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Accelerating the zero-emission bus transition in South-east Asia

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On top of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are facing a much greater crisis - the climate emergency. If we are to combat the climate emergency alone, each and every one must collectively partake in the solution in every sector of society. For mobility, the important and practical question to ask is how can we build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic and use it as a positive momentum to accellerate the deployment of zero-emission alternatives. 

Traditional buses – those with internal combustion engines – are responsible for a significant share of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. And this remains true even when constituting only a small portion of all vehicles in a community. In response, cities are increasingly looking to zero-emission bus technologies including battery-electric, trolleybus systems and hydrogen to contribute towards greener and healthier streets and become part of the climate change solution.

All around the world, battery-electric buses are the most prevalent solution deployed. But despite their ability to deliver substantial health, environmental, and economic benefits through cleaner air quality and emissions reductions, the steep upfront costs of zero-emission buses and uncertainty over the technology are holding back cities from effecting a transition towards sustainable transport. Depending on the market, zero-emission buses can be two or even three times more expensive than comparable diesel buses, due largely to the cost of batteries. For this reason, diverse efforts throughout the world are supporting cities to ease these concerns through the implementation of pilot projects. Thus, it is paramount that these pilots are thoughtfully designed to answer critical and outstanding questions, build confidence among decision-makers, and inform a broader strategy of electrification.

The C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) is organising this webinar series hoping to inspire and encourage cities across Indonesia and the broader Southeast Asian region to plan and implement a shift towards zero-emission buses by learning from common best practices in the field and experience from CFF-supported projects. As a pre-event to the JDCN Forum 2020, this 4-part webinar series from 12 Nov to 2 Dec is organised to inspire, synchronize, and amplify policies, incentives, and support in the uptake of electric mobility in cities. It further aims to learn what various stakeholders are doing to incentivise e-mobility and to contribute to the ‘great reset’ post COVID-19 by accelerating the diffusion and uptake of electric mobility. 

Objectives

The overall aim of the webinar series is to contribute to an accelerated deployment of zero-emission buses in cities by sharing best practices, insights, and on-the-ground experience gathered from CFF’s engagement with DKI Jakarta and Transjakarta.

The expected results and outcomes of the webinar series include:

  • Relationships between cities and other key actors are fostered to allow for sustained peer-to-peer learning
  • Practitioners and officials are familiar with the key aspects and considerations in zero-emission bus deployment
  • Cities are encouraged to take early actions to electrify their bus fleet and transport systems

Target Participants

The event is open to the public and will be accessible to anyone interested to learn about zero-emission buses. To reach the desired outcome, the webinar series is specifically targeted for the following participants:

  • Transit and transportation agency officials
  • Local government officials, including advisers to decision-makers
  • National government officials
  • Bus operators and other practitioners
  • Energy companies

 

Format

The webinar series is completed by three 90-minute sessions using the Zoom platform, each composed of several presentations up to 45 minutes and an open plenary for questions and answers up to 45 minutes.

In-meeting polls may be used by resource speakers and question submission feature will be enabled. Thus, it is encouraged for attendees to participate actively.

Each session will open 15 minutes before the scheduled start.

Simultaneous interpretation for English and Bahasa Indonesia will be available.

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