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 the new Passenger and Freight Transport Volume of the Compendium on GHG Baselines and Monitoring

The GIZ project Advancing Transport Climate Strategies funded by the German Environment Ministry under the International Climate Initiative invites you to join the webinar “MRV of Measures in the Transport Sector – new Volume of the Compendium on GHG Baselines and Monitoring” on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 1 – 2:30 pm CET.

Please register here.

Urda Eichhorst, Transport and Climate Change Advisor at GIZ, will provide the background to the development of the Passenger and Freight Transport Volume and briefly reflect on the portfolio of assistance provided through German development cooperation in order to assist countries in identifying effective transport mitigation measures and monitoring their effects. Then, Charles Kooshian, Transportation Policy Analyst at the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) will present the scope of the Passenger and Freight Transport Volume and provide examples for baseline and monitoring methodologies from the volume. Finally, Marion Vieweg-Mersmann, Current Future, will explain the linkages between GHG monitoring and reporting of measures and national transport GHG inventories. In the end, there will be time for questions and answers.

The webinar primarily addresses government agencies, consultants, think-tanks and international cooperation organisations that want to calculate emission reductions from transport mitigation actions.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

07:00 – 08:30 Washington DC (UTC-5)
08:00 – 09:30 Brasilia (UTC-4)
12:00 – 13:30 Windhoek (UTC+1)
13:00 – 14:30 Berlin (UTC+2)
14:00 – 15:30 Addis Ababa, Nairobi (UTC+3)
18:00 – 19:30 Bangkok, Hanoi (UTC+7)

Background
The Compendium on GHG Baselines and Monitoring is a UNFCCC coordinated, multi-stakeholder effort to provide a resource map of methodologies, methods and tools for establishing baselines and monitoring emissions reductions from mitigation actions. The Compendium covers methodologies in all IPCC sectors.

On 09 May 2017 during the Technical Expert Meeting in Bonn, Germany, the newest volume of the UNFCCC coordinated Compendium on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Baselines and Monitoring will be officially launched. The transport volume was coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), with funding from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), and written with the assistance of the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) with contributions from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and included a wide-ranging expert review.

Please download the Passenger and Freight Transport Volume here (available from 09 May).

Contact
Urda Eichhorst
urda.eichhorst@giz.de
+49 228 4460-1717

Webinar on National Decarbonisation Strategies in the Transport Sector: The Example of Germany

SUTP invites you to join their first webinar in 2017 on Monday, May 8th!

In this webinar Christian Hochfeld, Director of Agora Verkehrswende, provides a detailed insight into the decarbonisation strategy of Germany’s transport sector and the intention behind Agora Verkehrswende – Transforming Transportation. Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General for Environment & Infrastructure at BMZ will reflect the necessity for a global transformation of the transport sector and how the German development cooperation plans to empower particularly local stakeholders in our partner countries.

The webinar addresses international development experts, local and national level policy-makers and planners, practitioners, academia and active citizens.

If you wish to participate, please register here. You can find all this information and further course offers on the Capacity-Building platform CAPSUT.

Monday, May 8th, 2017

07:00 – 08:00 Mexico City, Bogota (UTC-5)
09:00 – 10:00 Rio de Janeiro (UTC-3)
12:00 – 13:00 Windhoek (UTC+1)
13:00 – 14:00 Berlin (UTC +2)
14:00 – 15:00 Kyiv, Addis Ababa (UTC+3)
18:00 – 19:00 Bangkok (UTC+7)
19:00 – 20:00 Beijing, Shanghai, Manila (UTC+8)

Background

With the historical climate agreement in Paris the international community set itself an ambitious target for climate protection. To reduce global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level, decarbonisation is the key issue that will define the debate over the future of the world’s energy and transport systems. Germany has the responsibility – like all other countries – to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions. Many countries have already set ambitious targets and identified action areas for emission reductions in the transport sector within their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Germany is a pioneer in the adoption of sustainable mobility, smart mobility and e-mobility concepts. At the same time, coined by its automobile industry, it is facing the challenge of structural transformation. To achieve the greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2030, 2040 and 2050, the transport related oil consumption needs to be drastically reduced. But transformation of the transport sector requires not only the substitution of fossil fuels by renewables. It also requires rethinking and optimising the entire mobility system in a holistic manner – by avoiding unnecessary traffic, shifting to environmentally friendly modes of transport and improving the efficiency of the transport system.

The transformation of our transport system is a complex challenge. It can only be achieved if the key players in the fields of politics, economics, science and civil society are working together. In partnership with these key players, Agora Verkehrswende lays the foundation for a comprehensive climate protection strategy for the German transport sector and supports its successful implementation.

Register here to participate in the webinar.

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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Ley ProBici: Nueva ley en Colombia para promover el uso de bicicletas y la intermodalidad

IMG_0017A la luz de los alarmantes niveles de congestión, contaminación del aire y sonora, niveles de estrés en aumento y calidad de vida en deterioro en ambientes urbanos, el Gobierno de Colombia recientemente adoptó una nueva ley para incentivar el uso de bicicletas y su integración al transporte público.

 


¿Cuáles son los beneficios para los ciclistas?

Al usar bicicletas para llegar al transporte público, a los viajeros se les otorga un viaje gratis en transporte público por cada 30 viajes en bicicleta (el conteo se realiza a través de los estacionamientos para bicicletas integrados al sistema de transporte público). Además, la ley obliga a que cada cuerpo público en el país libere al menos 10% del espacio de estacionamiento para automóviles para las bicicletas (mínimo de 12 sitios de estacionamiento para bicicletas por edificio). Los servidores públicos reciben otro incentivo especial para comenzar a usar la bicicleta: Después de 30 días de llevar la bicicleta al trabajo, se los recompensa con medio día de licencia con goce de sueldo. Se invita a las compañías privadas a que ofrezcan los mismos beneficios a sus empleados, sin embargo, no están legalmente obligadas a hacerlo.

Foto: Integración de las bicicletas al transporte público en CableAéreo Manizales (Colombia)

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MobiliseYourCity introduced at the COP 22 in Marrakech

1st-myc-steering-committee-marrakech-11-11-2016On November 11th the German Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB) and the French Ministère de l’Environnement, de l’Énergie et de la Mer (MEEM) introduced their joint initiative MobiliseYourCity for sustainable urban mobility in emerging and development countries. The initiative is supported by its founding partners the Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (ADEME), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Centre d’études et d’expertise sur les risques, l’environnement, la mobilité et l’aménagement (CEREMA), Cooperation for urban mobility in the developing world (CODATU) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ). On behalf of the BMUB the GIZ TRANSfer Project supports the initiative MobiliseYourCity (MYC) by implementing sustainable local city transport and the planning process of transport related infrastructures. MYC was launched in December 2015 at COP 21 in Paris as an initiative of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda / Global Climate Action Agenda for an initial period of 5 years (2016-2020).

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