BY YB DATO’ SRI LIOW TIONG LAI
MINISTER OF TRANSPORT, MALAYSIA
Liow: Malaysia pledges support for sustainable development of transport sector in Asia and the Pacific
On behalf of the Government of Malaysia, I was pleased to attend the Third Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Ministerial Conference on Transport 2016, held in Moscow, Russia this week.
Environmental sustainability in the transport sector was a key focus during the Conference. Given the rapid development of transport within our nation, Malaysia is deeply committed towards achieving growth in a sustainable manner. In line with this, we have pledged our support for the implementation of UNESCAP’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Towards this end, Malaysia has pledged to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by up to 45% in terms of emission intensity of GDP by 2030. These include initiatives which utilise green technology across the land, aviation as well as maritime transport sectors.
Under the National Automotive Policy 2014, the Government is determined to reduce energy consumption and emissions of harmful gas, by encouraging use of energy-efficient vehicles (EEV).
In terms of aviation, in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Global Market-Based Measures, Malaysia is focused on reducing carbon emissions by 40%. We will also be participating in the pilot phase of ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation.
Notably for Malaysia’s maritime sector, Malaysian ports have now taken initial steps towards the development of a Green Port Policy, meant to guide port operators into becoming both environmentally-friendly and commercially-viable. Based on three elements, namely Environment, Community Engagement, and Sustainability, the policy includes initiatives such as ballast water management, study of fuel quality of ships in ports, and environmental as well as energy, electricity and fuel saving initiatives.
Undoubtedly, achieving sustainable growth is a vital aspect of the development of our nation’s transport sector. Along with enhancing safety and security, not to mention connectivity and infrastructure, this will form a holistic and cohesive development plan which will see Malaysia transform into a competitive transportation hub in the region.