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GIZ Events within COP23

The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held from November 6-17, 2017, sought to provide a clear pathway for governments to establish and preserve sustainable, resilient development in line with the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Within this framework, GIZ offered a series of transport-related events, excursions and activities to connect forward-thinking professionals and empower ambitious ideas with informed perspectives and focused action strategies.

Björn Hannappel, DHL Group, and Boyong Wang, Smart Freight Centre, discuss during  networking lunch of Ambition To Action event.

Find all of the presentations from GIZ’s COP23 Events below!

Transport@COP23 - An overview of transport-related events at COP23




Low Carbon Transport: G20 on Track?


November 9, 2017



Towards Decarbonising Transport: Taking Stock of G20 Sectoral Ambition

Presented by Christian Hochfeld


From Ambition to Action - Decarbonising Transport in Germany and Abroad


November 10, 2017



Transport Climate Strategies in G 20 – How Ambitious Are We?

Presented by Daniel Bongardt



Facilitating Climate Actions in Mobility: Some of Germany’s Contributions Abroad

Presented by Dr. Mike Enskat



China’s Approach to Climate-Friendly Transport

Presented by Zhao Meng


Franco-German Side Event on Sustainable Urban Development

100 cities & national governments partner up for sustainable urban mobility development!

Presented by Markus Delfs


Taking Climate Action to the Streets - Transforming Urban Mobility

“Taking climate action to the streets – transforming urban mobility”

Presented by Eric Beaume


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

The webinar Transport in NDCs – lessons learnt and how to raise ambition presents key results recent studies of the from the BMU-IKI funded Advancing Transport Climate Strategies (TraCS) project.

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:

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

The webinar series of the UNFCCC Secretariat and GIZ on Methodologies for GHG Baselines and Monitoring in the Transport Sector 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.

The episode 2 of the series on 13 December 2017 at 3pm (UTC+1) informs on how to MRV complex urban transport programmes or plans. 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.

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.


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 and Nuclear Safety BMU. 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.


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!

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 (BMU), 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.

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. During the day, a diverse group of transport experts, ministry representatives, climate specialists, and financial experts was welcomed.

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 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,  reported in his presentation how GIZ is facilitating climate actions in mobility on behalf of the German ministries BMU 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), 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. The CEO of Agora Verkehrswende states, “At this moment we can learn more from those emerging cities than the other way around.”

In the afternoon, the presentation by a representative 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 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.

The Senior Sector Economist at KfW highlighted that the transport portfolio has grown 10-fold in the past two years. An expert 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. He 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.

The 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, 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.