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Decarbonising Transport in Future

The transport sector is one of the major contributors to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Malaysia. Comprising of on-road, railways, aviation and off-road transportation, the main concern lies primarily in the type of fuel used whereby mostly fossil fuels and electricity are consumed to power these transportation vehicles to transport us and our needs from one place to another. When these fuels are combusted, GHGs such as carbon dioxide (CO2) gases are released to the atmosphere and cause not only air pollution but climate change as well, be it in the urban or rural areas.

The number of Malaysians using vehicles was projected to increase in years to come. At the same time, the mobility of Malaysians is also projected to increase. On the positive side, this trend shows that car ownership has become easier and lifestyle improvement has happened alongside with the country’s economic development. However, a serious concern arises over the amount of fossil fuel consumed by these vehicles as we realise that almost every householder now owns at least a vehicle of their own. Coupled with low uptake of renewable energy fuel sources and vehicles like electric vehicles (EVs), it is foreseen that the transport sector will remain as a major source of GHG contributor for many years to come.

Join us in the Low Carbon Cities Webinar Series fifth and the last webinar titled “Decarbonising Transport in Future” to hear our expert speakers share their insights and experiences on the future of transportation in low carbon cities and discuss whether it can be an achievable possibility for the future.

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Dr. Hoyyen Chan

Dr. Hoyyen holds a PhD degree from the University of Nottingham. She was the Senior Officer at the ASEAN Centre for Energy and now a freelance researcher working on energy and climate change projects. Dr. Hoyyen has been a technical review expert to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 2015. Earlier, she was a research fellow at the Solar Energy Research Institute, National University of Malaysia. Her past research studies were technology-based and community engagements projects that involved entrepreneurs and indigenous people. Dr. Hoyyen was awarded the Australia-APEC Women in Research Fellowship in 2016. She was also the writer of Task Force on Carbon-Free Energy Roadmap for Malaysia (2015-2025) for the Academy of Science Malaysia and she contributed to regional curriculum development programmes on renewable energy and climate change, which were under the initiatives of USAID and the United Nations University.

Guest Speakers/ Panellists

Mr. Robert Hardin

Robert Hardin comes with over 20 years experiences in the oil & gas industry, hailing multiple roles predominantly within the downstream business. In 2019, he took on the pioneering role to setup SEDC ENERGY. Establishing the company in stages to carry out the Sarawak Government's aspiration by bringing Sarawak to the next frontier whilst positioning the state as a strong contender in green energy & kickstarting the hydrogen economy.

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Dr. Fong Wee Kean

Dr. Fong is the Deputy China Country Director and Senior Advisor to the Subnational Climate Action initiative at World Resources Institute (WRI). In China, Dr. Fong is leading WRI’s China Climate and Energy Program. He has been actively supporting provinces and cities in China to develop emissions peaking and long-term deep decarbonisation strategy. He is also a senior advisor to a global initiative on sub-national low carbon action which focuses on supporting cities and regions to measure greenhouse gas emissions, set emissions reduction targets, and plan and implement actions.

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Ms. Kathleen Dematera Contreras

Kathleen leads the sustainable transport initiatives of Clean Air Asia. Her work focuses on the areas of clean fuels and vehicles including fuel economy and electric mobility, low-emission urban development, active transportation, green freight and logistics. She supports the management, implementation, and coordination of projects of Clean Air Asia together with a team of specialists and researchers. Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management.

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Mr. Gregers Reimann

Hailing from Denmark, Gregers is a life-long bicycle commuter in his hometown of Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Singapore and for the last 13 years in Kuala Lumpur. In his popular YouTube channel “mysustainablefuture”, Gregers shows that bicycle commuting is a feasible option in tropical cities like Kuala Lumpur. Along with advocating for better bicycle infrastructure, Gregers is also a firm believer in the important role of electric bicycles / mobility devices in the future of urban transportation.

Gregers’ daytime job is as managing director of IEN Consultants Sdn Bhd, a pioneering green building consultancy in Malaysia that achieves green, energy efficient and healthy buildings by employing an integrated design process that bridges the gap between architects and engineers. Gregers is the Chairman of the Green Building committee under the Malaysian EuroCham. He regularly contributes to green building articles and frequently lectures at universities. And he walks the talk by commuting to work by bicycle.

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You may find the webinar video here.