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“Air quality in German cities is as high as the air quality in rural areas 20 years ago. We reduced carbon monoxide (CO) by 90 per cent, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) by 90 per cent, benzene by more than 95 per cent, nitrogen oxides by 90 per cent and particulate matter by 70 per cent. This means we achieved a massive reduction of air pollution in Germany.” says Dr.-Ing. Axel Friedrich (Technical Chemist from the Technical University of Berlin), who contributed an interview to the publication “Clean Air – Made in Germany”.
Published by the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility (GPSM) “Clean Air – Made in Germany” informs about stakeholders, legal initiatives and measures which contribute to the high level of air quality in Germany. As traffic is a main contributor to air pollution, special emphasis is given to what can be done to reduce pollutant emissions from the transport sector.
Transport Day 2014 during the UNFCCC COP 20 in Lima, Peru brought together around 200 transport professionals to discuss, debate and share ideas and experiences on sustainable, low carbon transport and climate change.
The event was on Sunday, 7th December and focused on how sustainable, low transport can tackle climate change. You may find a selection of photos from the event here.
In the breakout sessions examples were provided on some of the practices in the transport sector that can be scaled up for climate change mitigation, presentations were made on successful transport NAMAs in Latin America and around the world, discussions focused on financing of sustainable, low carbon transport and finally how transport policies can be used for adaptation to climate change.
Please read the new summary report of Transport Day 2014 prepared by IISD here.
The original article was published in the ‘NMT Times: Special Edition 2014’, November’2014 newsletter released by Clean Air Asia (CAA). The article published presented here has undergone little amendments compared to the original text. All copyright to this article are still reserved with Clean Air Asia.
The Eco Cabs project of Fazilka town, Punjab, India has revolutionized non-motorised transport by helping commuters hail a rickshaw with a phone call. Recently, it has expanded its services by launching a ‘Rapid Rickshaw Transit’ in Chandigarh, India and is also planning an entry into New Delhi.
In June 2008, the Fazilka town in India’s north-western state of Punjab began an experiment with its rickety local transport system by adding cycle rickshaws that a person could hail by dialling a phone number. Eco Cabs, as the ‘Dial a Rickshaw’ project was called, went on to transform the way people travelled in the town with a population of 67,000. Within three years, Eco Cabs won the Indian government’s Rs 500,000-award for the Best Urban Non-Motorised Transport model in the country. In the last five years, the popularity of Eco Cabs has influenced as many as 22 towns in Punjab to replicate the Fazilka experiment with considerable success. In June’2013, Eco Cabs launched the service in the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Christened ‘Rapid Rickshaw Transit’, the facility will be available to the residents of 30 of Chandigarh’s 56 sectors to begin with. Eco Cabs, which made the air of Fazilka cleaner by drawing people out of their cars, will now try to repeat its success in Chandigarh, the most well planned city in India. Along with the dial service, ‘Rapid Rickshaw Transit’ has also added a mobile application to help commuters get a rickshaw faster and easier.