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The Greening of AsiaThe Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency$
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Mark Clifford

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166089

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166089.001.0001

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Asia on the Move

Asia on the Move

Cars and Trains

(p.111) 5 Asia on the Move
The Greening of Asia

Mark L. Clifford

Columbia University Press

This chapter assesses the effects of the proliferation of private cars on the environment, and the emergence of more environmentally sustainable transport. Along with the skyscraper, the automobile is one of the most visible icons of affluence and progress. But cars are one of the largest contributors of CO2 emissions. Today, transport accounts for 23 percent of global CO2 emissions, and road transport accounts for about three quarters of that. This results in air pollution, which is responsible for about two million premature deaths per year in East and South Asia. In response, Asian companies are now pursuing a variety of transportation innovations. China’s BYD is using its battery technology, developed for mobile phones, for electric cars, taxis, and buses as well as large-scale storage devices for solar and wind power. Also, India’s Mahindra bought the pioneering electric-car maker Reva, and one of the world’s largest automakers, Toyota, has already demonstrated success with its Prius and other hybrid vehicles.

Keywords:   automobiles, environmentally sustainable transport, air pollution, BYD, electric cars, Mahindra, Reva, Toyota, Prius, hybrid vehicles

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