Vulnerable to climate change, ASEAN needs more investment into green infrastructure -ICLEI

This article was first published on The Scoop.

MANILA – Over the next five years, ASEAN will need US$157 billion in annual infrastructure investment, but projects need to be “climate-proofed” to mitigate the region’s vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Due to Southeast Asia’s geographical diversity — long coastlines, a large number of archipelagos, and heavily populated low-lying areas — the region has experienced a number of devastating weather-related disasters in the past decade, from hurricanes and flooding to wildfires and landslides.

In 2017, Thailand and Vietnam made the list of top 10 of countries most affected by extreme weather, both in terms of fatalities and economic losses, according to the Global Climate Risk Index 2019.

But countries that are repeatedly affected by extreme weather disasters, such as the Philippines, also rank high in the long-term index, with single exceptional events, such as Typhoon Haiyan, having a lasting impact on the country’s economy and infrastructure.

“The analysis reconfirms earlier results of the Climate Risk Index: less developed countries are generally more affected than industrialised countries,” the report read.

“Regarding future climate change, the Climate Risk Index may serve as a red flag… in regions where extreme events will become more frequent or more severe due to climate change.”

The report claims that recent science has found “a clear link between climate change and record-breaking precipitation of 2017’s hurricanes”, suggesting that severe tropical cyclones will increase with every tenth of a degree increase in global average temperature.

“The question is, what can infrastructure do to help you make sure that increases in temperature are kept below 2°C from pre-industrial times?” said Rana Hasan, the Asian Development Bank’s Director of Economic Research and Regional Cooperation.

During a seminar in Manila last month, Hasan told media that experts remain concerned about the effect of temperature rise beyond 2°C.

“We are dealing with potentially dangerous situations li

As the ASEAN economy continues to grow rapidly, infrastructure projects need to be more sustainable and climate-responsive to mitigate the effects of extreme weather events, Hasan said.

“[We need] new types of infrastructure investment that can significantly reduce our carbon footprint, particularly in the areas of renewable energy,” he said, referencing a recent US$7.6 million loan from the ADB to to help build a 100-megawatt solar power park in Cambodia.

“Electricity and heat production is one of the leading sources of global greenhouse gas emissions as coal, natural gas and oil are burned for power.”

The transport sector is another industry which needs to see change by “reorienting the spending”, Hasan said.

“Rather than building more and more roads, you might consider public mass transit.”

Hasan noted that the effects of natural disasters and climate change pose a real challenge to the region’s development, and infrastructure needs to be stronger and more resilient to climate change.

“More planning needs to take place. Windspeed and typhoons are growing in strength — which means if we build infrastructure according to standards set 40 years ago, we might be left with typhoons destroying more of our infrastructure stock.”

The ADB said it wants to help ASEAN governments scale up their green infrastructure, and recently launched a new US$1 billion loan facility for investment into Southeast Asian projects.

Hiroaki Yamaguichi, director at ADB’s Transport and Communications Division for Southeast Asia, said that when mobilising investment, a difficult balance needs to be struck between development, sustainability and climate resilience.

“A lot of ASEAN countries are affected by climate change, and people are really concerned… Many of our cities are not livable now and it will be worse in the future, we need to do something before it gets worse.”

How Utrecht Became a Paradise for Cyclists – The Atlantic Cities

When you think of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, Amsterdam and Copenhagen probably come to mind first. But another contender has edged into the top tier: Utrecht, the fourth-largest and fastest-growing city in the Netherlands, where average daily bike trips number 125,000.

A new short film from the transit-oriented documentary-makers at Streetfilms reveals how this city of 330,000 turned into a cyclist’s paradise. As in Nijmegen—star of yet another recent Streetfilms project—it’s all about the infrastructure. Specialized roads and parking facilities gives bike riders the upper hand over cars, which make up less than 15 percent of trips into city center. Some 60 percent happen in the saddle.

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Dublin disappoints: what happened to city cycling’s great hope?

In 2013 the Irish capital was ranked among the world’s top 20 bike-friendly cities, but only a small part of the promised cycle network was ever built

Heavy traffic on the Quays in Dublin.
 Heavy traffic on the Quays in Dublin. Photograph: Douglas O’Connor/Alamy Stock Photo

One sunny May afternoon in Dublin, as the Spice Girls prepared to kick off their Spice World 2019 tour at Croke Park stadium, the coaches bringing their fans unwittingly sparked another reunion – the city’s cycle activists.

It had been two years since the direct action group I Bike Dublin had mobilised to protect cycle tracks from car parking – uniting around twice a week under the hashtag #freethecyclelanes – but as police officers directed coach drivers to park in the bike lane by Dublin Bay, blocking the track, the protesters were back.

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Malaysia too hot to cycle in? It is more a mindset, says this Dutch cyclist (NST Online)

On Saturday, NST Online conducted a poll on social media, asking Malaysians whether they were interested in using a new bicycle lane linking the suburbs of Wangsa Maju to the KLCC area which City Hall said would be completed in a year.

A total of 2,400 of our readers answered the poll, and when voting closed, it was revealed that 50.2 per cent said they would not use the bicycle lane, while 49.8 per cent said they were interested.

As the issue unfolded, there were many comments on the articles suggesting why cycling is still not a common practice in Malaysia. Safety and poor infrastructure as well as dangerous drivers and narrow Kuala Lumpur roads were cited as some reasons why Malaysians don’t cycle to work, and why cycling lanes were not suited for Malaysia. Yet, there were other naysayers who said that the Malaysian climate was not conducive to cycling, and any effort would be doomed to fail.

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MBPJ offers waivers for green households (The Star Online)

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is the only local council in Asia that provides assessment rebates to homeowners practising green living.

Deputy mayor Johary Anuar said this at the launch of the 2019 Petaling Jaya Homeowners Low Carbon and Green Initiative assessment rebate scheme at the council.

The scheme, which was first introduced in 2011, has in total waived assessment worth RM414,380.48 for 1,240 households in the city up to last year.

Once again this year, the council is calling from entries to participate in the scheme, which ends July 31.

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Perolehan Hijau: Tawaran Sebut Harga Bagi “Consultancy for Putrajaya Waste Minimisation And Management Action Plan”

  1. Tawaran Sebut Harga ini adalah dipelawa kepada syarikat-syarikat / pembekal yang berpengalaman, berkelayakan dan berdaftar dengan Kementerian Kewangan Malaysia dan pendaftarannya masih lagi berkuatkuasa dalam tempoh tiga (3) bulan dari tarikh tawaran ini diiklankan untuk membekalkan perkhidmatan berikut:
    No. Sebut Harga Tajuk Kod Bidang Tarikh Iklan dan Tarikh Tutup
    330207 atau yang berkaitan
    Tarikh Iklan:
    19 Mac 2019
    Tarikh Taklimat:
    27 Mac 2019
    Tempat Taklimat:
    SEDA Malaysia
    Galeria PjH, Aras 9,
    Jalan P4W, Persiaran Perdana, Putrajaya
    11.00 pagi
    Tarikh Tutup:
    10 April 2019 
    12:00 Tengahari
  2. Perkhidmatan yang ditawarkan perlu memenuhi keperluan seperti yang dinyatakan dalam Terma Rujukan bagi CONSULTANCY FOR PUTRAJAYA WASTE MINIMISATION AND MANAGEMENT ACTION PLAN.
  3. Dokumen Meja Sebut Harga boleh disemak pada 25 Mac 2019 (Isnin) sehingga 29 Mac 2019 (Jumaat) di SEDA Malaysia seperti ketetapan berikut:
    Hari Waktu
    Isnin – Khamis 9.00 pagi – 4.00 petang
    Jumaat 9.00 pagi – 12.00 tengahari
    3.00 petang – 4.00 petang
  4. Sesi Taklimat Sebut Harga adalah DIWAJIBKAN kepada firma / syarikat yang ingin menyertai sebut harga ini dan akan diadakan pada 27 Mac 2019 (Rabu) pada jam 11.00 pagi bertempat di Auditorium SEDA Malaysia. Pembekal hendaklah membawa satu (1) salinan Sijil Pendaftaran Kementerian Kewangan Malaysia, Sijil Pendaftaran Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) dan Cop Syarikat semasa menghadiri sesi taklimat. Borang Pengesahan Kehadiran Ke Sesi Taklimat Sebut Harga boleh dimuat turun di dalam laman sesawang SEDA Malaysia (, Kementerian Tenaga, Sains, Teknologi, Alam Sekitar & Perubahan Iklim (MESTECC) ( atau ( .
  5. Dokumen Sebut Harga hanya akan dijual bermula jam 2.00 petang pada 27 Mac 2019 (Rabu) sehingga 1 April 2019 (Isnin) dengan harga sebanyak RM 150.00 (Ringgit Malaysia: Satu Ratus Lima Puluh Sahaja). Semua kos berkaitan Cadangan Tawaran Sebut Harga ini adalah menjadi tanggungjawab pembekal. Bayaran Dokumen Sebut Harga hanya boleh dibuat secara ATAS TALIAN sahaja di atas nama:

    Bank : CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad (Cawangan Putrajaya)
    No. Akaun : 8600308067
    Swift Code : CTBBMYKL
  6. Penyebut Harga hendaklah mengemukakan slip pembelian serta Borang Pembelian Dokumen Sebut Harga dan emel kepada En. Mohd Azmi Hamdan ( dan Mohd Herwan Husain ( Dokumen Sebut Harga akan diperolehi melalui emel dalam bentuk PDF dan MS Word selepas pembayaran dibuat dan disahkan oleh pegawai kewangan SEDA Malaysia.
  7. Cadangan Tawaran hendaklah dimasukkan ke dalam sampul surat yang bermeterai dan bertanda dengan Tajuk dan No. Sebut Harga disebelah kiri atas sampul surat dan hendaklah dimasukkan ke dalam Peti Sebut Harga atau dihantar ke alamat seperti berikut:
    Jawatankuasa Pembuka Sebut Harga
    Galeria PjH, Aras 9, Jalan P4W, Persiaran Perdana,
    Presint 4, 62100 Putrajaya
  8. SEDA Malaysia tidak terikat untuk menerima Cadangan Tawaran terendah atau mana-mana cadangan tawaran. SEDA Malaysia berhak untuk menerima, menolak atau membatalkan keseluruhan atau sebahagian daripada Cadangan Tawaran.
  9. Cadangan Tawaran yang dikemukakan selepas tarikh dan masa tutup tidak akan dipertimbangkan.