Low Carbon Transport Study in Southeast Asia

The “International Study of Transport Systems in a Low Carbon Society” study was initiated by the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITPS) based in Japan with funding from the Nippon Foundation.

This study consisted of a global study and six regional studies, namely North America, Latin America, European Union (EU), China, India and Southeast Asia. The study aimed to determine what policies are needed for global CO2 transport emissions in 2050 to be equal to or minus 50% of 2000 emissions and for transport emissions per capita in 2050 to be equal worldwide. This assumed different regional targets for 2050: capped emission growth targets for China, India and Southeast Asia and emission reduction targets far higher than 0-50% for the EU and North America.

In phase 1, Clean Air Asia conducted the regional study for Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The study combined the visioning-backcasting approach with the ASIF methodology to:

  • Determine the business-as-usual scenario using the ASIF methodology for the Southeast Asia transport sector emissions (a model was developed for Southeast Asia)
  • Develop two possible “images” of the future for the Southeast Asia road transport sector
  • Identify relevant policies for the Southeast Asian countries that contribute to CO2 emission reductions
  • Apply the policies individually and as policy packages to achieve the Southeast Asian target for transport CO2 emissions in 2050 set for this study for both images of the future.

In phase 2, Clean Air Asia applied the visioning-backcasting methodology in more depth to these six regions and worked with key stakeholders in each region to develop images of the future and a plan for low carbon transport development.

Preliminary results were presented at a session at the Transport Research Board (TRB) session “How to achieve a low carbon system”.

The phase 3 built upon the previous collaborative work done by ITPS, Clean Air Asia, Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), and the selected experts on the development of visioning and backcasting tools for developing long-term plans of actions for low emission transport in the Southeast Asian region. The visioning and backcasting tools have been developed during the previous phases of the project, and data have been collected in the Southeast Asian countries with the aim of developing future images of transportation and assessing the CO2 impacts of low emission strategies for transportation (i.e. avoid-shift-improve).

More information is available on http://itps.sakura.ne.jp/stlsite/STL-TOP.html

Donor: ITPS

Phase 1: Apr 2009 – Mar 2010
Phase 2: July 2011 – Feb 2012
Phase 3: July 2013 – Feb 2014

Clean Air Asia contact:
Alvin Mejia, alvin.mejia@cleanairasia.org