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Warsaw inspires Indonesian delegation with low carbon public transport

Delegates Naufal Isnaeni and Hariyadi Sukamto of the municipalities of Bogor and Balikpapan from Indonesia visited Poland from 15 – 22 November 2015 as part of the Urban-LEDS project to learn from Warsaw’s experience in low emission strategies. The city’s green growth vision includes sustainable transport development as a key component. Warsaw’s extensive bus fleet includes 18 buses operating on liquefied natural gas, 10 new electric buses, and a further 15 are fitted with photovoltaic panels – a combined innovative approach clearly exploring different options. The carbon-neutral electric busses were found to be just as durable as diesel buses while being more fuel efficient and less noisy, representing a preferable option for replication in the two delegates’ home cities. An additional interesting consideration is the reduction of air pollution from transport, which is much needed in densely populated cities.

Warsaw’s dedicated department for public bicycle hire ensures that the scheme is efficiently and effectively managed.  Since its introduction in 2012, citizens have made over 6 million bicycle trips! With some adaptation to the Indonesian context, the public bicycle scheme was deemed to be potentially replicable in Bogor. After visiting Warsaw’s Public Transport Authority, the two visitors were inspired to consider developing a public transport authority to support the operation of the government-owner bus operator in Bogor. 

A visit to the automotive industry PIMOT revealed the city’s carbon-efficient biodiesel and electric vehicle technology. The Indonesian cities could explore used cooking oil as a potential fuel, however, the intervention of the local government was necessary to ensure a stable supply.