The NDC Transport Initiative for Asia is a regional initiative aiming at a holistic approach to decarbonize the transport sector in China, India, Vietnam, and further Asian countries. This includes, for example, the development of a coherent strategy for efficient policy approaches which is coordinated between various sector ministries, civil society and the private sector.
The transport sector accounts for 23% of the global energy-related CO₂ emissions (IEA 2017). The Chinese transport sector alone caused 781 Mt CO2e emissions in 2014. Together with India (231 Mt CO2e) and Vietnam (32 Mt CO2e), the three countries emitted about 1 Gt CO2e in 2014 (IEA 2017). Rapid economic growth combined with an ongoing urbanisation trend and increasing motorisation lead to a further increase in traffic amount in the three partner countries. Therefore, the transition to a decarbonisation path for the transport sector in Asia is essential to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement for 2050.
In each of the partner countries, the consortium supports the design and information of stakeholder processes and the development of selected climate protection measures. In this way, the partners are supported in making their sectoral contributions to the achievement of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of the Paris Agreement and in raising their ambitions for long-term strategies and the 2025 NDCs.
As a regional initiative, the programme disseminates appropriate knowledge in Asia via existing platforms. By linking with regional stakeholders and other Asian countries, it contributes to promoting a comprehensive approach to decarbonising transport. At the global level, the programme will contribute its experience to the UNFCCC process.
The NDC Transport Initiative for Asia is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.
Implementing organisations are GIZ, World Resources Institute (WRI), International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), International Transport Forum (ITF), Agora Verkehrswende (AGORA), Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) Foundation and Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century e.V. (REN21).
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH,
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.
My love for transport is fuelled by a frustration with the systemic inefficiencies in the Philippines and a stubborn belief that improvements are possible. I joined TRANSfer in November 2017, after four years with the Philippines’ Department of Transportation (2012-2016) and after pursuing a master’s degree from the University of Leeds (2016-2017). My interests in transport centre on sustainability, policy, and the role of technology in driving positive change.
Advisor Transport and Climate Change
based in Eschborn, Germany
Coming from the energy sector and having worked on energy transition and decarbonization, I have a strong interest in climate protection and understand the significance and need for decarbonization of industry and the transport sector in addressing climate change. I appreciate the opportunity to dive into the transport sector and am looking forward to bringing in my experience to support NDC-TIA after joining the project on 01st October 2023. Before joining the team based in Germany, I worked for the Indo-German Energy Program in India since 2019.
I started my journey with GIZ since August 2021, as a Junior Technical Expert for the NDC-TIA project under the Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN). I will be supporting the team in executing various facets related to the Electric Vehicle domain, conceptualization and execution of new activities and coordinating with project partners for NDC-TIA India component project.
Before being a part of GIZ, I worked as an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering Department at Raisoni group of Institution Pune for a period of two years. I extended my supporting hand to them in various academic and research oriented programs.
I completed my Masters with specialization in Power Systems from SVNIT, Surat and my Under Graduation was in ‘Electrical and Electronics’ from Cochin University of Science & Technology. I am excited to be a part of sustainable project and look forward to put my earnest contributions towards it.
I recently joined the NDC-TIA team in Vietnam as a Junior Program Officer. My main tasks will be involving developing an MRV system for transport as well as developing e-mobility in Vietnam. Prior to this job, I was a researcher for more than 4 years for MDRI where I conduct researches in various fields. I hope to contribute my experience and skills to support GIZ’s projects as well as develop myself more in the field of green transport.
Advisor – Sustainable Mobility Based in Rabat, Morocco
Currently working as advisor on sustainable mobility in Morocco, I am a mobility enthusiast focused on the promotion of low carbon development and using innovative transport and mobility concepts to make cities greener, more inclusive, and more sustainable. I have gained experience in sustainable mobility particularly through project management and research support in topics of urban mobility planning, active mobility, and freight and logistics while working in the Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT) in Beijing. My academic background is in international relations and Chinese studies with a focus on global development cooperation.
I joined the NDC-TIA Viet Nam team in April 2022 as a Public Relations & Communications Officer. I’m responsible for communication and PR works for the project, as well as ensuring effective communication between the project and Government/Development partners, and the journalist network. Before joining GIZ, I worked as a Communications and Partnership Associate at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in charge of GGGI’s external communications and media relations strategies in Viet Nam. I aspire to contribute my expertise to make real change for the immediate actions to tackle the climate crisis. I hold a master’s degree in Communications, Media Practice, and Public Relations from Swansea University, United Kingdom, and a bachelor’s degree in International Business from IPU New Zealand.
