The 11th Malaysia Plan - Pick Your Transport
Each of us leave behind a long trail of carbon footprint during our daily commute. Surely, it is ideal for a city to be convenient and completely devoid of cars but this would be a wishful thinking. In Malaysia, it hopes to reduce such carbon footprint by encouraging the people to mix and match their modes of transport. Particularly, the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) advocates to encourage low carbon mobility that emphasises the usage of public transport, which can have nearly half of the carbon footprint of a single occupant car. When the people are encouraged to use public transport, congestion within the cities can be reduced and environmental pollution can be minimised. Nevertheless, a seamless and reliable public transportation system must first be established in order for the people to better adopt it. Malaysia displays its determination to make this a reality by listing down the intended actions in the 11MP.
Here are some measures and mechanisms to reduce energy consumption and emissions of harmful gases.
Encourage the adoption of energy efficient vehicles
Before the electric car is invented, we are granted the choice of the next best alternative that is the energy efficient vehicles (EEVs). EEVs can contribute to minimising environmental impact by reducing dependency on fossil fuel and fuel wastage. At the same time, the emission of harmful gases and black smoke can be concurrently reduced.
“The government will work with relevant private agencies to increase adoption of EEVs, especially for public transport like buses and taxis.” - The 11th Malaysia Plan
Reduce the environmental impact of transport sub-sector
There will be measures that would be taken with relevant public transport authorities to reduce the environmental impact of the sub-sector. This include public transport investments in cities such as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) systems in Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley. On top of it, there will also be improvements or addition of bus systems in other state capitals.
Another measure that the government will take it to work towards increasing biodiesel blending requirements of up to 15% in automotive fuel and implementing the EURO 5 emission standards during the 11MP. Moreover, the use of compressed natural gas will also be promoted.