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Save the Date: 18/09/2017: Workshop − Rethinking Urban Transport through Global Learning

The German Environment Agency (UBA) together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are jointly hosting the international workshop “Reverse Innovation − Rethinking Urban Transport through Global Learning”.

The workshop will take place on the 18th of September 2017 in Berlin. In the context of the European Mobility Week (September 18th to 22nd 2017) and in parallel to the Transport and Climate Change Week (by GIZ on behalf of BMUB) the workshop will inspire urban mobility development in German cities.

Since challenges of digitalisation and decarbonisation of transport and mobility are on the rise globally, mutual learning for cities become more vital than ever before. Cities can rely on a wide range of experiences in the European Union, which has been promoting city networks and bringing together urban mobility actors for many years. But it is particular worth looking beyond Europe’s borders as foreign business innovations are proving. Electric busses come from China and flexible delivery services via app are daily routine in India and Indonesia.

What are the potentials of reverse innovations in the field of urban mobility? In how far can German cities learn from urban mobility developments coming from developing countries?

Addressing these questions, the president of the German Environment Agency, Ms. Krautzberger, as well as Mr. Dr. Beier, the Member of GIZ Management Board, will jointly open the workshop and kick-start the discussion on the potential of reverse innovation in the field of urban mobility.

Then the workshop will provide practical innovation examples from developing and emerging countries such as China, Egypt, Indonesia and India that ought to ignite a lively discussion with the diverse audience.

Furthermore, a high-level panel discussion will be hosted whose panellists include German Mayors, high ranking company representatives and innovation researchers. Please find a tentative agenda here.


If you want to participate in the workshop, please click here to complete the online registration form.

Now available online: Webinar on MRV of Measures in the Transport Sector, highlighting the new Passenger and Freight Transport Volume of the Compendium on GHG Baselines and Monitoring

How does GIZ systematically support capacity development on Measurement, Reporting & Verification (MRV) in transport? Which methodologies are available to set baselines and monitor emission reductions from transport? And what are the linkages between greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring and reporting of measures and national transport GHG inventories?

The GIZ project Advancing Transport Climate Strategies funded by the German Environment Ministry (BMUB) under the International Climate Initiative (ICI) hosted a webinar to discuss these questions by introducing two recent publications:

  1. The Passenger and Freight Transport Volume of the Compendium on GHG Baselines and Monitoring – a comprehensive guide through existing methodologies GHG quantification of different types of transport mitigation actions.
  2. A paper titled Bottom-Up GHG Inventory and MRV of Measures – Synergies and Limitations in the Transport Sector.

The webinar can be viewed in full here.

Webinar viewers learn about the basic approach to GHG accounting in the transport sector and the scope of the Transport Volume. They receive an overview of the baseline and monitoring methodologies covered in the Transport Volume and get an idea how national GHG inventories are linked to MRV of measures.

Speakers included Urda Eichhorst, Transport and Climate Change Advisor at GIZ, Charles Kooshian, Transportation Policy Analyst at CCAP and Marion Vieweg-Mersmann, founder of Current Future.

Please find the presentation slides here.

Urda Eichhorst
+49 228 4460-1717

New Publication: Bottom-Up GHG Inventory and MRV of Measures in the Transport Sector

Bottom-Up GHG Inventory and MRV of Measures in the Transport SectorExploring the synergies and limitations between bottom-up greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and the Measurement, Reporting & Verification (MRV) of policies and actions in the transport sector – that is the focus of a recently published paper coordinated by GIZ’s Advancing Transport Climate Strategies project and written by Marion Vieweg-Mersmann, founder of Current Future. National GHG emission inventories are vital for reporting transport sector emissions. But to what extent can inventories be used to monitor the success of single mitigation measures?         Bottom-up inventory models for transport-related emissions allow for a more detailed analysis in comparison to top-down assessments in national inventories that are based on fuel consumption only. They therefore require an extensive amount of data collection. How far can data collected for inventory preparation be used for the MRV of measures?

On the one hand the paper stresses that using data from a bottom-up inventory, such as emission factors, for the MRV of measures enhances the comparability of the effects of measures and can help to develop a consistent national system for data collection and Targeted parameters and use of invetory data for vehicle-based efficiency standardsreporting. On the other hand, data collected for the MRV of measures may be used to increase the level of detail of the inventory. However, differences in geographic boundaries or a lack of detail in inventory data, which is required for MRV of certain measures, can limit the applicability of data from the transport GHG inventory for the MRV of measures. Consequently, it depends on the measure at hand if it can be monitored largely based on data already collected for a bottom-up inventory or if most data needs to be collected separately.

Want to learn more? Please download the publication here.

