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Asia's booming cities must go green or risk disaster: ADB study (3)

(People's Daily Online)

11:42, August 18, 2012

Conservation and efficiency improvements will help. Many countries have begun diversifying their energy sources to include renewables and have been investing in energy-efficient buildings and sustainable transport systems. Imposing congestion and emission charges, as in Singapore, and removing inefficient fuel subsidies, as in Indonesia, can make prices more fully reflect social costs. But the report says much more is needed, including the development and mainstreaming of new green technologies. Early examples are waste-to-energy conversion plants, as in the Philippines and Thailand, or “smart” electric grids.

For urbanization to be not only green but inclusive, policy makers need to promote climate resilient cities, in order to prevent disasters like the 2011 Bangkok floods, and improve urban slum areas, the report points out.

As one of fastest region of Asia in the process of urbanization, China faces tough problems such as low-quality urbanization and unequal development opportunities between small-and medium-sized cities and towns, said Li Tie, Director General of China Center for Urban Development, in a press conference held for ADB’s report launch in Beijing.

Li said China has to accelerate the reforms in household registry, land management, fiscal and taxation system, urban administration, investment and financing system and the statistical system to archive a better urbanization in China.
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