TRANSfer III supports the Colombian government in decarbonising its public transport sector. As Colombian transport is responsible for 12% of total country emissions and 40% of fossil fuel consumption, transport must make a key contribution to fulfilling the ambitious national pledge of achieving a 51% reduction in emissions by 2030, as formulated by the Colombian government in its revised NDC.
To this end, the Colombian Minister of Transportation has presented seven national policies for reducing GHG emissions, which will abate 4.9 Mton CO2e/year by 2030 across the sector in comparison to a business-as-usual scenario (BAU).
Among the targeted measures, electric mobility has the largest reduction potential, accounting for 65% of projected emissions savings. TRANSfer III assisted the Colombian government with developing a framework for electrifying the public bus fleet in cities in order to harness this potential. This work included the development of a fund that will facilitate a partial replacement of the fleet with electric buses during the 2020-2030 period. In total, 2735 buses will be replaced, as detailed below.