As a human geographer with a focus on sustainability, I am concerned about people in all regions and their future life on this planet. After an insight into the automotive industry, the urgent need for action regarding transport and climate protection became clear to me. On the one hand, about achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, and on the other hand, since mobility connects people and enables social participation.
I therefore support the Changing Transport team to raise awareness of problems and barriers in the sector as well as progress in projects in numerous countries through good communication. The GIZ Transport Team has global influence and the potential to make transport more sustainable for the future. Thus, I am very glad to be part of the team since 2021.
I am working as administrative officer for the NDC TIA Vietnam component. Thanks to the chance of working here I am aware of the importance of clean transportation to our life. It is my believe that my integration to the operation of the project will have some certain contribution to the success of this program and also to Vietnam’s society.
Team Leader – E-mobility, Indo German Energy Programme Based in New Delhi, India
I am currently heading the E-mobility related activities under Indo German Energy Programme and coordinating the India component of the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia project. Previously I have served the Green Energy Corridors project of GIZ as a senior technical advisor. After joining GIZ in 2011, I led the Solar Mapping and Monitoring project, funded by the International Climate Initiative of BMU, where world’s largest solar radiation measurement network was established. Before joining GIZ, I did research at the Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus; Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology, Kassel, Germany; and The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, India.
I am interested in a broad spectrum of topics related to energy-environment-sustainable development nexus. My particular focus is on renewable energy, energy transition, sector coupling, smart grid, integration of EV charging infrastructure as well as distributed energy resources into the electrical network, and energy modelling.
I hold a PhD in electrical engineering from University of Kassel, a Master in renewable energy from University of Oldenburg and an MBA in energy management from University of Calcutta. I am excited to work together in clean transportation and contribute towards sustainable development.
I joined the GIZ China Office in 2003 and have been working in GIZ China for more than 17 years in the field of administration and finance. I also became team leader of finance in GIZ Office China. Since 2020 I am working as finance manager for cluster sustainable transition and supports the GIZ NDC-TIA china team for all financial issues.
Since 2007 I had worked in the administrative and financial area for a number of projects and programs within the GIZ Program “Management of Nature Resources” in Vietnam. The time working for such environmental projects and programs gave me motivation and inspiration to continue working for initiatives, which contributes to environmental protection efforts. Hence I started to be a part of the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia as Finance Manager in March 2020 and very happy to contribute my parts in administratively and financially smoothening the implementation of transport emission reduction measures.
Joining the NDC-TIA project in 2019 as Viet Nam Component Lead, I am currently supporting the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport in strengthening the policy framework to promote low carbon development and GHG emission reduction in the transport sector, contributing to implement NDC of Viet Nam. At the same time, I am also a Project Officer for the VN- SIPA project where I am responsible for the transport and climate finance component. Prior to this, I worked as a Project Officer for the TraCS project where I supported the government in developing an GHG emission inventory and mitigation actions in the transport sector as a basic principle for climate change policies issue. As an expert in the energy and transport sector, I am passionate about designing transport and climate change strategies which are practical and applicable, to help preserve the environment for many generations to come.
As a cyclist and urban planner, I am a passionate advocate for sustainable mobility. Currently, I am a technical advisor at the NDC TIA’s Vietnam component on reducing transport emission and streamlining electric vehicles. In the past, I worked for GIZ transport projects in Cambodia, China and Germany on metropolitan governance of public transport and innovative mobility solutions with start-ups. Before, I was with the European city network, Polis, a think tank for European policy-making on sustainable urban transport.
The clock is ticking; the world is moving fast. As society continues to thrive for economic growth, we have been trying to achieve energy security at all costs and then slowly realized that we have sacrificed our environment and have been living with the term “Climate Change” dating back to the 1950s.
Since I was a child, I’ve believed that renewable energy is not only the answer to energy security, but also the key to a perennial world for the younger generations. With this belief, I pursued my degree in electrical power engineering, focusing on renewable energy and energy storage. Along my journey, I realized that sustainable development does not end only in power generation by renewables but also comprehends the optimized utilization of renewables in every sector, including the transportation sector.
For that reason, I started to look more into electric mobility and green hydrogen applications in transportation. Now I’m working with the transportation team of GIZ Thailand, hoping to play a small part in a global climate mitigation action for a better world where our offspring can live a long life with good quality.
My journey in GIZ began from October 2020 as a part of the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA) project in New Delhi. Presently, I am working on low carbon transport, specifically on electric mobility related activities in India. Simultaneously, I am supporting activities under the regional and global component of this project.
Prior to GIZ, I have worked as an Associate Consultant with Ernst and Young LLP under the Power and Utilities vertical for close to two years. As a part of their E-mobility team, I have supported key national and international projects.
