Low Emissions Urban Development

Asia is rapidly urbanizing, which is fueling growing mobility and energy demands. In order to decouple rising emissions from urban growth, the development of sustainable modes of transport and clean energy, and the implementation of policies and measures aimed at reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are required.

Clean Air Asia’s Low Emissions Urban Development Program is working with governments and cities at the policy level, particularly on the integration of “avoid-shift-improve” strategies (reduce or avoid the need to travel; shift to or maintain share of more environmentally friendly modes; improve the energy efficiency of transport modes and vehicle technology), building awareness and capacity, promoting campaigns designed to bolster investments in sustainable urban development, and improving walking and cycling infrastructure and policies.

The Low Emissions Urban Development Program has three work streams:

Mainstreaming low-emissions transport strategies: Clean Air Asia is helping national and city governments integrate low emissions transport strategies into policies and investments and into urban master plans.

Knowledge management and exchanges on land use, transport and energy: Clean Air Asia is building an exchange platform with development agencies, governments and other partners. We are collecting and analyzing data on transport and energy-related air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and developing land-use indicators.

Placing walkability higher on the development agenda: Clean Air Asia is extensively involved in non-motorized transport projects and is helping to develop community-based walking and cycling indexes and is supporting such initiatives as bike-sharing schemes and the building of greenways.

Contact Persons:

Kathleen Kathleen Dematera, Transport Program Coordinator: [email protected]
Fu Lu, China Director: [email protected]


Asian Development Bank
Institute for Transportation and Development (ITDP)
Institute for Transport Policy Studies (ITPS)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Institut Veolia Environnement
Korea Transport Institute (KOTI)
Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV)
Shakti Foundation
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Transport Research Laboratory (TRL, UK)
United Nations Environment Programme–Global Environment Facility (UNEP-GEF)
United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
USAID Philippines
World Bank
Wuppertal Institute
Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies