacities and Enabling and Scaling-up Electromobility. The presentations from these events and sessions can be found on the BAQ2016 website.
Side Event: Green Freight Day
In collaboration with Clean Air Asia (CAA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), TCC co-organised the side event “Green Freight Day” on August 29, 2016. This event aimed to share green freight best practices, opportunities on how to access climate finance for green freight as well as to coordinate on the different green freight initiatives from the government and private sector in the region. Outputs of this event can be found here.
Breakout session: Reducing Green Freight Emissions in Asia
As co-organiser of this breakout session, TCC gave a presentation on National and Regional Strategies towards Green Freight and Logistics. In addition, the new project “Sustainable Freight Transport in the Mekong Region”, which is jointly funded by the EU SWITCH Asia programme and the TCC project, was introduced.
Breakout sessions: Institutionalising Fuel Economy in Asia
In cooperation with UNEP, and Clean Air Asia, TCC co-organised and chaired this breakout session. TCC also arranged for Axel Friedrich, an international expert on fuel economy, to present on Emerging Issues in Real World Emission.
Breakout session: Tackling Air Quality in Megacities
Former GIZ-Cities, Environment and Transport (CET) Programme Director Roland Haas gave an overview of the new regional project, which will tentatively be launched in May 2017. His presentation was titled, Sustainable Mobility in ASEAN Metropolitan Regions – A regional project approach towards avoiding the “megacity development trap”.
Breakout session: Enabling and Scaling-up Electromobility
TCC highlighted the environmental and economic benefits of integrating two-wheelers into sustainable transport policy in the ASEAN region during the presentation on The Neglected Transport Mode: Energy Efficient 2-wheelers in ASEAN.
Breakout Session: Transport Depart: Smart Growth for Asian Cities
In an interactive part of the conference, TCC took part in the transport debate discussing the question: “Should Emerging Cities in Asia go for Smart Growth?”
During the course of the week, TCC managed to gather substantial interest towards its three topical pillars on fuel economy, (electric) two-wheelers, and green freight in the ASEAN region. This was reflected by how several conference participants from academia, government and international organisations as well as the private sector approached TCC team members at BAQ to discuss collaboration.