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The Delhi Government has decided to establish an urban transport fund (UTF) to promote public transport in its bid to tackle the rising pollution levels in the national capital of India. A one rupee levy shall be imposed on the purchase of every packet of cigarettes and every bottle of liquor, which will contribute towards the UTF.
The strategy to impose the levy was one of the recommendations by the “High-Powered Committee” set up in May 2014 by Lt. Governor (Delhi) Najeeb Jung, after a WHO report announced that Delhi has the poorest air quality among many cities worldwide. The committee had suggested short-term and long-term measures to reduce pollution levels in Delhi.
The High Powered Committee is also working on the parking policy which includes imposing differential parking rates, to dis-incentivize people from parking on congested roads and to incentivize multi-level parking. The concept of 'premium parking' for particularly congested areas in Delhi is also being discussed.
Additionally, the government stated that the Pollution Under Control (PUC) norms for all vehicles plying in Delhi will be tightened. The Delhi Traffic Police will make it mandatory for all vehicles to display a valid PUC sticker on the vehicle. The government is also exploring options for introducing non-polluting battery operated vehicles for last mile connectivity to metro stations and public transport.
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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.