Putrajaya, Malaysia, 7 November 2016 – The Ministry of Transport, Malaysia (MOT) hosted the presentation of “Malaysia Stocktaking Report on Sustainable Transport and Climate Change”, in cooperation with the GIZ-project “Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation in the Land Transport Sector in ASEAN Region, in short Transport and Climate Change (TCC)”. The Stocktaking report will serve as the baseline document for the future development of sustainable transport strategies in Malaysia.
Mr. Tali Trigg, project director of TCC, started the event by welcoming the guests from the public and private sector (amongst the present guests were representatives of local councils, port authorities, related government ministries and agencies, as well as different divisions within MOT), and introduced GIZ and TCC in particular and encouraged the audience to approach him and TCC on topics related to sustainable transport. He touched upon TCC’s work in Malaysia until 2018, concentrating on the topical areas of Fuel Economy, Green Freight and Logistics, Electric Two-Wheelers, and Indicators and MRV (Measurement, Reporting and Verification).
The efforts carried out by TCC are closely linked to the KLTSP (Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategy Plan), which is the key transport strategy in the ASEAN region. He also informed of the arranged workshops and meetings succeeding the Stocktaking report presentation, focusing on Indicators, Fuel Economy and the Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Land Transport in Kuala Lumpur, all in the same week.
Mr. Trigg added that the hundred-plus pages Stocktaking Report was prepared after various stages of stakeholder consultation within the Malaysian ministries and government agencies. The purpose of a Stocktaking Report is to gather knowledge of existing policies, future trends, key strategies and plans, possible barriers to implementation, and recommendations for future actions with regard to the data available. Even though Malaysia has made some major progress in terms of sustainable transport, there is a lack of an “up-to-day map” of the current situation, which was addressed by the Malaysia Stocktaking Report on Sustainable Transport and Climate Change. Since the TCC already published similar reports in Thailand and Vietnam, Mr. Trigg was able to present some of the major findings and their translation in actual policies, like the increased awareness of electrical two-wheelers regulations in Vietnam.
Mr. Veejendran Ramdass, the Under Secretary of the Logistics and Land Transport Division of Ministry of Transport, welcomed the guests and announced the official approval and acceptance of the Stocktaking Report. He particularly appreciated the effort of Dr. Horizon Gitano-Briggs, the author of the Malaysia Stocktaking Report on Sustainable Transport and Climate Change and the support provided by TCC project in managing to compose the report under limited data availability.
Mr. Ramdass added that in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), Malaysia has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of GDP by 45% by 2030 relative to the emissions intensity of GDP in 2005, which will be challenging to achieve given the increasing demand for mobility. However, he underlined that reaching this aim will not only be beneficial to the environment but also increase the quality of life of the people in Malaysia and therefore be advantageous for all. He further mentioned that the Stocktaking Report will be an important source of recommendations for the government to follow, in order to reduce CO2 emissions and adhere to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
After the introduction, the Malaysia Stocktaking Report on Sustainable Transport and Climate Change was handed over by Dr Gitano-Briggs and Mr. Tali Trigg to Mr. Ramdass to officiate the event. This agenda item was followed by two seminar presentations, to introduce the guests to the subject matter of the Stocktaking Report.
Dr Horizon Gitano-Briggs presented the first seminar, a more detailed insight of the contents of the Stocktaking Report. A key requirement for a successful implementation of sustainable transport measures is to be more cost-effective than the conventional solution, which applies to all the recommendations made in the report. Mr. Gitano-Briggs lauded the Malaysian government to have already taken actions in the right direction, but also remarked the need for improvements especially in the field of fuel economy, private car usage regulation, data collection and measurement, and inter-ministerial coordination of sustainable transport related activities. He informed that GIZ TCC could assist the Malaysian government with their knowledge and expertise in addressing these shortcomings.
The second and closing seminar on “Sustainable, Low-Carbon Transport in ASEAN” was held by GIZ consultant Mr. Stefan Bakker, who also contributed to the Malaysia Stocktaking Report. He gave a brief introduction into sustainable transport, why it is important and how transport is related to the SDGs, before outlining the major policies and approaches already taken by other ASEAN member states (AMS). Within AMS, there are many lessons to be learned from each other, as Mr. Bakker pointed out. Malaysia for example is leading in motorcycle only infrastructure, and can be a role model for the other states. As another “take-home message” he gave to the audience that there are comparatively cheap measures which can be taken in order to move towards more sustainable transport.
This report is available for download here.