How to Overcome the Crises?

A Discussion on Green Recovery and the Transition of Transport.

Leaders at COP26 made it clear: Comprehensive investments in the decarbonisation of the transport sector are needed worldwide to achieve the global climate goals.

In a joint event of GIZ and the German Environment Agency (UBA), Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Member of the Management Board of GIZ and Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner, UBA President discussed the status and perspectives of a green recovery in the transport sector in the global north and global south with high-level international guests. Their dialogue touched on the role of international climate policy, on the ramp-up of emobility and on the role of pricing policies in transport.

Did you miss the event on 28th October 2021? Here you can find the recording (English version; for German click here).


While the impacts of climate change are devastating, advances in tackling it are leading to cleaner air, creating good jobs, restoring nature and at the same time unleashing economic growth. Despite the opportunities we are not acting fast enough. COP26 presents a unmissable opportunity to deepen the shift to sustainable transport.

Gonzalo Muñoz
COP26 High Level Climate Champion


Transport plays a critical part in our economy’s decarbonisation. We are generating the enabling conditions for this transformation to happen. Our electric bus pilot project was hit by the pandemic but it nevertheless was successfull in convincing public transport operators and the public of the social and economic benefits of this technology.

Andrea Meza
Minister of Environment, Costa Rica


Our country stands by the greatest disruption of our times, that is electric mobility. We can see that in the new sales of vehicles – especially in the segment of two-wheelers. There was a time when the vehicles were waiting for consumers. Today it’s the other way round: the demand is higher than the supply.

Sudhendu Sinha
Senior Advisor, Niti Aayog, India


The pandemic is a golden opportunity to change behaviour and to transition towards a sustainable and resilient mobility system.
In Tunisia, we are establishing a sustainable financing system for urban mobility through the creation of a National Urban Mobility Fund.

Fathia Neji
Director of Strategy and Projects, Ministry of Transport, Tunisia


We have less than 99 months between now and 2030 to put the brakes on the climate crisis. Sustainable transport investments have been delayed by the pandemic, especially in low-income countries. We need to mobilise the private sector and brutally transform current investment projects to face the challenges and turn things around.

Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven
Member of the Management Board of GIZ

I have noticed a climate ambition paradox: Many richer countries have ambitious goals domestically but they lack a comparable ambition in terms of their international cooperation on climate change with the global South where investment deficits are enormous. We have to do our homework not only at home, but also in international cooperation.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner
President of the German Environment Agency (UBA)