Experts from Around the World Attend “International Forum on Economic Policies for Traffic Congestion and Tailpipe Emissions Control”
On December 12-13, 2013 the China Academy of Transportation Sciences of the Ministry of Transport, Vehicle Emission Control Center of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and Department of Transport, Zhejiang Province, sponsored by Energy Foundation China, jointly hosted the “International Forum on Economic Policies for Traffic Congestion and Tailpipe Emissions Control” in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. More than one hundred participants took part in the conference. Attendees included officials from the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environmental Protection, and Department of Transport of Zhejiang Province, officials from the local departments of transport and environmental protection of more than 30 cities in 11 provinces, international experts and government officials, and experts from Chinese research institutes.
In a keynote speech, vice president of Zhejiang Province’s Department of Transport Zheng Liming discussed both Zhejiang’s accomplishments in the transportation system and its current challenges of severe congestion and air pollution, and the efforts Zhejiang has made in addressing these challenges. Ministry of Transportation deputy director-general Wang Dasheng reviewed the traffic congestion and smog problems currently plaguing the whole country, emphasizing that congestion could be alleviated by improving public transit and inviting a discussion of lessons from international practices and experiences. Wang Jian, deputy director-general of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, reviewed the grim air pollution problem and the importance of reducing vehicle emissions, emphasizing the benefits of good economic policy and expressing eagerness to strengthen cooperation between different agencies.
The forum also welcomed ten speakers to share their knowledge, experience, and policy recommendations. The speakers discussed international practices in the design and implementation of congestion charging and low-emission zones. To wrap up the event, in a round-table discussion delegates from Hangzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing, Beijing, and Shenzhen described the transportation challenges in their respective regions and the main policy responses to them.