Japan promotes eco-friendly transportation

Tokyo, June 18 : A safe and efficient transportation system is one of the highlights of Singapore's Changi Airport.

Its credit goes to Japanese signal maker Kyosan, which introduced the signal system automated electric sky train.

The electric sky trains, equipped with rubber tyres, are eco-friendly and help passengers move from one terminal to another.

Kyosan has provided the technology for eco-friendly trains at 10 airports, including Hong Kong, Inchon, Miami, Dubai and Atlanta.

"Sky train at Changi airport is fully integrated with the terminal buildings. On the land site, it provides connection to all the three terminals as well as the major facilities such as MRT which is our city train system, our car park, our bus interchange and all the major facilities in the land site," Seoh Zhi Wen, Manager, Passenger Transportation Systems, Changi Airport Group Singapore Pte Ltd.

"On the other side, it plays important role in connecting our passengers especially their needs to transfer flight from one terminal to another. So, it is as important to make sure the Changi airport makes the minimum connecting time, and therefore, if you look at our system in Changi airport, the North System as well as the South System have a connection across the three terminals," he added.

"The passengers have alternately ideas to use the Sky Train or to use the moving walkways to move quickly from one part of the terminal to another part of the terminal which can be across the road," Wen said.

Japan has set an example for others with its environment-friendly measures.

The country's Yamato Transport, which runs TA-Q-BIN door-to-door parcel delivery service, has an environment protection campaign called "Nekology".

It uses low pollution vehicles such as Hybrid and LPG vans for parcel delivery.

To deliver door-to-door parcels, it uses bicycles or wheel dollies.

This helps reduce carbon emissions.

"We are a transport company. And, in order to conduct our collection and delivery services while aiming to reduce environmental load, we started a campaign called "Nekology," Shin Horii, Manager, Environmental Development, Yamato Transport Co Ltd

"It helps our staff maintain environmental consciousness while operating transport business. We work on the motto - minimum use of cars. If necessary, we use an eco-car," Horii added.

"The minimum use of cars helps in reducing CO2. We encourage using non-motorised transportation such as bicycles or wheel dollies. We try to use low environmental burden vehicles as much as possible," Horii said further.

Yamato Transport is providing TA-Q-BIN service in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China.

It aims to expand its unique door-to-door delivery services using eco-friendly campaigns as they have been doing in Japan.

--ANI (Posted on 19-06-2013)

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