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Three days left to register for our workshop “Reverse Innovation: Rethinking Urban Transport through Global Learning” on 18th of September 2017 in Berlin

Our dialogue event “Reverse Innovation: Rethinking Urban Transport through Global Learning” is coming closer: On the 18th of September the German Environment Agency (UBA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are jointly hosting the international event.

In the context of the European Mobility Week (September 18th to 22nd 2017) the event aims at discussing innovative urban mobility developments from developing and emerging countries and their potential application for German cities. Thus, we offer a forum for exchange between cities, institutions and companies.

You can expect interesting presentations i.a. from Egypt (Samira Negm, Founder of Carpooling App Raye7), from Indonesia (Crystal Widjaja, SVP Business Intelligence of Go-Jek) and from India (Dr. Kalpana Viswanath, Co-Founder SafetiPin App).

In the following, a high-level panel discussion will be hosted whose panelists include i.a. Mayor Werner Spec (City of Ludwigsburg), Udo Hartmann (Daimler AG) and Robert Follmer (INFAS).

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.

Please register until 8th September here. The workshop is free of charge. Workshop language will be English.

More information on the agenda and the venue find here.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

Transport and Climate Change Training held in Kenya

The Kenyan State Department of Transport (SDoT) together with the Advancing Transport Climate Strategies (TraCS) project implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) were jointly hosting a training workshop in order to meet the increasing need for improved sectoral coordination, huge data gaps that need filling and in-depth trainings on GHG data analysis for the Kenyan transport sector.

The workshop took place on 21 June 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya, and provided participants from different state agencies under the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development (MoTIHUD) with a deeper understanding of the basic relationships between climate change and transport, the differences between GHG emissions and local air pollution, and the basics of GHG calculations in the transport sector.

Discussion focused on data availability and storage, as well as existing data sharing arrangements. Several participants including representatives from agencies such as the Kenya Railways and the Kenya Airports Authority indicated to being in the possession of well disaggregated data within their agencies. Other agencies as the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), responsible for vehicle registration, inspection and maintenance, stressed to be working on expanding their reach and improving their systems.

The participants also acknowledged the significance of the TraCS project describing it as a useful sectoral initiative that – if successful – can provide guidance for other sectors to follow suit.

This training was the first to be held as part of the jointly developed work plan (April 2017) between the TraCS project and the State Department for Transport in Kenya. Activities identified were being implemented within the framework of the Kenyan National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), as well as the Climate Change ACT 2016 which form the backbone of Kenya’s transition into a low carbon climate resilient nation.

Binding Design Standards for Cycling Infrastructure in Lima approved/Municipalidad de Lima aprueba nuevos estándares para ciclo-infraestructura

With the resolution N° 311-2017, the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, the Peruvian capital city has adopted legally binding design standards for cycling infrastructure. The elaboration of the technical design manual was supported by TRANSfer during 2016. With the launch of this manual, Lima has established suitable and safe standards for cycling infrastructure that are in line with international recommendations. The guidelines may further serve as a model for the planned revision of the national regulation, which currently have much lower safety standards and are partly inexistent. The manuel can be found here  (Spanish)

Con Resolución de Gerencia N° 311-2017 de la Gerencia de Transporte Urbano de la Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima, la capital del Perú aprobó legalmente el manual de diseño de infraestructura ciclo inclusiva, cuya elaboración fue apoyada por TRANSfer, durante 2016. Con el lanzamiento de este manual, Lima ha establecido estándares adecuados y seguros para la infraestructura ciclista alineados con recomendaciones internacionales. Las directrices pueden servir además como guía para la revisión prevista de las guías nacionales, que actualmente tienen estándares de seguridad mucho más bajos y en algunos casos son inexistentes. El siguiente paso es elaborar un reglamento a nivel nacional que sirva de guía a otras ciudades en el Perú. El manuel se puede encontrar aquí (en español)

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.

Interested?

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.

Contact
Urda Eichhorst
urda.eichhorst@giz.de
+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.

Contact
Urda Eichhorst
urda.eichhorst@giz.de
+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.

Contact
Urda Eichhorst
urda.eichhorst@giz.de
+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