Cities need a reliable and comfortable transport system. As a backbone of economic and social development, mobility of people and goods needs to be environmentally friendly. Today, the transport sector is the fastest growing source of emissions, making low carbon transport development a central concern for a sustainable future worldwide. Hosted by the Ministry of Transport and the National Development and Reform Commission, GIZ and its implementation partner the China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Centre (CUSTReC) organised a 3-day training on sustainable low carbon transport, in which international experts shared and explained their experiences.. It addressed mainly transport department officials of municipalities and gave them a broad introduction in planning an integrated and less carbon intensive transport system.
Covering topics from strategic planning, emission quantification, policy implementation and financing it gave an overview of international good practice and in-depth insights into climate protection in transport. To establish a comprehensive understanding and support a transfer of strategies to the Chinese context, lectures were supplemented by interactive discussions and group work to engage participants. That encouraged to consider possible applications of the knowledge taught in daily work. As the participants came from different backgrounds and cities the interactive sections gave them a great chance to exchange experiences and ideas.