From 7-10 November 2016, a series of different events were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in connection with two of the four TCC focal areas, which are Fuel Economy (FE), Green Freight and Logistics, Electrical Two Wheelers, and Data, Indicators and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV).
The week started with TCC’s presentation of the “Malaysia Stocktaking Report on Sustainable Land Transport and Climate Change”. This illustrates the sustainable transport landscape within Malaysia and serves as a reference document for policy-makers, researchers, international donors and other stakeholders working on sustainable transport and climate change. The Stocktaking Reports (STR) were received exceptionally well. One participant of the workshop on sustainable transport indicators said “we are using the results from the STR as a baseline for our Logistics Masterplan.”
The Second Workshop on “Sustainable Transport Indicators” took place on 8 November 2016 as one of the focal supports of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) with data collection, indicator development and MRV.
The key deliverables were to increase knowledge and capacity regarding sustainable transport indicators and to map out potential next steps and requirements in order to develop regional guidelines on the collection of sustainable transport indicators.
The participants from 11 different countries learned not only the basics about indicators and data collection, but were encouraged to also participate in an interactive session, the “bus-stop exercise”. The questions asked and discussions during the session brought valuable insights on country needs and useful input for drafting the guidelines. Another workshop to discuss first draft elements of the guidelines will be held in March 2017.
ASEAN action on fuel economy reached a new milestone at the first forum of the ASEAN Fuel Economy Platform held on 9 November. Forty-two experts from 11 countries representing government agencies, research institutes, and NGOs came together to discuss international practices, and to kick off work on an ASEAN Fuel Economy Roadmap.
ASEAN’s recent regional transport strategy (Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan, KLTSP 2016-2025), supported by the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation in the ASEAN Region project, has three milestones for fuel economy action.
First, the establishment of a platform to discuss matters related to fuel economy for the transport sector.
Second, to formulate a regional roadmap that includes policy guidelines for member states.
Third, support to the development and adoption of nationally appropriate policies for cleaner fuels and vehicles.
The week wrapped with the “First Expert Group on Sustainable Land Transport (EGSLT) Meeting”. The EGSLT, which was created as an ad-hoc working group under the ASEAN Land Transport Working Group (LTWG), shall be a consultative body to discuss sustainable transport issues in ASEAN, driving forward the implementation of Sustainable Transport Goals under the Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan (KLTSP) at the regional level.
The next EGSLT meeting will be held in the last week of March 2017 along with the next “events week”, which will be hosted by Thailand in Bangkok.
“This workshop helped us increase the knowledge on data collection and indicator development, indeed very good capacity building.”
-Participant from Malaysia
“Reducing fuel consumption (L/100km) of all cars on the road by 50% until 2050 (“50 by 50”) can save up to 33 Gt CO2 and up to USD 8 trillion globally.”
-Alex Koerner, GIZ consultant and main speaker of the first fuel economy platform forum