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James Leather

James Leather

Chief of Transport Sector Group
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC)


Mr. Leather leads ADB's Sustainable Transport Initiative, providing support to ADB's transport operations across Asia and the Pacific and acts as the transport focal point for ADB with international organizations. He is also a Committee member of the transport community of practice and urban community of practice within ADB.

  • 01 Feb 2011 | Papers and Briefs

    Asian cities, traditionally cities of walkers, are now experiencing exponential increase in motorization, which has limited the attention given to pedestrian and public transport facilities. A change in focus that will allow people, not vehicles, to reclaim the urban environment is required. The study provides information on the current pedestrian infrastructure in selected cities that can be used to develop and propose pedestrian-focused solutions for Asian cities.

  • 01 Dec 2009 | Papers and Briefs

    As part of its lead role among multilateral development banks on transport and climate change, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), as assigned at the Gleneagles G8 Discussions on Climate Change in 2005, has prepared this document to rethink the roles and relationships of transport and climate change. Transport-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are expected to increase dramatically over the next 2 decades, and Asian countries - particularly the People's Republic of China and India - will account for a substantial share of this growth.

  • 01 Dec 2009 | Papers and Briefs

    This report provides a discussion on the relevance of measuring greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), as well as air pollution from the transport sector from various methodologies and using the activity-structure-intensity-fuel (ASIF) type model. It aims to guide authorities and researchers in Asia in measuring O2emissions, as well as air pollutants from the urban transport sector. It also provides a discussion on the key parameters needed to be routinely collected by authorities to come up with an accurate estimate of the emissions.

  • 15 Dec 2008 | Papers and Briefs

    A public transport is a more viable alternative to private cars and motorcycles in the cities.