Webinar: Transport in NDCs – Lessons Learnt and how to Raise Ambition

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 1.5h webinar Transport in NDCs – lessons learnt and how to raise ambition. The webinar presents key results recent studies of the from the BMUB-IKI funded Advancing Transport Climate Strategies (TraCS) project.

Daniel Bongardt (GIZ) will present how transport is represented in NDCs and what conclusion can be drawn for NDC revision. Edina Loehr, (Ricardo Energy & Environment) will present the lessons learnt from case studies including methodology, country examples, recommendations for climate and transport ministries and donors. Before a final Q&A, Edina Loehr will address the topic of raising ambition in NDCs. The webinar primarily addresses government agencies, consultants, think-tanks and international cooperation organisations, as well as scholars and graduate students.

It is scheduled for Monday, 29 January 2018, 14:00 – 15:30 Berlin time (UTC+1)
08:00 – 09:30 Washington DC (UTC-5)
11:00 – 12:30 Brasilia (UTC-2)
15:00 – 16:30 Windhoek (UTC+2)
16:00 – 17:30 Addis Ababa, Nairobi (UTC+3)
20:00 – 21:30 Bangkok, Hanoi (UTC+7)

Please register for the webinar here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6416894282300484611

Further information on the Report “Transport in NDCs”:

GIZ and Ricardo provide policy-makers and development practitioners key insight into the development and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the transport sector for post-2020 climate actions in rapidly-motorising countries. Published ahead of the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, the report summarises case study findings from rapidly-motorising countries, including Bangladesh, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Peru and Viet Nam. It highlights the shared challenges they face in developing and delivering greenhouse gas mitigation actions within expanding transport sectors. These include the impact that a lack of transport data is having on sectoral climate action and the need for increased buy-in from key transport stakeholders to achieve countries’ climate change commitments. The report also highlights the need to build climate change expertise within transport authorities, and for greater alignment between NDCs and national transport sector strategies.

Download the report at: https://www.changing-transport.org/wp-content/uploads/2017_Transport-in-NDCs.pdf

We’re looking forward to meeting you online!

Webinar series on Methodologies for Baselines and Monitoring in the Transport Sector: Episode 2

We are pleased to invite you to participate in episode 2 of our joint webinar series of the UNFCCC Secretariat and GIZ on Methodologies for GHG Baselines and Monitoring in the Transport Sector. The series comprises eight webinars and is based on the chapters of the UNFCCC Secretariat’s Passenger and Freight Transport Volume of the Compendium on GHG Baselines and Monitoring.

Join us for episode 2 of the series on 13 December 2017 at 3pm (UTC+1) German on how to MRV complex urban transport programmes or plans. Urda Eichhorst (GIZ) and Charles Kooshian, from the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) will introduce the core indicators for setting GHG baselines and monitoring emission reductions from the introduction of complex sustainable urban transport programmes or plans.

Urda Eichhorst will highlight the urban transport GHG inventory-based approach used for instance in the MobiliseYourCity Partnership for capturing the effects of Sustainable Urban Mobilitiy Plans (SUMPs). Charles Kooshian will present how a control-group approach will be used to account for the effects of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Colombia. In addition, Arnaud Godet from CIUDAT, a center for sustainable urban development, housed within the national development bank, FINDETER, in Colombia will share their experience with preparing to apply the control-group approach for their transit-oriented development NAMA, supported by the NAMA Facility. In the last 30 minutes of the webinar, there will be time for questions and answers. Please register here.

The webinar addresses primarily government agencies, consultants, think tanks and international cooperation organisations that want to calculate emissions reductions from complex urban transport programmes or plans.

Webinar times – 13 December 2017

09:00 – 10:30 Washington DC (UTC-5)
09:00 – 10:30 Bogotá (UTC-5)
15:00 – 16:30 Berlin (UTC+1)
17:00 – 18:30 Addis Abbaba, Nairobi (UTC+3)
21:00 – 22:30 Bangkok, Hanoi (UTC+7)

We’re looking forward to meeting you online!

The full series will cover the methodologies for all mitigation action types covered by the Passenger and Freight Transport Volume

  1. National Fuel Economy Standards (5 October 2017 – with the ICCT)
  2. Comprehensive Urban Transport Programmes (13 December 2017 – with CCAP)
  3. Pricing Policies (1st quarter of 2018 – with INFRAS and ICAT)
  4. Alternative Fuels Incentives, Regulation and Production
  5. Mass Transit Investments
  6. Vehicle Efficiency Improvement Programmes
  7. Inter-Urban Rail Infrastructure
  8. Shift Mode of Freight Transport from Road to Rail or Water

Further information on the Passenger and Freight Transport Volume

On 09 May 2017, during the UNFCCC´s 46th session of the Subsidiary Bodies in Bonn, the publication of the Passenger and Freight Transport Volume of the UNFCCC’s Compendium on GHG Baselines and Monitoring was officially launched. The Transport Volume is a multi-stakeholder effort to provide a resource map of methodologies and tools for establishing baselines and monitoring emissions reductions from mitigation actions. It covers more than 30 methodologies and tools, which are structured into eight different mitigation action types.

