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Cities in the Asian countries are switching to Electric Vehicles in an effort to tackle depreciating air quality, cut climate-changing emissions and expand their public transport networks.
The fastest-growing source of greenhouse gases is from transport. According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), an increase in these gases expected to come from the developing countries in Asia by 2030.
Only seven Asian countries have transport emission reduction targets under the Paris Agreement on climate change, but many cities in the region are now taking action, said Madan Regmi, at the United Nations social agency for the Asia-Pacific (UNESCAP).
"Authorities are realising that they can extend metro lines and convert to electric-powered buses that not only lower emissions but also reduce congestion and improve air quality," he said at a U.N. climate event in Bangkok.
To improve this situation, Shenzhen in China's southeast, said last year that its entire bus fleet of more than 16,000 buses had gone electric - the biggest such fleet in the world.
Beijing has also improved its air quality by switching to clean energy vehicles, Regmi said.
Thailand is testing electric-powered ferries for Bangkok's canals to replace diesel engines, while India's transport minister has called for a full switch to electric vehicles by 2030.
The only problem with electric buses is that its cost is two to four times more than conventional diesel buses, and need extensive charging infrastructure.
Pink buses for women in Pakistan were launched recently with U.N. funding, and are hybrid vehicles or use clean diesel technology, said Mir Reza Ozgen, an urban and regional planning official.
The buses are aimed at female students and working women who otherwise have to rely on more expensive private transport, or risk harassment on public transport, he said. The vehicles are expected to benefit 1.4 million women annually.
He further said that these buses will not only reduce emissions, they will also increase the mobility of women and their access to economic opportunities, so there will be several long-term positive impacts.
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