Supporting climate action plans in transport and strengthening MRV systems
The project Advancing Transport Climate Strategies (TraCS) supports policymakers from the Global South to align their mobility and transport sector action plans with their climate protection measures outlined in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). The NDCs are national climate plans submitted by the signatory countries of the Paris Agreement to the UNFCCC for the first time in 2015 and embody national efforts for emission reduction and climate change adaptation. In 2020/21 the parties submit revised or updated NDCs.
TraCS is implemented by GIZ and funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).
The TraCS project operates on three levels:
1. Alignment of transport action plans and NDCs
TraCS supports transport ministries in Kenya, Morocco, Uganda, Colombia and the Dominican Republic along with their subordinate authorities to facilitate NDC and long-term decarbonisation strategies development and implementation in the transport sector. It aims at strengthening climate action and transparency mechanisms the transport sector and increasing transport ambition in NDCs.
2. Collection of data and development of MRV system
The effectiveness of any transport decarbonisation strategy depends on the availability of reliable data in order to accurately quantify emissions from transport. TraCS promotes systems for collecting, analysing and monitoring data. This data is used to assess the impacts of different policies and measures.
3. Capacity building and training activities
Currently, TraCS cooperates with different international organizations such as the UNFCCC to develop capacity development formats and targeted trainings for transport and environmental officials. In 2021, TraCS initiated a peer network for transport and climate change with officials from 13 African countries and organises a regional training series with 14 countries from Latin America.
Implementation: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Funders: International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
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.
I am delighted to become a part of GIZ, contributing as a mobility cluster intern to the changing transport team. I will be supporting the Country Component Circle for the next few months.
Prior to joining GIZ, I pursued a bachelor´s degree in Economics and Management specializing in political science and international relations, and I am currently completing a master´s degree in European and International Affairs from Aix-Marseille University, with a distinct emphasis on Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. My prior work experience at the Istanbul Bilgi University Center for Migration Research has allowed me to further develop my skills in the realm of human sustainability and cooperation.
I hold a strong belief that transportation sustainability stands as a cornerstone for enhancing human development. Inspired by this firm conviction, I am fully committed to both expanding my understanding and actively participating in the pursuit of reaching the goal of zero emissions.
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.
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.
After first joining the GIZ Transport Team in August 2021, I am now a junior advisor for transport and climate change at the TraCS project and support the Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport with regards to the implementation of active mobility activities and project communication.
I believe in a future of mobility that puts people’s needs first, in a manner that is sustainable for the climate and societies. Thus, I am excited to work for GIZ Transport and contribute to the implementation of climate mitigation action in the transport sector.
With a background in Political Sciences and Latin American Studies, my interest in sustainability governance was strengthened in study projects on multimodal urban mobility and energy transitions. Having lived in Germany, Mexico, Argentina and the Netherlands, I experienced the social impact of different transport regimes. I am convinced of fostering livable cities as spaces of exchange and social participation, in which climate change is mitigated and contamination is reduced.
Therefore, I am thrilled to be a part of the GIZ Transport Team and to work on making mobility more sustainable in every dimension.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Herman is a Transport and Climate Change advisor at GIZ in Kenya where he has been for 7 years. He has a background in environmental policy and specific expertise in developing, measuring and verification of mitigation strategies in the transport sector. Herman has been instrumental in the growth of the transport portfolio in Kenya particularly through project preparations, active ecosystem support measures and partner engagements. Herman is currently working on a bilateral project on “Promotion of E-Mobility in Kenya” and is also handling activities implemented by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) E-bus mission in Africa. Herman is particularly motivated to support formalisation of public transport operations in Africa.
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