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Green Technology: Accelerating a sustainable transportation system

Transportation, public or private, is a topic of much discussion in Malaysia. There is constant talk about the increasing numbers of vehicles on the road, and the subsequent pollution they create. Creating a well-connected capital city and improving connections across the country is one solution to this problem. Another is green transportation.
“Green transportation is extremely important to Malaysia’s economy,” says Ahmad Zairin Ismail, acting CEO of the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (known as GreenTech Malaysia). “The transportation sector is the second biggest emitter of carbon dioxide after the energy sector. The transportation sector is also closely linked to the fuel subsidy. Improvements in fuel efficiency will lead to reducing the economic burden of the fuel subsidy.”
A sustainable solution: While the government has a constant finger on improving the public transportation system, carbon emissions and climate change are issues too big to be ignored even for a moment.
Using green alternatives to fix the current problems in the system ensures that the solutions are long-term, says Ahmad. Making these solutions long-term includes public awareness and education, and changing mindsets.
“There are various parties that are constantly looking to improve the public transportation system by increasing efficiency not just in terms of convenience to the users but also in terms of energy consumption,” says Ahmad. “The public bus system has recently been looking into more advanced technologies and concepts. A more green-conscious society can be achieved through the application of green technologies to public transportation. It provides the visibility and proof that there are alternatives out there.”
The best example to illustrate both the viability and convenience of introducing green technology to the public transportation system is that of electric busses. Unlike the conventional diesel bus, it does not contribute directly to the carbon emission total and as a bonus there is also a reduction in noise pollution.
There is no doubt that green transportation can reduce the overall consumption of petroleum and diesel in the country. Electric vehicles also provide an avenue for diversifying sources of energy. Electricity does not have to be generated just through conventional means such as coal, gas and distillates. With increased use of green transportation, more opportunities for renewable sources of electricity such as solar and biomass will open up.
A roadmap for the future: To champion the push towards the use of non-emission vehicles to replace the internal combustion engine, the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water has appointed GreenTech Malaysia to coordinate the development of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Roadmap.
This EV Roadmap basically outlines the strategies and action plans for infrastructure, required resources, policy and regulation for electric vehicles in Malaysia.
“The EV Roadmap has set a target of 10 per cent electric vehicles for Malaysia by 2020, which is about 100,000 electric vehicles in the country,” says Ahmad. “This is a great opportunity for Malaysia to push forward in the industry and claim a leadership role.”

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