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Publication: Accessing Asia: Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Road Transport and Electricity by CAI-Asia

Document Date: 
Sat, 2012-12-01

Asia is urbanizing fast: 50% live in cities and over the next 30 years Asian cities will grow by another 1.1 billion people. Continued strong economic growth in the region also fuels the demand for electricity and transport. As a result, air pollution is getting worse and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rise rapidly. Policy and decision makers need data and emissions indicators to track progress of policies and make investment decisions that steer Asia's societies towards a low emissions development path. Data must be relevant, reliable and accessible but the on the ground reality is very different. This report is supplemented with an online database ( and guidelines for the development, measurement, and use of the emissions indicators. This data initiative, aimed to improve access to reliable data that are relevant to transport, energy and urban development, was a partnership of Clean Air Asia, World Bank and several other development agencies and research institutes. With a focus on 13 countries that cover 95% of Asia's population and 89% of the region's GDP, benchmark indicators were developed for CO2 as the most important GHG, and for particulate matter (PM) as the main air pollutant from a health perspective. Data and indicators for road transport in 23 Asian cities supplement these because how we develop our cities will largely determine our future emissions footprint.

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