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ADB President calls for action on the transport sector

The countries of Asia and the Pacific have a strong stake in a successful outcome to the current climate change talks in Copenhagen, senior officials of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Sunday. ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda pointed to the urgent need for establishing a low-carbon, climate-resilient transport sector. Transport is one of the largest and fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 23% of global carbon dioxide emissions.

“No global solution can be found to the climate change challenge without real progress in the transport sector – especially in Asia,” said Mr. Kuroda. “Annual transport-related carbon dioxide emissions in Asia are estimated to double between 2006 and 2030, from 1 billion to 2.3 billion tons.”

Mr. Kuroda highlighted the importance of the SLoCaT Partnership: ” ADB will work actively with other partners. An example of such partnerships is the establishment of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport, in which ADB has taken an active role. This partnership brings together almost 50 organizations working to integrate sustainable, low carbon transport in climate negotiations. The partnership also aims to mainstream low carbon transport approaches in transport strategies of developing countries as well as other development partners.

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