Facilitating the Development of Ambitious Transport Mitigation Actions (TRANSfer)

Facilitating the development of ambitious transport mitigation actions

The TRANSfer project’s objective was to increase the efforts of developing countries and emerging economies for climate-friendly transport with international support. The project acted as a preparation facility for mitigation actions and thus specifically supported the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) of the Paris Agreement.

The TRANSfer project was implemented by GIZ and funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).

To promote and accelerate the transformation process towards zero-emission transportation in the partner countries, TRANSfer worked on three levels:

1. Engagement in international partnerships.

The MobiliseYourCity Partnership, jointly funded by the European Union, France and Germany, aims to enable the transformation to sustainable urban mobility through Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and National Urban Policies and Investment Programmes (NUMPs).

To date, MobiliseYourCity has supported a total of nine NUMPs and 31 SUMPs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A total of 1.7 billion euros has been mobilized to implement the plans already developed (including the acquisition of nearly 400 buses and construction 10 metro lines and 13 bus rapid lanes).

The measures are expected to save 15.56 MtCO2e by 2030 and provide 8.8 million people with better access to public transport.

2. Preparation of national mitigation measures.

The project supported five partner countries in developing national GHG mitigation policies in the transport sector and accessing climate finance.

  • Indonesia has now two programmes for the modernization of the national truck fleet and the promotion of freight transport in Java. The government thus has the tools to adapt the framework for the transition to environmentally friendly freight transport.
  • Colombia established itself as a pioneer of electric mobility in the region. A large number of bus drivers (especially women) were trained to drive electric buses and the corresponding curricula were adapted by national institutions. The e-bus promotion program will be implemented with climate financing from the Green Climate Fund.
  • Peru developed measures for environmentally friendly freight transport. The Ecodriving program for truck drivers and the truck fleet modernization program are currently funded with the government’s own resources and have been included in the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
  • The PhilippinesUrban Mobility Program institutionalized key aspects of sustainable urban transport and provides a framework for investment in improved public transport services, walking and cycling.
  • In Thailand, the planned congestion charging and e-bus promotion programs for Bangkok are expected to not only reduce greenhouse gases but also help improve air quality in the capital. The funding requirement was anchored in the public budget (Strategic Level Plan).

These country measures supported by TRANSfer III were able to mobilize a total of 451 million euros in funding for their implementation, with further investments still pending. Most of the funding comes from national budgets, which underscores the partner countries’ commitment to international climate protection and sustainable transportation.

In total, 48.7 megatons of CO2e can be saved in the first 10 years of implementation.

3. Knowledge products, capacity development and dialogue.

TRANSfer III promoted knowledge sharing and dissemination among international practitioners and decision-makers through the development of 37 knowledge products, the knowledge platform www.changing-transport.org, a newsletter, the organization of events and trainings. More than 3,700 professionals have already benefitted from our capacity building services. The Transport and Climate Change Week, designed and organized by the project, established itself as a platform for global exchange and will continue as GIZ’s flagship event in the transport sector.


Project Information

Contact: Daniel Bongardt, daniel.bongardt@giz.de

Countries: Colombia, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Thailand


  • TRANSfer I (11/2010 – 09/2013)
  • TRANSfer II (09/2013 – 02/2019)
  • TRANSfer III (01/2017 – 10/2022)

Status: concluded

Funder: International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

Implementation: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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