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Not only in China but in all developing countries, the transport sectors share of greenhouse gas emission is growing rapidly. Therefore, this year’s Transport Day, a side event to COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland on 17th November 2013, aims to bring together the expert communities from both, the climate and the transport sector. With a promotion of an integration of transport in climate change policy making, the sector can be placed more prominent in the international debate. The event is organised by the Bridging the Gap Initiative (BtG) and the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT). Daniel Bongardt of GIZ China is in charge of coordinating the stream of break-out sessions on Ensuring effective transport – Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). Before Transport Day, GIZ TRANSfer project will host an expert workshop Towards Roadmaps for MRV of Transport NAMAs on 15th November 2013. The workshop will be the kick-off…

Gaining plausible knowledge on travel demand data is crucial factor for the calculation of transportation-related energy consumption and GHG emissions. However, the level of understanding of travel demand related issues in China is relatively limited due to lack of data and the relatively short motorization history of China. Moreover, projections of future vehicle use in China are also not adequately addressed. Therefore, GIZ organised a Technical Workshop on Travel Demand in China – Past trends and future development that aimed to gain expert inputs on the current status as well as forecasts of the future travel demand of China’s transport sector on a national level. It provided in-depth insights into the issue of travel demand data and methodologies in China. Chinese and international experts discussed impact factors and their effects on future travel demand, presented existing research activities and identified necessary tasks for the future. Moreover, they outlined challenges related…

Between May 15th and May 17th the project working group on the CCICED Special Policy Study on Promoting Urban Green Travel (formerly called Promoting Urban Green Commuting) convened their 4th working meeting. GIZ China Sustainable Transport Programme was invited by the China Urban Transport Research Center and lead agency of the Special Policy Study, to give a guest talk on finance for sustainable urban transport in Germany. For download: The full presentation on “Turning the Trend – How Germany Succeeded in Financing Comprehensive Urban Transport Systems” by Daniel Bongardt, GIZ Project Director, can be downloaded here. Chinese and international experts discussed the current status and trends in Beijing’s transport system and discussed leverage points for further promoting sustainable urban transport in China, based on international experiences. The participants discussed openly on various options to make China’s public transport financing sustainable. In addition to local level TDM policies that can generate…

On 20 November 2012, GIZ and the China Automotive Engineering Research Institute (CAERI) jointly organised the Sino-German Workshop on the Assessment of the Energy Consumption of Electric Vehicles together with the International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT, co-organiser). The workshop took place at the InterContinental Hotel in Beijing and was hosted under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation Concerning the Fuel Economy of Vehicles by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as well as the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MIIT). At the workshop, representatives from the relevant departments of the BMU and MIIT discussed with international experts and scholars: the environmental impact of upstream emissions associated to charging electric vehicles (EVs), assessment methodologies for EV energy consumption, and regulatory approaches to the energy consumption of electric vehicles. In particular, international approaches to integrating EVs in…

Identifying approaches for climate change mitigation scenarios of policies and measure in the Chinese transport sector was the objective of the Scoping Workshop China of the GIZ and CUSTReC on Wednesday, 6th March 2013. In the Kempinski Hotel in Beijing, about 20 Chinese and international presented approaches from Germany and China and discussed effective policies and measures for China. Download: Full presentations of the Scoping Workshop by ChengShidong (NDRC), Florian Hacker (Oeko Institute), Martin Schmied (Infras) and Daniel Bongardt (GIZ): “Scoping Workshop, Transport GHG Emission Reduction Scenarios in Germany, Florian Hacker” “Scoping Workshop, Policies and Measures on Low Carbon Transport Development in China, Cheng Shidong” “Scoping Workshop, Low Carbon Transport Development (Comp.2) of Sino-German Climate Change Programme, Daniel Bongardt” “Scoping Workshop, Comparative Assessment of Modelling Scenario Analyses, Jiang Kejun” “Scoping Workshop, Policies and Measures for Freight Transport, Martin Schmied” In order to address the challenge of increasing GHG emissions…

The China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) and the European Union started their study on “Promoting Urban Green Commuting” on March 7, 2013. The key objectives of the report are to conduct a policy study and provide policy recommendations to the Government of China. To encourage green consumption in the urban transport sector is the essence of the PDSF II study. The study will run till the 3rd of November 2012. Structured in four components, the study includes: Green Commuting Index Economic and Fiscal Instruments Regulatory and management Social Equity The Deadline for the Project Report final and the “Policy Recommendations of Promoting Urban Green Commuting” is on December 15,2013. The China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) and the European Union working together within the EU-China Policy Dialogues Support Facility  II. It is the second phase of this Chinese-European project, which mainly focuses…

The Parking Charge Policy workshop was hosted by Shenzhen Municipal Commission of Transport on February 28, 2013. With more than 80 participants, including representatives from Financing Bureau, Traffic Management Bureau, Development and Reform Commision and related research institutions, consulting companies and medias, the workshop was characterized by a great mixture of knowledge. Daniel Bongardt from GIZ China presented International TDM Policies and Good practice, followed by Paul Barter (picture) from Singapore who introduced into Some Lessons on Parking Policy in Asian Cities. Check this out: Further  information about urban transport and electro mobility in China.

How to finance Sustainable Urban Transport was the main question during the 3-days workshop Prospects for National-Level Programmes and Funds for Sustainable Urban Transport in China. From 1st to 3rd of November 2012  GIZ,  EMBARQ  and SLOCAT in cooperation with CUSTReC jointly conducted this international expert workshop. Download here:  [wpdm_file id=2] [wpdm_file id=5] Interactive discussions showed that funding of sustainable urban transport in China needs to be addressed in a comprehensive manner. Improving the actual funding will need to go hand in hand with institutional reforms at both the national and the local level. Some big cities in China have already started implementing sustainable transport infrastructure schemes as well as sustainable transport related policies and measures. At the same time other (mostly smaller) cities still lack the capacity and financial resources to improve their sustainable transport systems and policies. Therefore, China is facing two important questions in financing urban transport:…

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…

From 1st to 3rd of November GIZ, CUSTReC and EMBARQ jointly convened the international expert workshop Prospects for National-Level Programmes and Funds for Sustainable Urban Transport in China. The interactive workshop took place about 80 km from Beijing in a small hotel in Mutianyu at the Great Wall. In the context of urbanization and motorization, Chinese cities are investing in the design, construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure as well as financing operation of mobility services. This is a rising challenge for both the national and local governments. To develop ideas on how to establish a financing system in a sustainable way, experts from China and abroad met to gain a better understanding of current institutional and financial arrangements in China for sustainable urban transport and learn from international experiences. The key focus was the development of specific recommendations for the Chinese situation and funding practice. Having identified challenges in…