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) and funded through the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety BMUB. It was written with the assistance of the Center for Clean Air Policy with contributions from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and INFRAS.


Urda Eichhorst: urda.eichhorst@giz.de

Victoria Novikova: VNovikova@unfccc.int

The Global Urban Mobility Challenge is now accepting applications!

Bushaltestelle, San José, Costa Rica; Foto: Florian Kopp

Does your city have a big problem in urban mobility? Do you have a bold idea to provide an innovative solution? Would 200k help to boost your project off the ground?

If so, Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), supported by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, encourages you to apply to the first ever Global Urban Mobility Challenge! TUMI is committed to the transition towards sustainable urban mobility in developing countries and emerging economies, and strives to support creative, resourceful, and original mobility projects that may pave the future for sustainable urban transport. This is your opportunity to receive the support you need to get started, accelerate your ambitious urban mobility goals, and make your dreams a reality.

This international competition is currently looking for innovative pilot projects that tackle big problems in urban mobility, and will award up to 200k to the up to ten cities that best present solutions for urgent and emerging mobility problems in developing and emerging economies. There is no better time to kick start your pilot project and join the TUMI family. TUMI benefits include access to finance, tailored capacity building assistance and invitations to selected events organised by TUMI partners.

TUMI is looking specifically for projects that seek to implement new strategies and connect different groups or actors that have not worked together before. Winning projects will not only be applicable in one specific city, but be able to be implemented and realised in other cities as well.

Pilot projects should meet the following criteria:

  • Create accessible environments for people and economy by shifting more trips towards sustainable mobility options
  • Support the creation of resilient structures and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in urban transport
  • Provide affordable access to public transport and safe walking and cycling environments
  • Reduce the number of traffic fatalities and help decrease transport related air pollution
  • Be able to be replicated in other contexts in addition to its intended area of implementation
  • Be able to be scaled in urban, national and international contexts with the potential to grow and develop

Topics for project proposals are endless. Some projects for inspiration include the Mobility for the Unbanked project in Fortaleza, Brazil which rolled out a bike-sharing system accessible to low-income workers free of charge and without credit card requirements. This framework differs from many others around the world, and provides a new opportunity to add bike-sharing transport trips to fulfill regular urban transport needs.

If you are technologically inclined, you might be more inspired by the Egyptian app, Raye7, that connects car drivers with messages about car sharing possibilities in real time. To avoid awkwardness surrounding financial transactions the app works with a points system that is exchanged and charged directly within the app. Cultural perceptions also play a dramatic role in public transportation use and understandings. Cape Town’s Open Streets Main Road project facilitated collaboration within the city administration to highlight the potential of a ‘city for people.’ Unique characteristics such as meticulously crafted urban walks create a car-free experience and encourage people to think differently about how to move around the city.

TUMI acknowledges that cities in developing countries and emerging economies face bigger challenges than ever before – and urges you to get in contact with them or one of their partners as soon as possible! Resources and professional insight will be offered to those who contact one of the TUMI partners as early as possible before the application deadline – February 28, 2018! After this, jury sessions will be held and select the most promising projects. The winners will then be presented at the International Transport Forum in May 2018.

Find more information and frequently asked questions here!

New technical brief outlines mitigation requirements of transport sector

The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), and GIZ have jointly released the technical brief, “From Ambition to Action: Decarbonising Transport to Achieve Paris Agreement Targets.”

The brief indicates mitigation requirements of the transport sector under the Paris Agreement and how mitigation action of transport contributes to the potential of achieving the 1.5 Degree Scenario, and plays a role within the development of National Determined Contributions and Long Term Emission Reduction Strategies.

The event, “From Ambition to Action: Decarbonising Transport in Germany and Abroad”, held within the framework of the COP23 at the GIZ Headquarters in Bonn, was guided by this work and expanded upon ways to implement more ambitious climate actions in transport.

Find more information about the brief here, or access it directly here.

