Introducing Measures, Pathways and Roadmaps for Optimizing Vehicle Efficiency and Electrification (IMPROVE)
Currently, the transport sector is responsible for around 1/4 of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions are rising sharply, especially in road transport in non-OECD countries, due to a corresponding increase in the number of vehicles with internal combustion engines whereas electric vehicles still, while increasing rapidly, still only represent a marginal portion of global vehicle sells. At the same time, the growing share of larger cars (SUVs) in all markets has offset the efficiency gains in internal combustion engine market.
Many countries lack the regulatory framework to steer their vehicle markets in a direction that is allowing them to meet their climate objectives and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. The project IMPROVE addresses this gap by supporting its partner ministries in Colombia, Kenya, Morocco and Thailand to develop policies and regulations that support the transition to cleaner and more energy efficient vehicles.
The project follows a cross-regional and multi-actor approach and works hand in hand with its political partners and international experts.
Project activities include:
1. Identification of policy options
Together with partners, the project will analyse the vehicle market and the regulatory status quo in the partner countries, taking into account relevant climate, energy and industrial strategies of the country as well as questions of data availability, accessibility and quality. Based on the analysis, partners can identify the policy instruments that align best with national priorities and fit the local conditions.
2. Data collection and baseline development
New regulatory approaches require a solid and reliable empirical foundation. Hence, once the policy instrument is selected, the project will support partners to collect and analyse the necessary data on vehicle fleets, fuel consumption and emissions in order to build or update a fuel consumption and CO2 baseline for the relevant vehicle segment.
3. Stakeholder engagement and consensus building
The project will support the political partner to engage the most important stakeholders in the policy development process by organising consultation meetings, workshops and coordinating an inter-institutional steering group. Project partners are supported in their outreach and communication to create awareness among actors and build consensus for the policy.
4. Technical studies and policy design
The policy development process will be supported technically through the conduction of in-depth technical studies that are required for the design and implementation of new policy. This includes scenarios on CO2 reductions, socio-economic impact assessments, as well as legal advisory.
5. International learning
As the project is operating in four countries simultaneously, partner countries will be able to benefit from each-other’s experience and lessons learnt. Cross-country exchange formats will be organised by the project, e.g. during the Transport and Climate Change Week in Berlin, where partner countries can interact with each other and with international experts.
Coordinator of the Team Infrastructure and Mobility
based in Bonn, Germany
Cluster Coordinator in GIZ’s global ‘Infrastructure and Mobility’ team and responsible for projects funded by the International Climate Initiative. From 2011 to 2015, Daniel was based in Beijing and led the urban mobility team in China. He is an expert in a wide range of topics (e.g. public transport, climate policy, electric mobility) and is passionate about understanding and reducing transport emissions. Before joining GIZ in 2009, he spent 11 years researching sustainable mobility at the German think tank Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.
Being part of the GIZ Transport team is an opportunity to continue working on an issue I am passionate about: Transport and Climate Change.
My background is in economics and I have an MSc in Energy Policy from the University of Sussex. For the past few years, I have been working at the local and international level to accelerate the adoption of new technologies in the transport sector. Before joining GIZ in Bonn, I was part of the GIZ team in Mexico working on sustainable transport in the freight sector. I am currently writing my Master’s thesis in Urban Management at the TU Berlin.
In the coming months I will be working with the Infrastructure and Mobility team. I will be supporting the IMPROVE project, the Rethinking Transport programme and the Transport and Climate Change Week team.
Change is possible in the transport sector and I want to be part of it.
Advisor on Climate change, Digitalisation and Mobility
Based in Bonn, Germany
After building my professional experience in the European Institutions for 13 years, I joined the Changing Transport team in Bonn in 2023 as technical advisor with a special focus on the partner country, Morocco. The European Union is very much engaged in transforming the transport sector and lower emissions in order to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050. Despite having 27 countries with different approaches, the EU managed to build consensus around this common goal and I want to believe that such ambition can be replicated in the global world.
Growing in a remoted village in France deprived of functioning public transport infrastructures which changed over time to become an attractive place with a road cycling route, I saw how offering accessible and sustainable transport to all could contribute to social cohesion, in addition to being better for the planet and the public health.
Technical and Policy advisor. Based in Nairobi, Kenia.