Urda Eichhorst
+49 228 4460-1717

Roundtable on NDC Implementation and Transparency in Transport

ffffffOn 12 May, the GIZ project Advancing Transport Climate Strategies organised a Round Table Discussion that elaborated on the lessons learnt regarding NDC implementation in the transport sector, ways to increase the level of ambition and the requirements of transparency frameworks in the sector. Since many international cooperation projects are already supporting countries on different aspects of NDC implementation in the transport sector, the Round Table captured the increasing need to exchange, manage knowledge and coordinate activities at the interface between transport and climate.

Back to back to the UNFCCC Meetings of the Subsidiary Bodies, the diverse discussion was attended by more than 30 international participants from different climate and transport initiatives and from different Parties.

The panelists identified aligning NDC formulation and long-term climate strategies as a crucial requirement to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. However, since the first NDCs were put together hastily to meet the Paris deadline, many lack an appropriate database. This development was confirmed by Ms. Achieng Ogola, Climate Change Directorate Kenya who stressed the urgent requirement of working towards appropriate data robustness in order to adequately commit to NDCs. Furthermore, it should be taken into consideration that different countries have different starting points to develop their sectoral climate strategies. For developing countries it is essential to receive proper support and capacity development in implementing NDCs, which is also an important precondition to enhance the level of ambition.

With regard to funding mitigation in the transport sector, some participants highlighted the need for a clear policy framework in order to leverage private sector finance. Private investors were only attracted if they could envision a business case and a high investment security. Nevertheless, private finance cannot be expected to facilitate the bulk of mitigation options in the transport sector nor will climate finance alone solve the sustainable transport challenges. Around 28 billion dollars had been spent by developing banks on transport – much more than climate finance would be able to deliver, another participant argued. Capacity development was outlined to be key in addressing the lack of bankable and sustainable projects, but it is not the final solution to the funding challenge – funding innovations are needed. Especially low rated countries are struggling to access finance.

While the many presented initiatives showed that climate actions in the transport sector are increasingly gaining momentum, marginal approaches to sustainable transport are not enough – “we cannot use the climate solutions of yesterday to solve tomorrow’s challenges of decarbonized transport”.

The speakers were:

The event was supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

For more Information:

Download the presentations by all speakers here.

Find the Round Table handout here.

Out now: Passenger and Freight Transport Volume of the Compendium on GHG Baselines and Monitoring

Transport VolumeOn 09 May 2017, the publication of the Passenger and Freight Transport Volume, a comprehensive guide through existing methodologies for greenhouse gas (GHG) quantification of different types of transport mitigation actions, was officially launched during the UNFCCC´s 46th session of the Subsidiary Bodies in Bonn.

It is the newest volume of the UNFCCC’s Compendium on GHG Baselines and Monitoring, a multi-stakeholder effort to provide a resource map of methodologies and tools for establishing baselines and monitoring emissions reductions from mitigation Actions.

The Passenger and Freight Transport Volume guides readers through existing methodologies for the mitigation action they are considering. The methodologies presented in the Transport Volume were chosen with a view to cover a broad range of different mitigation action types in terms of scale, type of intervention and affected modes. So far, the Transport Volume covers more than 30 methodologies and tools, which are structured into eight different mitigation action types:

  1. Intra-urban mass rapid transit Investments
  2. Comprehensive urban transport programmes
  3. Vehicle efficiency improvement programmes
  4. Alternative fuels incentives
  5. Inter-urban rail infrastructure
  6. Freight transport infrastructure investments to shift mode
  7. National fuel economy standards
  8. Pricing policies (forthcoming)

Funded through the International Climate Initiative of BMUB, the Transport Volume was coordinated by GIZ’s Advancing Transport Climate Strategies project, written by the Centre for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and developed in close coordination with the UNFCCC Secretariat and other organisations.

Download the Transport Volume here.

Urda Eichhorst
+49 228 4460-1717

Webinar on Emission Inventory for the Transport Sector

The GIZ projects Information Matters and TRACS are cordially inviting you to a webinar comprising theoretical background information on the development of bottom-up GHG emission models and practical experiences from a developing country perspective (Vietnam). The webinar will be held on Thursday, 16th of March 2017, 1 – 2:30 pm CET.

The entire presentation is available now here.

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COP 21 Side Event – Promoting Low Carbon Transport

On Monday, November 30th, the COP 21 side Event “Promoting Low Carbon Transport” will take place at the German Pavilion from 6-8 pm.

International experts, politicians and practitioners will discuss recent trends, good practices and challenges in the field of low carbon transport policies and how the level of ambition can be further raised in the transport sector.

