Henrik Nolmark, Director, Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) Photo by Supriya S on Unsplash We know pretty well what needs to be done, right? Reduce private car driving, promote and improve public transport, infrastructure for walking and cycling, more …
The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) has produced a series of research briefs to summarize the state-of-the-art and/ or latest new research findings on various topics in sustainable transport. These 2-pager articles are written by well-informed policy makers, practitioners, and researchers in a “popular science” style with related illustrations.
The Fifth Executive Board meeting of the Asian Majors Forum (AMF) took place in Tehran and Qazvin, Iran, from 29 August-1 September 2015.
Shanghai-May 1st 2014
Sustainable urban transport (SUT) systems are urgently needed in developing and emerging economies world-wide. Fast rates of motorisation, especially increases in private car ownership and travel have already turned congestion, air pollution and noise into common problems in many emerging and developing cities. Due to lost time and higher transport costs, road congestion is estimated to cost Asian economies 2-5% of GDP per year already. Asian cities also suffer from the highest air pollution levels in the world with transport being one of its largest contributors.
On June 20, 2013, the 44th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)’s Governing Council approved a $369.82 million Work Program, consisting of 48 project concepts and two programmatic approaches. The Work Program includes a World Bank sustainable transport project in Russian Federation titled “National Urban Transport Improvement Project.” For the project, the GEF finances 9.1 million USD grant with co-finance of 270 million USD.
ADB estimates that 80% of Asia’s economic growth will be generated in its urban areas, supported by migrants in search of jobs and economic opportunities. Sustainable urban transport solutions are crucial to mitigate the growing congestion and pollution in the region’s sprawling urban centers.