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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.

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)


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.

COP22 – Transport Events with GIZ Involvement

transport-events-with-giz-involvementThe preparations for the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marrakesh are well underway and November 7th, the official starting day is getting closer. Information on transport events with GIZ involvement can be found here.

COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference

The twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) and the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) will be held in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016.

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MobiliseYourCity website launched during the ITF Summit in Leipzig, Germany

MobiliseYourCityThe initiative MobiliseYourCity launched its’  Website during the International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig, Germany (18-20 May 2016). During the 3 days of the Summit, the partners met and presented the initiative to the public and potential new Partners.

MobiliseYourCity supports cities and their national governments in developing and emerging countries to plan sustainable urban mobility in order to develop more inclusive, livable and economically efficient cities and reduce Greenhouse gas emissions. On the website, you will find information about the initiative, its objectives, the partners, documents related to mobility planning and latest news.

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Bicycle Infrastructure Guideline for Colombian Cities

portada guiaOn April 28th the Colombian Ministry of Transport published the first Bicycle Infrastructure Guideline for Colombian cities. The document will serve local leaders and technical professionals as a guide for the construction of projects which provide adequate infrastructure for cycling.

The guide was prepared by the Ministry of Transport, through the Sustainable Urban Mobility Unit and supported and revised by national and international experts, including the Colombian TRANSfer team, considering that this guide is a part of the NAMA TanDem Measures in Colombia.

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Comprehensive technical guidelines for Lima’s cycling infrastructure

fetch-UID11Even though Lima is described as having good geographic and climatic conditions for cycling, commutes by bicycle today have a mode share of mere 0.9%. The Metropolitan Municipality of Lima (MML) plans to increase this share to reach 2% by the end of 2018 and has started to carry out various initiatives and programs to promote cycling, such as car-free Sundays or awareness raising campaigns in schools and for car Drivers. Continue reading