SINGAPORE, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi has reaffirmed Malaysia's commitment to promoting green technology, saying the country will find ways and means to achieve it.
In his address at the 9th Apec Transportation Ministerial Meeting (TMM9) in Cebu, the Philippines today, the deputy minister, who is representing Malaysia, said: "Promoting green technology is important to stimulate economic growth and regional development which will consequentially contribute to the improvement of the transportation sector within a region such as APEC."
The text of his speech was made available here.
Transportation ministers and senior officials from the 21 APEC economies will discuss a wide range of issues with a focus on driving economic growth through inclusive mobility and sustainable transport systems.
In his presentation entitled "Malaysia's Initiatives on Promoting Green Technology in Transportation", Abdul Aziz highlighted the potential benefits of green technology in reducing environmental impacts and carbon footprint in the delivery of quality and sustainable transportation services.
During the United Nations Climate Summit 2009 in Copenhagen, Malaysia pledged its commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 40 per cent in terms of emission intensity of GDP by the year 2020 as compared to the 2005 level.
The commitment is conditional on technology transfer and financial support from developed countries.
At the United Nations Climate Summit 2014 in New York, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that Malaysia had already reduced the emissions intensity by more than 33 per cent since 2005 and was well on track to hit the target.
Abdul Aziz said transportation accounts for 22.9 per cent of total emissions, second only to the energy scetor (54.9 per cent), and also consumes about 40 per cent of total energy in the country besides being the biggest contributor of air pollution in urban areas.
Land transport accounts for 85 per cent of total carbon emissions followed by aviation and maritime transport (nine per cent and six per cent respectively).
In July 2009, the Government launched the Government Transformation Programme (GTP 1.0) with six National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) identified as focus areas for improvement, including improving Urban Public Transport (UPT) in the Klang Valley.
Key initiatives include increasing the capacity of the KL Monorail/LRT and KTM Komuter, improving bus journey times, reorganising bus networks, imposing performance standards on operations, building integrated transport terminals as well as new and upgraded bus stops, and stepping up enforcement.
He said these initiatives are geared to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions from the transportation sector by shifting passengers from private vehicles to public transportation.
Other initiatives include promoting energy efficient vehicles (EEVs) as well as initiatives for the aviation and maritime sectors, he added.