Supporting climate strategies in transport and identifying appropriate action plans
When a country’s economy is developing rapidly, people travel more and more often, and companies increasingly move goods to their clients or transport materials they need for production. For policy-makers it is a challenge to regulate and steer a fast emerging transport sector. Economic growth needs to be organised efficiently and transport demand channeled into low-carbon modes such as buses, railways or non-motorised modes. Road vehicles need to be clean, preferably electric and powered by renewable electricity. Unnecessary trips and empty freight truck trips should be avoided at all costs.
The TraCS project is implemented by GIZ and funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
The Advancing Transport Climate Strategies (TraCS) team helps policymakers in developing countries and emerging economies to align their mobility and transport sector action plans with their climate plans, the so-called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
These contributions are essential components of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and key to global efforts to limit global warming to 1.5-2.0 degree °C above pre-industrialised levels. All signatory countries were asked to publish their contributions prior to the UNFCCC-Conference in Paris 2015 – and from 2020 will be asked to resubmit transparency reports every 2 years. This reinforces the momentum to improve data bases and emission quantification in the transport sector and, as a part of long-term decarbonisation strategy, transport and energy sector needs to be better coordinated and the share of renewable energies is significantly increased, e.g. through e-mobility or synthetic fuels based on renewable energy (Power-to-X or e-fuels).
The effectiveness of any transport decarbonisation strategy depends on the availability of reliable data. TraCS therefore focuses on capacity building, training activities and on fostering systems of collecting, evaluating and monitoring data. This data can then be used to assess the impacts of different policies and measures and is essential to increasing ambition for the next round of NDCs. TraCS cooperates with transport and environmental ministries in Kenya, Morocco and Vietnam, along with their subordinate authorities to facilitate NDC implementation in the transport sector. In 2020 and 2021, TraCS will further support transport and environment officials in Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Uganda in updating their NDCs and long-term strategies.
Programme Director Transport and Climate Change,
based in Bonn, Germany
I am currently heading GIZ‘s global projects on transport and climate change TraCS and TRANSfer – both funded by the German Ministry for the Environment. From 2011 to 2015, I have lived in Beijing and headed various sustainable transport projects in China. Interested in a broad range of topics (e.g. urban mobility, freight and logistics, green hydrogen (PtX), electromobility), my passion is to understand and reduce transport emissions. Before joining GIZ in 2009, I researched sustainable mobility at the German think tank Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.
Advisor on Synthetic Fuels
Based in Bonn and Berlin, Germany
I advise on synthetic fuels in the newly established International PtX Hub in Berlin. The hub’s main goal is to catalyse green hydrogen on a global scale. It is funded by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and implemented by the GIZ.
Before joining GIZ, I was the Deputy Managing Director and Head of Transport Policy at Green Budget Germany, a German environmental think tank, where I focused on economic instruments in air and road transport.
I am a Development Studies Bachelor’s Degree holder from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (BSc) supporting the Kenya component of the Advancing Transport Climate Strategies project since April 2015. I live and work in Nairobi and I enjoy my work because it gives me the opportunity to contribute towards sustainable transport solutions for my city!
Advisor of Sustainable E-Fuels and Feedstock
Based in Berlin, Germany
I advise on sustainable e-fuels and feedstock and support the implementation of the international Power to X Secretariat. With our partners, we identify PtX business cases and initiate projects. My goal is a sustainable production, sourcing and allocation of PtX inputs, processes and products, as well as global win-win partnerships. I’m passionate about sustainable transport and love to use my bicycle for commuting regardless of weather conditions and baggage dimensions. Before joining GIZ, I worked for five years at Ecofys/Navigant – a consultancy for the energy transition – and at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto (USA) on energy storage.
Since mid January I am part of TRANSfer and TraCS as a Junior Advisor for six months.
In my studies of geography, I mainly focused on human geography with a focus on sustainability. After gaining some experience in the automotive industry, I am motivated to work on the decarbonisation of the transport sector. In my opinion, mobility is essential to connect people and thus enable social participation. As climate protection is one of the biggest challenges of our generation, I am pleased to be part of the transport team help making transport more sustainable in the future.
I love working on Transport. The sector, particularly in Kenya, is at a crossroads. It faces immense challenges and provides immense possibilities for overall transformations. My work in the Advancing Transport Climate Strategies project expands upon these opportunities. I have an academic and professional background in climate change and experience working within Kenya’s Ministry of Environment.
Junior Communications Advisor
Based in Bonn, Germany
I have been supporting TRANSfer and TraCS as well as the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia in communications, public relations, network, project and event management in cooperation with international partners since mid 2020.
Within my bachelor’s degree in politics and law, as well as through my previous professional experience, I have specialised in the field of international climate policy and (digital) communication. Apart from the GIZ, I have worked for national and local sustainability and transport projects in Germany and am now excited to exercise my broad experience working for changing-transport.
Technical Advisor TraCS Project
Based in Rabat, Morocco
My story with sustainable transport began when I obtained my degree in automotive engineering in Fes and did my Phd thesis on the topic of electric vehicles as part of a GIZ project for the Research Institute of Solar Energy and New Energies in Morocco. So I’ve been part of the GIZ family for a while! Having spent 4 years as a project manager for electric vehicles and smart grids at the institute, I have acquired a solid experience and boundless enthusiasm for sustainable mobility, and I am delighted to have joined the GIZ team and the energy sector.
After working in R&D to promote sustainable transport solution for Morocco, it is time for me to take a step forward and, through TraCS, contribute to the development of concrete actions to reduce GHG emissions and decarbonise the Moroccan transport sector.
Coming from the climate sector and international climate negotiations, it is a great opportunity for me to jump into the transport sector and interlink the two areas closer and closer together. I joined the NDC TIA and TraCs projects by 01 July 2021, and could bring in my experience regarding Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for NDCs. My work experience showed me the importance for tangible NDC implementation, and that the sectors are the backbone for achieving the Paris Agreement goals. Before joining the team based in Germany, I worked for the Thai-German Climate Programme in Thailand since 2018 and before I was seconded in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) in Berlin, Germany.
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.
Manjola is currently supporting the PtX Hub and TraCS project teams in all financial and administrative matters. Working for GIZ since 2010 she held different positions in global and regional projects in the environmental sector. Before rejoining GIZ in 2018 Manjola worked for the finance unit of UNFCCC in Bonn.
Advisor on Transport and Climate Change
Based in Bonn, Germany
A sustainable transformation of the transport sector offers great possibilities – it can bring about social justice and help protect the climate. That is why I am excited to work in TraCS. I support the cooperation with the State Department of Transport in Kenya and help organise international outreach activities to raise awareness on the transport sector’s potential contribution to ambitious NDCs. Before joining TraCS, 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!
Junior Communications Advisor Based in Bonn, Germany
Since mid 2021 I am part of TraCS focusing on Communications, Public Relations, Project- and Event Management.
I studied International Relations in Münster and Amsterdam and am holding a Master’sdegree in International Development Studies from the University of Vienna. Before joining GIZ I worked in the field of environmental protection and in international marketing. Growing up in the green city of Freiburg, South-Germany, sustainable mobility and living has become part of my DNA. As a cycling enthusiast and urban explorer I therefore care a lot about shifting the paradigm to decarbonising transport. I am very happy to be part of a project that is active in trying to achieve that as well in rapidly motorising countries.
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 and to assist partners like national and local governments – in their preparation of urban mobility policies and plans on the national and urban level through my work for the MobiliseYourCity Partnership.