For more information, please see the programme of the side event below:


COP21 side event Promoting Low Carbon Transport

COP21 side event Promoting Low Carbon Transport


COP 21 Side Event – Linking ambition to action- Success factors for low carbon development pathways in transport sectors

On Wednesday, December 2nd, the Bridging the Gap Initiative, SLoCaT and GIZ / TRANSfer will host the side Event Linking ambition to action- Success factors for low carbon development pathways in transport sectors as part of the COP21 in Paris.

During the side event, the results and conclusions of a detailed analysis of transport related elements in INDCs will be presented. As an example of voluntary commitments, the Mobilise your City Initiative of the LPAA will also be presented showing how ambition is being raised beyond the INDCs context. This will be complemented by some concrete examples and experience in planning and implementation of mitigation policies, Measures and NAMAs in the transport sector in different countries. Finally, the 365 campaign will be introduced that collects mitigation measures in the transport sector and makes information on different approaches available to the public.

Panelists will discuss with the audience success factors for effective mitigation action in the transport sector, good practices and major challenges.


For more information, please see the programme of the side event below:

Linking ambition to action

Linking Ambition to Action – BtG SLoCaT

EcoMobility World Festival 2015, Johannesburg

The ‘EcoMoblity World Festival 2015’ was one of the most unique events that have ever taken place in South Africa. The executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Councillor Parks Tau, was a proud host of the world´s second-ever ‘EcoMobility World Festival 2015’, organised by the City of Johannesburg and ICLEI. Following the first ‘EcoMobility World Festival’ in Suwon, South Korea in 2013, the month-long car-free city district festival took place during South Africa´s Transportation Month from 1 – 31 October 2015.

3The location of the festival was the central economic hub of Sandton, Johannesburg. Sandton is the second largest Central Business District in Johannesburg and is characterised by very high traffic volumes. By closing down some of the major road lanes in and around Sandton, the festival literally visualised an ecomobile future for its local residents and visitors from all over the world. The overall objective was to promote behavioral change among citizens, demonstrate future modes of mobility, and highlight the imperative for climate protection as well as the role that mobility and individual behaviour play in securing a liveable city for future Generations, among others. These were demonstrated in different ways; for example, by promoting the use of public transport such as the Rea-Vaya BRT and the Gautrain as well as other forms of accessible, safe, attractive and fossil-free mobility like walking and cycling in and out of Sandton during the entire month of October.


During the week of 5-8 October there were various forms of dialogues which were rich in content and attracted more than 500 participants from local governments, international organisations, academia and NGO from five continents. The dialogues comprised of a number of workshops and presentations given by experts which allowed an international and national exchange of knowledge and technical papers. On the 5th of October, Manfred Breithaupt from the GIZ co-hosted the Travel Demand Management workshop which described principles and strategies that imply a policy of demand management and activities to be developed with participants where hypothetical situations for their cities will be applied. The workshop touched upon strategies that seek to maximise the efficiency of urban transport systems by discouraging individual automobile use and promoting more effective, healthy and environment-friendly and non motorised modes of transport and reducing commuting journeys.

Furthermore, from 4 – 25 October, an exhibition which was organised by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) on behalf of the City of Johannesburg formed part of the ‘EcoMobility World Festival 2015’. The exhibition offered an opportunity for both local and international entities to demonstrate and test their products with a walk-in live audience. The major purpose was to introduce the various EcoMobility alternatives to the public and business people in Sandton and to create a platform for the public to talk to the exhibiting organisations. The GIZ TRANSfer office in Pretoria was also granted an opportunity to set up an exhibition stand which attracted large numbers of visitors keen to receive information on GIZ´s activities.

8One of the substantial outcomes of the EcoMobility Dialogues was the Johannesburg Declaration on EcoMobility which was endorsed and strongly supported by experts and participants. The Johannesburg Declaration brings a strong message on EcoMobility, sustainable urban transportation and climate change to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC-COP 21) which will be held in Paris in December 2015. Moreover, “the declaration summarises multiple benefits of EcoMobility for sustainable urban development and thus sends a signal towards the negotiations for Habitat III (October 2016, Quito) to bring sustainable urban mobility into the New Urban Agenda” (Ecomobilityfestival).








TRANSfer at COP 21

Between 30th of November and 11th of Dezember this year, TRANSfer will attend the COP21 in Paris with a variety of events. Highlights include a full thematic day on transport and the NAMA fair. Please stay in touch for further updates.

The TRANSfer team is looking forward to the events at the COP and is welcoming discussions and an exchange of information on transport, Climate Change and NAMAs – feel free to attend and participate!

Please see the full timetable below:


COP21 TRANSfer Events