Advancing Transport Climate Strategies (TraCS)

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 Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

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 Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Countries: Kenya, Morocco, Vietnam

Political Partners:

  • Ministry for Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water (METLE), Morocco
  • Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, and Urban Development (MOTIHUD), Kenya
  • Ministry of Transport, Viet Nam

Duration: 02/2016 – 07/2023

Contact: Verena Flues,


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