Low-Carbon Technologies: Transport Asia

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Analyses of the Asian transportation sector have focuses on the urban centers of the region.  It is recognized that vehicle transportation in those areas causes climate change, traffic congestion and air pollution.  These conditions impose high social costs, and several mitigating scenarios have been suggested.  First, there is a push to impose taxes on highway and fuel usage to recuperate costs that will be expended on transportation initiatives, especially greenhouse gas emissions reductions.  Additionally, cleaner vehicle technologies are being developed for widespread use, including fuel cell vehicles, hybrid electric buses and natural gas buses.  Also, there has been promising research on the potential for mass transportation systems across both urban and rural regions in Asia.