Expert Group on MRV

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In order to ensure high quality standards in our MRV activities, TRANSfer cooperates closely with a broad range of external MRV experts. Their support is crucial in the development of neat MRV systems.

Transport VolumeThe Passenger and Freight Transport Volume of the Compendium on Baselines and Monitoring – A comprehensive guide through existing methodolgies for GHG quantification of different types of Transport mitigation Actions. Download.



Bottom-Up GHG Inventory and MRV of Measures – Synergies and Limitations in the Transport Sector This paper explores 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. Download.



Reference Document on Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) in the Transport Sector Guidance on how to develop comprehensive and consistent national systems for MRV of transport related emissions both for NAMA reporting and national inventories. Download


MRV remains one of the greatest challenges to NAMA development in the transport sector. The TRANSfer project therefore established an MRV workstream in order to lower the barriers to establishing MRV systems and hence make it easier to develop and implement transport NAMAs.

By means of an international expert group from developing and developed countries we aim to concentrate existing expertise from a diverse group of organisations and experts so that guidance emerging from this workstream is understood as a joint effort that is quality controlled and checked against real world needs.

Purpose of the Expert Group

The MRV expert group of the TRANSfer project was established in 2014 with the aim to further the understanding of Measuring Reporting and Verification (MRV) of transport NAMAs and to support the development of MRV methodologies and MRV guidance (see deliverables).

The expert group draws together leading institutions in the field of GHG quantification and NAMA development in the transport sector. Expert group meetings provide a platform for exchange on ongoing activities in the field and are used to discuss MRV approaches and methodologies. By bringing together experts from around the world, the group contributes to a common understanding of elements of an MRV system for transport and how MRV systems for transport can be established in emerging and developing countries.


Members of the MRV expert group and GIZ develop two types of deliverables:

  1. Reference Document on Measurement, Reporting and Verification in the Transport Sector
    The Reference Document provides guidance on how to develop comprehensive and consistent national systems for monitoring transport related emissions, including monitoring or MRV of transport NAMAs. The document builds on existing knowledge and lessons learned in on-going NAMA activities and experiences in GHG emissions quantification in the transport sector in developed and developing countries. By summarising existing state of the art in one publication, the Reference Document presents decision makers in charge of building up national monitoring systems with a concise source of information. Download
  1. A number of Blueprints for MRV methodologies for different transport interventionsMRVEXPERTMRV blueprints for transport NAMAs complement the Reference Document with detailed step-by-step documentation of MRV methodologies for specific transport NAMAs. Each blueprint is exemplified by a case study. GIZ supported the development of a first set of blueprints, but other actors are also encouraged to share their MRV approaches as MRV blueprints. Aim of the blueprints is to provide NAMA developers with ready-to-adapt methodologies for different transport NAMAs in order to decrease transaction costs of NAMA development and foster replication.
    The following MRV blueprints have been developed:
    Shift to rail (Download Draft) Monitoring methodology for the expansion of passenger and freight rail services, illustrated by India Rail.
    Introduction of low rolling resistance tires and tire labelling (Download Draft) Monitoring methodology for the phase out of non-low rolling resistance tires and tire labelling, illustrated by experiences in the EU.
    Truck scrapping (Download Draft) Monitoring methodology for a truck scrapping programme, illustrated by experiences in Mexico. Donwload also: GHG emission calculator for Mexican truck scrapping scheme (Spanish only)
    Sustainable Urban Transport Programmes (Download Draft) Monitoring methodology for national sustainable urban transport programmes, illustrated by experiences in China.

Cooperation and Outreach

The TRANSfer MRV workstream seeks exchange with other NAMA initiatives or partnerships to exploit all possible synergies and develop an even broader understanding of MRV requirements for transport NAMAs.

Latest activities include:

  • MRV Blueprint developed out of the German-Mexican NAMA Programme
  • Cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat on the development of a transport chapter in their Baseline Compendium

Meetings and Further Reading

TRANSfer_Manila Workshop ReportUpdated MRV chapter in the Handbook Navigating Transport NAMAs


MRV Blueprints for Transport NAMAsReport of the 3rd MRV Expert Group Meeting “MRV Blueprints for Transport NAMAs”download


Report of the International Expert Workshop “Towards TRANSfer_Manila Workshop ReportRoadmaps for MRV of Transport NAMAs”



TRANSfer_Manila Workshop ReportSupporting the Development of MRV-Systems in the Transport Sector
Status reportdownload
 Presentations of the 3rd MRV Expert Meeting on March 20 in Bonn, Germany

TRANSfer_Manila Workshop Report1_MRV Blueprints for transport NAMAs by the GIZ download

TRANSfer_Manila Workshop Report2_Mexican Freight NAMA by the GIZ download

TRANSfer_Manila Workshop Report3_Monitoring emission savings by the IFEU Institutedownload

TRANSfer_Manila Workshop Report4_NAMA Inter_Urban Rail India download

TRANSfer_Manila Workshop Report5_Scaling up MRV blueprint developement by the GIZ  download

TRANSfer_Manila Workshop Report6_Reference document overview INFRASdownload

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