Developing mitigation actions and facilitating access to climate finance
The TRANSfer project’s objective is to increase the efforts of developing countries and emerging economies for climate-friendly transport with international support. The project acts as a mitigation action preparation facility and thus specifically supports the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) of the Paris Agreement.
The goal of this multi-stakeholder partnership, which is currently being supported by France, Germany and the European Commission, is that 100 cities and 20 national governments commit themselves to ambitious climate action targets for urban transport and take appropriate measures. Local action is directly linked to international political agendas (UNFCCC, Habitat, SDG).
2. Preparation of mitigation measures
The project supports five countries (including Peru, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia) in developing greenhouse gas mitigation measures in transport. Standardised support packages (toolkits) are developed and used for the preparation of selected mitigation measures. As a result, measures can be prepared faster and in better quality, until they are ready for implementation and eligible for (climate) financing.
3. Knowledge products, training, dialogue
Based on these experiences, TRANSfer is sharing and disseminating best practices through the development of knowledge products, organisation of events and trainings and contributes to an increasing level of ambition. Personal exchange of experience and dialogue is promoted at events, including climate talks, international transport conferences and the annual “Transport and Climate Change Week” in Berlin.
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.
I am an architect with a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Development from the University of Seoul (South Korea), with expertise in urban regulation, development of public policies, and sustainable urban planning for climate change mitigation projects in the public sector and the field of international cooperation.
I joined GIZ in 2019 to support the structuring of Shared Bike Systems in 4 cities in Colombia (Montería, Bucaramanga, Cali, and Bogotá). Currently, I am supporting TRANSfer and EUROCLIMA+ as a Project Advisor, supporting Colombia’s National Government in the deployment of electric vehicles in mass transit systems, as well as the development of the National Strategy for Active Mobility.
I am an Architect from the Universidad de Valparaíso and hold a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Richmond International University of London. I worked twelve years in Chile in the public sector, at the Municipality of Coquimbo on public infrastructure design, at the Ministry of Education for the implementation of public policies and at the Ministry of Construction as Project Manager of an urban regenaration project. My international experiences comprises an urban development project in Kunming, China and project management in London.
I started working for the GIZ in 2016 as national advisor for the global project Cities Fit for Climate Change and I am currently working as technical advisor for the EUROCLIMA+ Urban Mobility Component supporting the development of a National Urban Mobility Programme (NUMP) in Chile and a National E-mobility Strategy in Uruguay.
I joined TRANSfer in March 2019 and I am working in the development of electric buses in Colombia’s transport systems. After working several years with the Colombian climate change policy advising teams as one of the developers of the greenhouse gas mitigation guidelines for Colombia’s energy and industry sector, I have come to the conclusion that improving transport through alternatives like cycling or the massification of electric vehicles for public transportation could not only improve the way we use energy and its impacts. It also has a huge impact on the way people live and relate with their environment. I want to be part of this transformation.
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.
According to Marchetti’s constant the travel time budget is one of the most stable mobility parameters globally and over time and is around one to one and a half hours / day. However, what has not stayed unchanging over the last centuries, but has deteriorated leading to alarming sustainability and climate concerns is the environmental and carbon footprint of individual mobility as well as goods transport, worldwide. The challenge is on!
Since November 2020 I joined the sustainable transport team in Bangkok leading the TRANSfer country component Thailand as well as the SMMR ASEAN project. From 2016 to 2020, I was working for the Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport, closely advising the German Environmental Ministry (BMU). Prior to GIZ, I worked at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) Berlin and the German Energy Agency (dena), doing research, assessment and consultancy in the fields of travel demand and behavior modelling, energy use and transformation, as well as emission reduction and efficiency improvement. With a doctorate degree from the Technical University (TU) Berlin on “Integration of passenger (road) travel into a computable general equilibrium model for Germany” I’m passionate about the macro and micro level interactions of economic and environmental systems, individual behavior and policy design.
Project Manager TRANSfer / EC+ Component
Based in Eschborn, Germany
I am very happy to have joined the Mobility Team in Eschborn as a Project Manager from where I will support both the TRANSfer Project and the Urban Mobility Component of the Euroclimate + Program. For the past nine years I have worked for GIZ in Mexico coordinating the Sustainable Energy Program that covered specific topics on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction. Being a program for almost 10 years, several triangular cooperation projects were generated to share experiences with countries such as Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Colombia and Argentina. I am a Chemical Engineer with a Master’s degree in Project Engineering and a Master on Business Administration. I am very excited to contribute to this new position and share good times working together.
I am Evhan, an International Relations student in De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Manila.
I joined GIZwith hopes to continuously engage myself with projects that involve bettering the quality of life in our society sustainably. Last year, I volunteered to be a Community Outreach Coordinator for a social enterprise based in Mindanao, Philippines to help assist indigenous people have access to basic government services and to empower them.
Sustainable transportation has always been one of my key interests since I personally utilize it now and then. I think it is vital and relevant that we collaborate together to address its multifaceted issues.
