On behalf of the German government GIZ supports Chinese institutions in developing sustainable low carbon transport systems. In China, transport accounts for a significant share of total carbon emissions, contesting its sustainable development. But China is stepping up to the challenge of rapid motorization and urbanization and is committed to take efforts to limit the growth of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In implementing low carbon transport interventions China can, at the same time, achieve additional sustainability benefits, such as better air quality, reduced congestion and improved road safety.
We aim to assist our Chinese partners in the design and implementation of measures, strategies and universal standards for climate change mitigation, energy efficiency and environmental protection in China’s transport sector. An important cross-cutting theme in our work is the monitoring and assessment of greenhouse gas emission reduction potentials in order to enable decision-makers to select an effective and efficient policy mix.
The sustainable transport team of GIZ in China focuses on the development of a low carbon transport system based on four pillars:
Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Strategies: To establish a sustainable low carbon transport sector GIZ supports Chinese national and local authorities and policy institutes in developing mitigation strategies and policies based on emission quantification and policy analysis.
Electro-Mobility and Alternative Fuels: The Chinese government promotes the development of electro-mobility and alternative fuels as a means to decrease dependency from oil imports, increase energy efficiency in the transport sector and to improve urban air quality. GIZ supports these efforts with scenario development, integration of electro-mobility into fuel economy standards and concepts for battery recycling.
Green Freight Logistics: Within China’s rapidly growing freight transport sector there is huge potential for emission reduction and efficiency improvements. GIZ provides trainings and further capacity building methods regarding actions such as standards for low-rolling resistance tires, carbon foot printing and formation of logistic alliances.
Sustainable Urban Transport: GIZ offers technical expertise to Chinese cities on implementing Transport Demand Management (TDM) – a strategy that includes a comprehensive set of measures to promote walking, cycling and public transport, while discouraging the use of private cars. A strong focus lies on building up emission inventories and GHG accounting in Chinese cities.
The development of transport MRV systems is a focus area of GIZ’s transport team in China. Hence, it also supports the TRANSfer project in managing an international expert group on MRV of transport NAMAs.
Policy Evaluation – The Impact of Parking Management in Shenzhen
Two Green Tyre Assessments: GHG Mitigation Potentials for Truck Tyres in Road Freight Transport in the EU and China
In China TRANSfer cooperated closely with the BMU/ICI funded project Transport Demand Management in Beijing. Their publications can be found on the Sustainable Transport in China Website, e.g. the Congestion Charging Policy Guide , a new technical paper on Modelling GHG Emissions of Road Transport in China and Report on “GHG Reporting and Inventorying in Germany”.
GIZ in China is pleased to cooperate with the following partners:
- National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC),
- Ministry of Transport (MoT),
- Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT),
- Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), and
- A variety of cities and private sector Partners.
The funding for the projects adds up to 3 million Euros annually. Further information about the activities as well as news regarding Sustainable Transport in China are to be found here: