The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) promoted clean fuels and vehicles to Ministers of and other high-level government from the Ministries of Environment, Transport, and Health) at the Fourth Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum from 24 to 26 February 2009 in Seoul, Korea.
The Forum, organized by the initiators of EST -Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of the Government of Korea, the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), and the Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan -was also attended by experts in various thematic areas related to EST.
The PCFV applauded EST Asia initiative as a valuable platform for international organizations such as UNEP and the PCFV, and highlighted 3 EST thematic areas 8 -Cleaner Fuel, 10 -Vehicle emission control, standards, and inspection and maintenance (I/M)), and 12 -Strengthening knowledge base, awareness and public participation- as areas within the PCFV objectives.
The PCFV reaffirmed its willingness to partner on the clean fuels and vehicles component of the National EST Strategies. The PCFV also announced plans of support to several EST project countries. The PCFV also encouraged countries to approach the UNEP based Partnership for Clean Fuels and vehicles for collaboration and assistance.
Participating countries included members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), South Asian countries, Mongolia, People’s Republic of China, Korea, and Japan, altogether twenty-two Asian countries.
Since the past three Regional EST Forums successively organized in Japan (2005), Indonesia (2006), and Singapore (2008) twenty-two Asian mayors and city representatives have subsequently lent their support to the objectives of the Asian EST Initiative vis-à-vis the Aichi Statement by signing the Kyoto Declaration (2007)for the promotion of EST in cities.
The Fourth Forum addressed how Asian countries can take a more active part in climate change mitigation by adopting a co-benefit approach which integrates urban air quality management, energy efficiency measures, and climate change mitigation through EST measures.