I hold a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management from TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi. With sustainable development and renewable energy as my core interests, I am elated to work on transition towards clean transportation and make a difference to the society.
I am currently serving as the sustainable mobility team leader at GIZ in Morocco, where we support our partners in their ambitions to make transport and mobility more sustainable, inclusive, and climate-friendly. Before joining GIZ Morocco in January 2023, I was serving at GIZ in China, heading the Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT) project and coordinating the China activities of the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA) project. As a trained urban planner and designer, I am passionate about how cities shape society and the other way around. Before joining GIZ in 2017, I worked for American Aecom and German ISA and AS+P, where I was involved in projects in the fields of strategic and master planning, new town and urban redevelopment, and urban renewal in China, Germany, and the Middle East. I hold a Master of Science degree in urban and regional planning from the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU).
I am currently working on sustainable and low emission transport, with a major focus on electric mobility. Since January 2020 I am part of the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA), supporting activities in India and as well as working in the regional/global component.
Before joining GIZ, I worked as a consultant at KPMG- Climate change and sustainability services in India, having mostly worked on renewable energy, sustainable development goals and social impact evaluations, climate finance, Social Return on Investment, independent assurances in sustainability.
An electronics engineer with a Master’s degree in renewable energy engineering and management, I am passionate to work for sustainability, environment and social causes and excited to contribute in this new role.
Intern Communications and Event Management
based in Bonn, Germany
I am happy to join the GIZ team as communications and event management intern. In the next months I will support the communication and strategy of the different projects of Changing Transport. Before joining GIZ, I did the Master programme in Business Administration with the focus on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University in Ingolstadt.
Privately, I have been involved with the topic of sustainability for many years. During my master’s studies, I was able to integrate the topic into everyday university life as part of a student association. I also worked as a working student in the sustainability department of the city of Ingolstadt.
I am looking forward to contributing to making transportation more sustainable.
Technical Expert – E-Mobility based in New Dehli, India
I work as a Technical Expert for electric mobility under the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA) project in New Delhi. Under this project, I will be supporting the team in enabling electric vehicle adoption in India by facilitating the development of a robust electric mobility ecosystem and smart charging network across the country.
I hold a MBA in Power Management from National Power Training Institute (NPTI) and a B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineer from Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering, Delhi. With sustainable development, renewable energy and digital transformations as my core interests, I am elated to work on transition towards clean transportation and make a difference to the society.
I work for the NDC-TIA’s India component project as a Junior Technical Expert. As part of the project, I support the team in conducting various research activities in EV and charging infrastructure related areas such as EV grid integration, Smart charging strategies and Renewable Energy based charging infrastructure.
Prior to joining GIZ, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre of Advanced Research in Electrified Transportation in AMU. I hold a Master’s degree in Energy science and Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
I am excited to be a part of the project that will help facilitate the mitigation of transport emissions.
Since February 2020, I am working as a Project Officer for the project “NDC Transport Initiative for Asia” and is based in Hanoi, Vietnam. From 2014 – 2018, I have worked as a National Coordinator for a GIZ’s regional project in ASEAN region, supporting the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport in developing strategies and action plans for more sustainable transport. Before joining GIZ, I have more than 10 years’ experience working as an urban transport planner at an institute under the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction. My interest lies in the intersection between transport and climate change as well as examining the associations between policies and practices in the transport sector.
Currently, I am heading the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia, supporting our partner countries in NDC implementation in the transport sector. I enjoy coordinating our cooperation with all implementing partners in the initiative and promoting a regional discourse on shifting the paradigm towards full decarbonisation of the transport sector. I am also interested in adaptation and resilience of transport systems, providing sustainable mobility for all!
I work on the topic of transport-related emissions in the project “Sino-German Cooperation on Low-Carbon Transport” (CLCT) and support in the coordination of the consortium partners of the regional project NDC Transport Initiative in Asia. Before my time at GIZ, I worked as an interpreter at a German construction firm on the topic of high-speed railway systems. During the implementation of various other projects I already supported GIZ in China Mobility Team.
Intern Communications and Event Management Based in Bonn, Germany
I am glad to join the GIZ team as a communications and event manager intern. I will be supporting the communication channels and strategies of different projects of Changing Transport, working closely with the NDC-TIA.
Before my time at GIZ, I studied journalism and social communication at the University of La Sabana in Colombia, specializing in communication for development and international journalism. After living in different countries and developing a high interest in international projects in sustainability, I studied Global Communication at the University of Erfurt in Germany.
Matters related to climate change and sustainable transportation have always caught my attention during my studies and personal life. Therefore I am highly motivated to contribute to the team and support sustainable projects to create a positive impact in the world.
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