The Contours of a Net Zero Emission Transport Sector in Asia

May 2, 2023


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.

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