GIZ COP23 Side Event “From Ambition to Action” Discussed Pathways to Decarbonising the Transport Sector

November 10th, 2017

How can we implement more ambitions climate actions in the transport sector? What are feasible pathways for emerging economies and developing countries to establish decarbonised transport? How can we build resilient transport infrastructure and unlock investments into climate-friendly transport solutions?

Over 160 German and international stakeholders took part in GIZ’s one-day event, From Ambition to Action: Decarbonising Transport in Germany and Abroad at the GIZ Headquarters in Bonn to consider precisely these questions. In the morning, Mr. Norbert Salomon from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and, in the afternoon, Mrs Tanja Rödiger Vorwerk from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) welcomed a diverse group of transport experts, ministry representatives, climate specialists, and financial experts.

Christian Hochfeld, CEO, Agora Verkehrswende, encourages more innovative solutions at national levels.

Speakers agreed that investments into sustainable transport pay off – in job growth, economic successes and advancement towards the Paris Agreement targets. CEO of Agora Verkehrswende, Christian Hochfeld, specified that investments must not only focus on substituting fossil fuels for renewable energy, but target and decrease the demand of energy itself. He suggested increasing the stringency of EU CO2 vehicle standards and encouraging more innovative solutions at national levels, to keep up with and complement the increasingly ambitious actions of sub-national and non-state actors in decarbonisation improvements. Head of Infrastructure – Energy, Water, and Mobility from GIZ, Mike Enskat, reported in his presentation how GIZ is facilitating climate actions in mobility on behalf of the German ministries BMUB and BMZ.

The morning panel, “Moving from ambition to action. Finally!” discussed Germany’s role in decarbonisation efforts. Head of Division I within the German Environmental Protection Agency (UBA), Harry Lehmann, acknowledged that Germany will not reach its aim to cut 40% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, partly due to the influence of the transport sector. It was mentioned by several participants that a mindset change was needed to move onto a decarbonisation pathway. China was provided as an example where increasing problems have led to fast innovation, electrification and investment with significant global impacts. Hochfeld states, “At this moment we can learn more from those emerging cities than the other way around.”

In the afternoon, the presentation by Daniel Bongardt of GIZ introduced key results from a recently launched study on ambition in the transport sector in G20 countries. This was followed by a presentation from Zhao Meng from the Energy Research Institute (ERI) who outlined China’s approach to climate-friendly transport. The afternoon panel discussion, “Unlocking investments for climate actions in the transport sector,” focused on raising ambition in large economies contributing most to transport-related emissions.

Sandra Hannusch, Senior Sector Economics, KfW, highlights the recent growth of the transport portfolio within KfW.

Senior Sector Economist at KfW, Sandra Hannusch, highlighted that the transport portfolio has grown 10-fold in the past two years. Franz Drees-Gross from the World Bank pointed out, that most transport investment is now directed towards rail, urban transport and complex transport problems like logistics and no longer mainly towards all-weather roads. Nevertheless, ministry representatives from Indonesia and Kenya underscored the large challenges of implementing sustainable transport, the need for more financial support, as well as difficulties in accessing financing. The bottleneck in financing is finding project designs that have enough cash flow to finance the operation of infrastructure. Franz Drees-Gross clarified that despite the money available, financing structures in place were designed to finance renewable energy and are not as suitable for sustainable transport. To overcome this barrier, a different finance architecture is needed, and specifically earmarking climate finance for transport will make access to financial resources more feasible in the future.

The event was held within the framework of the Transport Days @COP23, organised by the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) and the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT). During a networking lunch, more than 20 initiatives working on sustainable transport were reporting in short statements about their achievements during the last 2 years.

You may find the event programme and speaker presentations here.

COP23 Event Review – Low Carbon Transport: G20 on Track?

On November 8th in the German Pavilion within the Bonn Zone and framework of the COP 23, around 80 participants joined discussions targeting the critical question: What is the level of ambition regarding mitigation of G20 countries in the transport sector? The event celebrated the launch of the study, Towards Decarbonising Transport: Taking Stock of G20 Sectoral Ambition, jointly developed by GIZ and the Berlin-based think tank, Agora Verkehrswende.

Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, introduced participants to the event by highlighting the important role G20 countries and cooperation efforts play in achieving more sustainable transport.

Executive Director of Agora Verkehrswende, Christian Hochfeld, presented the key outcomes of the study by looking specifically at the transport indicators of G20 countries. He assessed what policies and measures are already taken on national levels and where there is room to do more. You may find the full presentation here. The main conclusion was that G20 countries are more ambitious in their sectoral plans and polices than they have outlined in NDCs submitted to the UNFCCC. However, there are still gaps in policies, such as fuel economy regulations for Heavy Duty Vehicles.

