Kuching City, Malaysia – The Better Air Quality (BAQ) Conference 2018, organised by Clean Air Asia (CAA), was held from November 14-16, 2018 in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. More than 600 experts, government officials, development agencies, students, and private sector representatives joined the conference to promote a cleaner, greener, and healthier Asia.
GIZ is among CAA’s active partners and has been participating in the previous BAQ conferences. GIZ’s work on sustainable transport is aimed at reducing air pollutants and greenhouse gases from the transport sector. As transport plays an increasing role in the economic development of Asia, it will continue to affect the quality of life and health of billions if no actions are done towards improving the efficiency of transport systems, changing to more efficient transport modes, and using cleaner fuels and vehicles.
These efforts are being supported by GIZ in its many sustainable transport projects in Asia and other parts of the world. Some of them joined this year’s BAQ (see list of projects below):
- Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation in the Land Transport Sector in the ASEAN Region or the Transport and Climate Change (TCC)
- Towards Climate-Friendly Transport Technologies and Measures (TRANSfer)
- Sustainable Freight Transport and Logistics in the Mekong Region (EU-SWITCH Green Freight)
- German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility (GPSM)
These projects actively contributed through various platforms during the conference:
- Organised 3 pre-events (12-13 November):
- ASEAN-German Meeting on Sustainable Land Transport
- Regional Closing Workshop of the TCC Project
- Regional Policy Dialogue on Fuel Economy in Asia & 2nd APEC Workshop on Policy Dialogue on Fuel Economy Platform (Fuel Economy Day)
- Organised 2 sessions:
- City Solutions and Good Practices: Engaging Cities for Sustainable Urban Mobility (MobiliseYourCity)
- German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility: Clean Air – Made in Germany: Asian – German exchange on air quality
- Shared knowledge and experience as speakers during sessions on:
- The Roadmap to Real-Zero Emissions Mobility
- Future Cities: Developing Sustainable Urban Areas in Asia
- Green Freight and Urban Logistics: System-wide Solutions for Greening Logistics
- Soft-launch of the MOVERITY Initiative, Southeast Asia’s first real-world fuel economy reporting platform.
At the conclusion of BAQ2018, the conference statement was released which expressed hope in Asia’s battle against air pollution. The conference has witnessed that measures taken by various governments, research institutions, development agencies, and universities through the years are proving successful. Asia will be riding on this momentum as it looks ahead to more success stories to be presented in the next conference – BAQ 2020 at Chengdu, China.