The Contours of a Net Zero Emission Transport Sector in Asia

May 2, 2023

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In Asia, many countries are committing to net zero emission targets. However, the decarbonization of the transport sector in Asia needs to take place in a growing transport sector with more transport infrastructure and passenger and freight activity. However, there is still a lack of a common understanding of the implications of the net zero transition in the transport sector in Asia. This paper identifies the broad contours, key insights, and characteristics of the zero-emissions transport sector and the consequences for transport policy, planning, and investments. We conclude that the transport sector decarbonization in Asia will require a systemic transformation. The route to net-zero emissions in Asia involves reducing transport demand, ensuring a shift toward the most efficient travel modes, and simultaneously decarbonising vehicles and fuels. The review identifies several headwinds and tailwinds in this transition.

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Tags: decarbonization, outlook, development, projection, Paris Agreement, net zero, emissions