Advisor ‘Transport and Climate Change’
Based in Bonn, Germany
I am with the TRANSfer project since February 2019, driving our Indonesia activities as well as a series of toolkits. I have dedicated my career to climate mitigation – which started with 5 years in climate policy and carbon markets in London and Eschborn and then took a turn to sustainable transport. I spent 6 years with GIZ in the rapidly motorizing ASEAN region where I worked with 8 countries and regional institutions on strategies and actions in areas like fuel economy and green freight. I have a Master of Arts degree in Political Science, Economics and Psychology from the University of Bonn.
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 joined the TRANSfer III project as a Technical Advisor in January 2018. Currently I support freight initiatives and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) in Peru. My main goals are to contribute in connectivity and competitiveness by transport services, and my areas of interest are gender, transport, energy and climate change. I am industrial engineering and I’m student of the Environmental Development Master Program at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP).
My interest in urban issues started when I was a child. I was born and raised in Bangkok – Thailand’s capital known for being one of the most congested cities in the world. In my memories, I was spending four to five hours being stuck and struggling on the road every day. Ever since, to extricate Bangkok from this notorious traffic problem and make it a better livable place has been my dream and passion. That was the reason why I decided to study urban and infrastructure planning at Thammasat University and AIT in Bangkok and select transportation as my main topic. In 2017, I was fortunate to be an intern for the Transportation and Climate Change and TRANSfer projects of GIZ Thailand. Before starting as a junior advisor with the TRANSfer project in July 2020, I worked on developing and promoting a crowdsourcing real-world fuel consumption data platform for Thailand called Moverityin a joint project with Toyota.
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.
I joined the TRANSfer II team as a local advisor in Lima, Peru in 2014. With the project support the Peruvian Government developed the Sustainable Urban Transport NAMA – TRANSPerú and funds were raised to implement the NAMA Support Project (NSP) TRANSPeru.
I am currently responsible for the operational implementation of both the NSP and the Sustainable Urban Transport project in selected cities.
Before I started working in the transport sector, I was involved in different GIZ projects in the environment and biotrade sector.
While my background in Political Science is rather broad, the throughline is my passion for all things communication, sustainability, and gender. In my activities as a climate activist, student, or in previous communication internships – these topics always showed up. For instance, my latest term paper dealt with a regional comparison of the inclusion of gender-sensitive efforts within NDCs. On the side, I produce the podcast Strom Aufwärts on renewable energy for Grüner Strom Label e.V.
Hence, I am thrilled to join the TRANSfer project as an intern, where at least two of these fields align. Along with communicating Changing Transport, my main task will be supporting the team of this year’s Transport and Climate Change Week, which I am excited to be a part of.
Since the beginning of March 2022, I’m supporting the TRANSfer team in the area transport and climate change as an intern. I am thrilled to learn more about sustainable transport strategies and its essential role in decarbonizing.
Already during my studies in architecture, I realized my interests going further than designing and constructing buildings. I discovered my growing passion for planning and creating innovative solutions that allow communities to develop, add value for the society and maintain climate actions at the same time. Driven by this interest, I started working at an urban development company. After gaining some experience in urban planning I wanted to enhance my knowledge in sustainable transport. For me changing mobility and transport are monumental key factors to drive the process for a sustainable and equitable future forward. Therefore, I am more than happy to join the TRANSfer team and be an active part of this process.
Advisor TRANSfer Project
Based in Jakarta, Indonesia
Lena has been in the trade and economic sector more than 15 years, dealing with policy, international development cooperation and the public-private interface. Her expertise’s are in economic, trade, investment, business condition, transport related infrastructure, etc. Master’s degree in Regional Economics and bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
Being passionate on logistics, supply chain and green environment, she believes effort need to be taken to bring better for future.
Prior joining GIZ, she worked for the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office, EU-ACTIVE program, APEC, JETRO, Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI), Indonesian Chambers of Commerce, ASEAN-BAC amongst others.
Technical advisor TRANSfer Project
Based in Bangkok, Thailand
Having a background in economics and sustainable development, I’m interested in all sort of environmental issues and started my career on the topics of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Since I began working with GIZ in 2017, I was able to gain experience on the promotion of natural refrigerants in Thailand’s air conditioning and refrigeration. However, I’ve realized that energy and transportation are becoming more and more interlinked and are in need for a sector integration. This is why it is especially inspiring for me to now work on the transportation sector to enhance the quality of our life and environment.
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.
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 the beginning of 2022 I support the TRANSfer team in the area of communication, public relations and event management. I studied communication science in Stuttgart with a focus on politics and media psychology. I also hold a Master’s degree in communication management. Before joining GIZ, I worked in the field of political communication and event management in Brussels and in the south of Germany.
I grew up in a small town on the edge of the Swabian Alb, which made me appreciate nature very much. Both experiences – my childhood and youth in the countryside and living in the birthplace of the automobile in Stuttgart – have shown me how important sustainable transport is. That is why I want to do my part to make this vision a reality worldwide. I am all the happier that I can do this at GIZ through my internship.