Asia

Asia

Asia is home to the world's fastest growing economies and vehicle markets, and is centrally important in the international effort to reduce GHG emissions. Countries like Japan and South Korea have established automobile industries and a long history of air quality regulation. China and India are motorizing their transportation systems so quickly that even large efficiency improvements could be canceled out by the increasing number of vehicles on the road. Throughout the continent, the abundance of two- and three-wheeled vehicles presents a special challenge to regulating air quality. The ICCT works with governments in the region to reduce emissions of both air toxics and greenhouse gases.

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Asia is home to the world's fastest growing economies and vehicle markets, and is centrally important in the international effort to reduce GHG emissions. Countries like Japan and South Korea have established automobile industries and a long history of air quality regulation. China and India are motorizing their transportation systems so quickly that even large efficiency improvements could be canceled out by the increasing number of vehicles on the road. Throughout the continent, the abundance of two- and three-wheeled vehicles presents a special challenge to regulating air quality. The ICCT works with governments in the region to reduce emissions of both air toxics and greenhouse gases.

Recent publications

Transpacific airline fuel efficiency ranking, 2016

Compares the fuel efficiency of 20 airlines operating nonstop flights between the mainland United States and East Asia and Oceania and extends the previous transatlantic fuel efficiency methodology to the transpacific market.

2018.01.16 | White paper
Financing the transition to soot-free urban bus fleets in 20 megacities

Addresses the opportunities for facilitating, and the barriers to financing, the transition to soot-free urban bus fleets in 20 megacities.

2017.10.11 | Report
Status of policies for clean vehicles and fuels in select G20 countries

Reveals that the efforts made by multiple Transport Task Group (TTG) countries to promote and support policies and programs—including stringent tailpipe emissions standards, fuel economy standards, low sulfur fuels, and green freight programs—are in good alignment with the long-term perspective and pathways of the Transport Task Group defined in the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme.

2017.08.15 | Briefing
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Staff blog

One weird trick to improve airline efficiency - gain belly weight!

Would ICCT's recent transpacific fuel efficiency ranking change if dedicated freighters were taken into account? Did the rankings incorrectly reward airlines for carrying belly freight when putting that cargo on a dedicated freighter would have saved more fuel overall? The numbers show that, since increasing payload to aircraft's structural maximum increases the fuel efficiency of each flight, belly frieght is indeed one weird trick for improving airline efficiency.

Staff

Program Director / Regional Lead
Senior Researcher / Regional Lead