The panel discussion that followed examined how current practices influence NDC implementation. Panelists included:

  • Franz Drees-Gross Director, Transport and ICT Global Practice, World Bank
  • Rana Adib Research Coordinator, REN21
  • Holger Dalkmann Chair of Board, Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport
  • Vera Scholz Head of Division, Climate and Infrastructure, GIZ

The discussion continuously stressed the limited role transport is given within the energy sector and the need for its greater integration – specifically calling attention to freight, the biggest emitter within the subsector. Panelists reinforced the importance of international partnerships and the significance of including sustainability benefits associated with transport renovations within climate action conversations. Looking forward, panelists envisioned what is required to put future NDC revisions on track to reaching low carbon transport.

In case you missed the event, you may download the event agenda. You can also find the joint GIZ and Agora Verkehrswende study, Towards Decarbonising Transport: Taking Stock of G20 Sectoral Ambition, here, as well as its executive summary here.

[COP23] Transport Activities by GIZ

From Ambition to Action – Decarbonizing Transport Hands-on

The preparations for the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), from November 6-17, 2017 are well under way. Transport, currently accounting for approximately 27% of energy-related CO2 emissions will receive increasing attention in forthcoming climate efforts. Recognising this, GIZ invites you to series of events, excursions and activities during COP23. Please join and connect forward-thinking professionals, and empower ambitious ideas with informed perspectives and focused action strategies.

Find descriptions of GIZ’s transport events within COP23 below, register and join us, and follow events in real time on twitter at #wearetransport!

Event Date/Time Location
Low Carbon Transport: G20 on Track? 8 Nov, 14:30-16:00 German Pavilion
Excursion: Experience Climate Friendly Mobility in Cologne 9 Nov, 9:30-15:30 Cologne
From Ambition to Action –
Decarbonising Transport in Germany and Abroad
10 Nov, 9:00-16:00 GIZ Office
Franco-German Side Event on Sustainable Urban Development  14 Nov, 10:30-13:00  French Pavilion
Taking climate action to the streets – transforming urban mobility 14 Nov, 14:30-16:00 German Pavilion

China’s Green Low-Carbon Transport and Regional Logistics

November 8th, 11:30-13:00, China Pavilion, Bonn Zone

The event aims to show the positive achievements of China’s transport in dealing with climate change and the leading role of green logistics in the governance of global climate change, focusing on the topic of policy, action and effectiveness of China’s green transport and regional logistics.

Hosted by China Academy of Transport Science, Zhejiang Province, GIZ, UNDP. This event requires accreditation to the Bonn Zone.

Speakers include:

  • SUN Zehn, Deputy Director General, Climate Change Department, National Development and reform Commission of China
  • Norbert Salomon, Deputy Director General, Directorate Immission Control, Safety of Installations and Transport, German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB)
  • Agi Veres, Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China
  • WANG Wei, Engineer, China Academy of Transportation Sciences
  • Daniel Bongardt, Project Leader, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • WU Ping, Vice President, Transfair Logistic Group Co. Ltd.
  • XIE Yingbo, General Manager Assistant and Office Director, Zhejiang Fuyang Port International Logistics Co. Ltd.

For a detailed programme and tentative agenda, click here.

Transport-Related Events within COP23 in Bonn

The COP23 is nearly here! GIZ has organised multiple transport-related events within this framework, and wants you to be aware of all event opportunities. In collaboration with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC), GIZ offers you a full and up-to-date program of all 53 transport-related events in Bonn from November 4th – 17th. It’s not too late to register, attend, or follow activities online!

Find the brochure here.

TraCS to support revision of transport section in Kenya’s National Climate Change Action Plan

“Climate change was not a priority before TraCS…” said the head of the Roads Services Unit in the Ministry of Transport during the two and a half day “Data Requirements & Emissions Calculations for Decarbonising Transport” training held from October 11th to 13th 2017. He acknowledged the contribution the project has played in shifting the narrative and was looking forward to the sector playing a leading role in the next phase of implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP). The training, which included representation from all key agencies within the ministry of transport, focused on two major issues: 1) introducing participants to the main approaches of emission calculation and mitigation option analysis for the transport sector, and 2) exploring the next immediate steps for the project. In the end it was agreed that TraCS, through the State Department of Transport and GIZ, will support revision of the National Climate Change Action Plan transport sections and will offer all necessary assistance including reviewing the mitigation potentials and further capacity enhancement for the engaged institutions. These revisions will be based on the agreed upon workplan provided by the Ministry of Environment and in close coordination with the overall revision process, also supported by the NDC Partnership.