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According to recent projections, the worldwide urban population will increase to more than 70% by 2050. Accompanied by continuous and uncontrolled urban growth, this development poses one of the major infrastructure, climate, and environmental challenges of today’s world. Especially in developing countries and emerging economies, innovative ideas and creative thinking need to be combined with traditional planning approaches to ensure sustainable development and to tackle manifold challenges associated with rapid urbanisation processes. In order for decision-makers and urban thinkers to break out of conventional ways of thinking, the Global Leadership Academy introduced the Urban Innovation and Leadership Lab. The workshop series aims at assisting urban leaders from around the world in gaining new perspectives on urban development, learning essential new skills, discussing pressing topics, sharing their knowledge and co-creating solutions for current and future urban challenges in their home countries. These objectives can be achieved through a cutting-edge innovation and…

Since 2010, the Sustainable Transport team on behalf of the German government cooperates with Chinese institutions to support their quest for the sustainable, low carbon development of the transport sector. We now work in four areas: Climate change mitigation strategies, Electro-mobility and alternative fuels, Green logistics, and Urban transport. Learn more about our individual areas of expertise and our services from our newly published programme overview: “Sustainable Transport Programme Sektordarstellung” For more information connect with us on our social media channels to get in touch and receive updates on our activities as well as up-to-date news on sustainable transport in China.

The GIZ Transport and Mobilty Newsletter is from now on available in english. The first newsletter of 2013 brings you news of the 2013 Sustainable Transport Award; a list of publications after 10 years of SUTP; recent progress from projects in Ukraine, Indonesia and China; new GIZ publications on urban freight, transport elasticities, sustainable transport financing and the Climate Change Conference in Doha; plus a list of recommended reading and announcements about job opportunities. With the first issue of 2013, the former german newsletter is from now on only available in english. To sign up for the newsletter please click here, and browse through the section “Thematic newsletters” to the “Transport and Mobility” newsletter for a free subscription.

In the course of the Better Air Quality (BAQ) conference held between 5 and 7 December 2012 in Hong Kong, the project Electro-Mobility and Climate Protection of GIZ in China organised a breakout session on ‘Electro-Mobility and New Energy’. The BAQ is an established high-calibre conference with a special focus on air pollution measurement and mitigation techniques, transport-related environmental issues, and the impact of new mobility trends and technologies on the environment. Held at the Polytechnic University campus ion Hong Kong, the conference was attended by over 700 experts, practitioners, and scholars from all over the world. The breakout session featured a number of international experts on Chinese electro-mobility, its climate and environmental implications as well as approaches to integrating electric vehicles in sustainable urban transport. The experts included: Professor Wu Ye of Tsinghua University, who presented the environmental and climate impact of electric vehicles in China, including life-cycle analyses…

On 26 November 2012, GIZ and German Industry and Commerce (AHK) jointly held the Workshop on Electro-Mobility in China: Challenges and Opportunities for German Enterprises at the Kempinski Hotel, Beijing. The workshop was hosted by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) represented by Deputy Head Division IV C 4, Environmental Innovations, Electro-Mobility, Mr Dirk Arnold. At the workshop, Chinese and international experts from the China Automotive Technology and Research Centre (CATARC), McKinsey, the German Institute for Norms (DIN), BMW, GIZ, and the AHK informed small and medium-sized companies in the field of Electro-Mobility of the latest developments in the Sino-German cooperation on electro-mobility as well as access and barriers to the Chinese market for electric vehicles (EV). The main conclusions of the workshop are as follows: Both Germany as well as China cooperate closely to foster electro-mobility and have each committed to tangible EV market penetration targets. China…

The second Sino-German governmental consultations took place on 30 August 2012 in Beijing. In this framework German Minister for the Environment Peter Altmaier signed a Joint Declaration on the Expansion of the Sino-German Cooperation in the Field of Electro-Mobility and Climate Protection in the presence of Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. In the Joint Declaration of the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MoST) Ministers Altmaier and Wan Gang recognised the existing cooperation between both ministries regarding the development of climate protection potentials of electro-mobility in China and committed to the extension of this cooperation until the end of 2015. The focal points include, among others, the charging and network infrastructure as well as the integration of electric vehicles in transport and mobility services for sustainable urban transport. The cooperation will continue to be implemented by GIZ…