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.

[COP23] Low Carbon Transport: G20 on Track?

November 8th, 14:30-16:00

GIZ kicks off its transport-focused events at COP23 in collaboration with the German Think Tank, Agora Verkehrsende, and the question: What is the level of ambition regarding mitigation of G20 countries in the transport sector?

The following speakers will present at the event: Jochen Flasbarth (State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety), Christian Hochfeld (Executive Director of Agora Verkehrwende) and representatives from emerging economies and civil society.  Continue reading

[COP23] Experience Climate Friendly Mobility in Cologne

November 9th, 9:30-16:30


Don’t just learn about climate friendly mobility, but experience it with an excursion to Cologne, one of the largest cities in West Germany with ambitious plans in progress to renovate their bus fleet and expand urban mobility options. The excursion offers detailed strategies and hands-on understandings of challenges and solutions in urban transport in Cologne. No resource of Cologne’s public transportation company, Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe (KVB) AG, will be missed – from KVB headquarters, to their bus depot, subway station, control offices, bike sharing and charging spots. What can be learned from Cologne’s transition to electric buses? Can Cologne’s smart transport systems apply to your own? Join us and find out! Continue reading

[COP23] From Ambition to Action – Decarbonising Transport in Germany and Abroad

November 10th, 9:00-16:00

GIZ is organising the one-day event, From Ambition to Action: Decarbonising Transport, to engage with the international community over the question of how to develop zero-emission transport systems to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

The event will bring together German and international stakeholders in the context of sustainable transport to engage on pathways for decarbonising the transport sector. It will discuss feasible pathways for emerging economies and developing countries and Germany’s ambitions in decarbonising transport. Aiming at mutual learning, it will elaborate with international stakeholders how to implement more ambitious climate actions in the transport sector, including climate-resilient transport infrastructure. Last but not least, the event will debate with international donors how to unlock more investments into climate-friendly transport solutions.

Confirmed speakers so far:

  • Norbert Salomon, Deputy Director General, Emission Control, Safety of Installations and Transport, German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB)
  • Umiyatun Hayati Triastuti, Director General, Research and Development Agency, Ministry of Transportation, Indonesia
  • Jiwoo Choi, Deputy Director of the Private Sector Facility, Green Climate Fund (GCF)
  • Franz Drees-Gross, Director, Transport and ICT, Global Practice, World Bank
  • Christian Hochfeld, Director, Agora Verkehrswende
  • Björn Hannappel, Head of Responsibility, Strategy and Standards, Deutsche Post DHL Group
  • Vera Scholz, Director of Climate Change, Environment and Infrastructure Division, GIZ
  • Dr. Harry Lehmann, Head of Division for Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategies, German Environment Agency (UBA)
  • Andre Higham, Chief Executive, Mission2020
  • Daniel Bongardt, Project Director, Advancing Transport Climate Strategies, GIZ
  • Mark Major, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport
  • Representatives of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation Development (BMZ)

A networking lunch complements the event and provides a platform to exchange with transport initiatives of non-state actors (facilitated the Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT))
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