I am currently a Technical and Policy advisor under the Energy, Transport and Climate Change cluster in Nairobi Kenya involved in ‘IMPROVE’- Introducing Measures, Pathways & Roadmaps for Optimizing Vehicle Efficiency & Electrification and ‘Promoting Emobility in Kenya’ projects.
I bring 8+ years of experience in the energy sector landscape in Kenya with prior experience from Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority and Davis & Shirtliff Company. I am experienced in planning, design and implementation of energy access projects as well as in regulation of renewable energy, electricity, petroleum and gas sub sectors.
I am interested in energy and sustainability related topics. Energy and sustainability are closely linked to sustainable transport because transportation is a major consumer of energy and a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable transport aims to reduce the environmental impact of transportation by promoting energy-efficient and low-emission modes of transport, such as walking, cycling, public transit, and electric vehicles.
My academic background is in Chemical and Process Engineering from Moi University and Master of Business Administration with a major in Strategic Management from United States International University.
I am excited about joining the transport team to explore new possibilities.
Advisor on Transport and Climate Change
Based in Bogotá, Colombia
A sustainable transformation of the transport sector offers great possibilities – it can bring about social justice, improve citizens’ life quality considerably and help protect the climate. That is why I am excited to work in the projects IMPROVE and ProMOVIS. In the IMPROVE project, I support the Colombian Ministry of Energy in developing regulatory instruments to mitigate emissions from new vehicles. In the ProMOVIS project, I support efforts to make transport systems in Colombia more sustainable. Before joining GIZ, I gained experience in climate and energy policy in the Netherlands, Mexico and Germany.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and graduated from Maastricht University with a Master’s in Sustainability Science and Policy. I’m really glad to be able to contribute to the pressing global reduction of GHG emissions and I’m pleased to contribute to improving the transportation system – a sector that affects the quality of life for all of us every day.
I have always been keen on taking corrective action that will make a significant impact and, as a result, help preserve our planet. Being part of the GIZ transport team is definitely a great opportunity for me to contribute to projects that make a positive impact on our environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, minimizing air pollution, and enhancing air quality.
With a background in electrical engineering and industrial management, coupled with significant experience in project management and energy efficiency in both the automotive and telecommunications industries, I am delighted to work in the transportation sector to further address environmental challenges and promote a greener future.
I joined GIZ in 2012 and since then I have been working on the development of sustainable transport policies in the ASEAN region with a focus on Thailand and Vietnam. I recently supported the Thai Government in the design of the Transport NAMA “People Centred Urban Mobility in Thailand”. My main areas of interest and expertise are MRV and urban transport policy. I hold a Master degree in Polymer Science from Chulalongkorn University.
I joined GIZ in 2020 supporting projects within the Energy, Transport and Climate Change Cluster in Kenya. While recognizing the challenges facing urban communities in Kenya resulting from vehicular emissions, implementing sustainable mobility remains the salient option. The IMPROVE project is pivotal in achieving the national climate ambitions on emissions reduction in line with the Country’s NDC commitment of a 32% reduction by 2030. I aim to utilize my background in energy engineering, and urban transportation and sustainability in mainstreaming sector-coupling strategies for the achievement of the land transport-related climate targets for Kenya.
Since 2021 Valerie is part of the Changing Transport Team, responsible for communications, public relations as well as event management for Transport and Climate Change Week. Valerie studied International Relations in Münster and Amsterdam and is holding a Master’sdegree in International Development Studies from the University of Vienna. Before joining GIZ she worked in the field of environmental protection and international marketing. Growing up in the green city of Freiburg, South-Germany, she grew up caring lot about sustainable mobility and is therefore eager to shifting the paradigm to zero emission transport.
Since 2017 I am part of GIZ’s sustainable mobility team. I am coordinating the implementation of sustainable mobility projects in 3 Latin American countries and Morocco and contributing to developing new capacity building formats. I am a convinced advocate of the Avoid-Shift-Improve framework to improve our transport systems. Besides transport, I am passionate about a range of other environmental and social topics, especially zero waste approaches and bottom-up climate justice movements.
As an urban geographer and a passionate cyclist, I have always been interested in transport and mobility. I am driven by a vision of sustainable mobility that enhances both the quality of human life and of the natural environment.
Having lived in different cities around the world, I highly value international exchange and cooperation. I am convinced that global challenges require cooperative solutions. I am thus glad to support the TraCS project team in aligning transport and climate action plans in emerging economies and developing countries.
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