Maximizing Environmental Benefits and Climate Proofing Transport Projects

Publication | December 2013
Maximizing Environmental Benefits and Climate Proofing Transport Projects

Resilient transport is vital to the social and economic well-being of citizens across Asia and the Pacific. At the same time, transport is responsible for a number of negative impacts on the environment, including greenhouse gases, air pollution, noise, vibration and biodiversity losses. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recognizes the increasing urgency to achieve net environmental benefits as well as ensuring climate resilience of new investment projects in the transport sector. The Climate Change and Environment Advisory Team of the Transport Community of Practice conducted a training workshop in October 2013 to address the challenges posed by methodological difficulties, resource constraints and limited capacity of ADB staff working on environment and climate change in the transport sector.

The two day training workshop provided a venue for the participants to share experiences and find ways to mainstream climate change adaptation in the design, construction and maintenance of transport projects while maximizing environmental benefits. It also brought back the focus on environmental issues, such as biodiversity and air pollution, while continuing to address climate change.

The training workshop was well attended by 51 ADB staff from all Regional Departments, Regional and Sustainable Development Department (RSDD) and selected Resident Missions ( India, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam together with Uzbekistan via video conference) as well as 4 external resource persons.

The workshop identified concrete actions the Bank can implement to maximize environmental benefits and effectively climate proof transport projects.


  • Executive Summary
  • Background
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Maximizing environmental benefits
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Participation in the meeting of the Multilateral Financing Institutions Subgroup on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accounting
  • Knowledge sharing presentation on “Climate Change and Development”
  • Discussion on next steps, responsibilities and timeline for finalizing the publication on Climate Vulnerability Assessment
  • What’s next? Translating recommendations into actions
  • Evaluation
  • Appendixes