Southeast Asian cities are among the most congested and polluted in the world.
Hanoi and Jakarta have overtaken Beijing in a global ranking of the world’s most polluted cities, as the Southeast Asia’s fast-growing metropolises get richer and bigger.
The problem is set to get worse in the world’s most climate-vulnerable region, as the expanding middles classes choose cars as their transport of choice.
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Southeast Asia is one of the world’s fastest growing car markets. In the Philippines, car sales have tripled in the last 5 years, making traffic, air pollution and climate-changing emissions more severe.
But in pockets of innovation around the region, transport is going green.
From e-bikes in Vietnam and e-buses in Indonesia to flying solar-powered taxis in Singapore and e-jeepneys in the Philippines, the fast-growing regional bloc is waking up to the economic and environmental potential of electric transport.
This video highlights the region’s transport electrification story, and is part of Eco-Business’s series on Southeast Asia’s clean energy transition.
Production by Philip Amiote