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The newest issue of our China Transport Sector Policy Briefing is here! The Sustainable Mobility Team at GIZ in China provides you with regular summaries of important policies in China’s transport sector. Inside this issue of the China Transport Sector Policy Briefing After an extended break due to COVID-19, the China Transport Policy Briefing is back with its 1st issue of 2020. Whilst in Europe the pandemic situation is still in full swing, Beijing has been resuming work in a “new reality” after the wave has been overcome. Enclosed you will find summaries of highly relevant and exciting developments of December, January, February and March. Please click here to download the China Transport Policy Briefing 2020, 01Download Selected highlights of this Issue are: The economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Chinese car market while it was already at a low point. After several weeks of tight restrictions,…

Authors: Sebastian Ibold/GIZ, Nikola Medimorec/SLOCAT, Armin Wagner/GIZ [1]Contributions: Linus Platzer/GIZ, Victor Valente/GIZ Update: 20.3.2020 // Reflections on cycling, public space and introduction of proposed conceptual framework for transport sector response to COVID-19 based on Avoid-Shift-Improve Approach Update 27.3.2020 // Reflections on sequencing and prioritization of measures, impressions from Brazil, additional information / anecdotal evidence on (potential) impact Update 30.3.2020 // Reflections on COVID-19 impact on shared mobility Contents BackgroundCOVID-19 and Public TransportNeed for Coordinated ResponseNeed for Protection of Staff, Infrastructure and PassengersRecommendations to Protect Staff and InfrastructureRecommendations to Protect PassengersNeed for Coordinated Demand ManagementCOVID-19 and Shared-MobilityProposed Conceptual Framework for Transport Sector – Response to COVID-19 Based on Avoid-Shift-Improve ApproachFurther observations – Impacts of COVID-19SummaryQuestions for Further DiscussionAnnex: In-Depth Country Observation Brazil Background On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. As of March 26, about 2.6 billion people (including 1.3 billion in India…

The newest issue of our China Transport Sector Policy Briefing is here! The Sustainable Mobility Team at GIZ in China provides you with regular summaries of important policies in China’s transport sector. Inside this issue of the China Transport Sector Policy Briefing The 6th Issue of the China Transport Sector Policy Briefing 2019, as this year’s winter edition, covers highly relevant and exciting developments in August, September, October and November . Please click here to download China Transport Sector Policy Briefing Issue 6 2019 Summer Edition One of the highlights of this issue is that China published its “Outline for Building China’s Strength in Transport”, which describes the future vision and roadmap for China’s transport sector with a clear message: China wants to become a global transport superpower by 2050 (Article #9). Read more about how this plan fits into China’s policy making in our Blog Article: How China Wants to…

The promotion of low-carbon and environmentally friendly transport is an important target of China’s development strategy for its transport sector. To reduce vehicle emissions in cities, it is key to develop effective and integrated emission monitoring and to standardize the methodology of emission inventories. In particular, the application of Big Data can help to establish a detailed and reliable real-time emission monitoring. For the integrated development of vehicle emission monitoring, verification and report (MRV) in China, collaboration between relevant stakeholders such as decision-makers on city level, research institutions and the industry as well as capacity development and technical expert exchange is needed. In 2013, the Shenzhen Municipal Transportation Commission and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the Southern Chinese city of Shenzhen to alleviate urban traffic congestion and to establish a low-carbon transport system. The project…

The newest issue of our China Transport Sector Policy Briefing is here! The Sustainable Mobility Team at GIZ in China provides you with regular summaries of important policies in China’s transport sector. Inside this issue of the China Transport Sector Policy Briefing The 5th Issue of the China Transport Sector Policy Briefing 2019, as this year’s summer edition, covers highly relevant and exciting developments in May, June and July. Please click here to download China Transport Sector Policy Briefing Issue 5 2019 Summer Edition One of the highlights of this Issue is that China discusses to adjust its Dual Credit System, which is used to reward or penalise carmakers based on their share of NEVs and Corporate Average Fuel Consumption. The Chinese government has also released work plans to develop standards on New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) and Intelligent and Connected Vehicles (ICVs), directly referencing the cooperation with Germany and the EU.…

Over the past twenty years, the Chinese transport sector has undergone a monumental transformation. Today, China is the world’s largest car market, has the planet’s largest High-Speed Rail (HSR) system, is the world’s second largest civil aviation market and houses seven of the planet’s ten largest container ports. An astounding achievement considering the country had under 20,000 registered private cars in 1985 and not a single HSR line until 2008. Simply phrased, China has ‘put the pedal to the metal’. However, China’s rise came along with alarming environmental and climate change issues as transport emissions have increased more than tenfold since 1980. Today, China is not only the world’s single largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, but its transport sector is the country’s third largest contributor. Furthermore, China is plagued by notorious air pollution that provokes alarming health concerns amongst its 1.4 billion strong population. With incomes continuing to grow among…

The newest issue of our China Transport Sector Policy Briefing is here! The Sustainable Mobility Team at GIZ in China provides you with regular summaries of important policies in China’s transport sector. Inside this issue of the China Transport Sector Policy Briefing Please click here to download China Transport Sector Policy Briefing Issue 4 2019 Significant topics outlined in this issue are the energy consumption of electric vehicles (EVs) and the corporate average fuel consumption. Where the corporate average fuel consumption (CAFC) of China’s domestically produced vehicles was supposed to drop 3.2 liters per 100 km at the turn of the decade, preliminary figures now show that targets may already have been reached in 2018. At the same time, BEV manufacturers achieved particularly noteworthy results. What is more, in March, China introduced a new testing cycle for determining the energy consumption of EVs. The China Automotive Testing Cycle (CATC) was…

Systematic and integrated transport planning is key to achieving low-carbon transport systems in cities. Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning can help cities to overcome institutional barriers by shifting from comprehensive transport planning with a focus on infrastructure towards integrated and climate-friendly mobility planning. On 25 April 2019, GIZ, together with the Institute for Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD), the Yinchuan Development and Reform Commission, the Yinchuan Foreign Affairs Office, and various local government departments, jointly organized a one-day technical workshop in the Chinese city of Yinchuan on the concept of SUMP. The aim of the workshop was to jointly elaborate on how SUMP can contribute to a more sustainable development of Yinchuan’s transport and mobility system and to conduct an in-depth exchange on the status quo of Yinchuan’s transport system and its future development pathway. Yinchuan, a forerunner in innovation and sustainable urban development Yinchuan, the capital of the Ningxia Hui…

With the fast-paced development of the Chinese logistics sector and the booming Chinese freight industry, road   and highway freight volume have been growing 5.9% (to 8.19 billion tonnes) and 10.2% year-on-year respectively. To fully understand the transportation and logistics sector’s environmental and climate impact, systematically calculating, assessing and reporting the carbon footprint of the sector are crucial. The development of sound, comprehensive and accurate calculation tools and practices will greatly contribute to achieving a green and low-carbon transport sector in China and to meeting the country’s commitment of peaking carbon emissions around the year 2030. Aiming at creating a better understanding of the current system for calculating emissions of the Chinese logistics industry, to introduce effective tools and methodologies, and to exchange on best practices from Europe and China, the Smart Freight Forum – Logistics Emission Calculation Tools and Practice was held on 27 March 2019 in Beijing.  The forum…

China Transport Sector Policy Briefing – 2019, Issue 3 The newest issue of our China Transport Sector Policy Briefing is here! The Sustainable Mobility Team at GIZ in China provides you with regular summaries of important policies in China’s transport sector. Please click here to download: China Transport Sector Policy Briefing Issue 3 2019 NEV purchase subsidies, VAT reform, methanol-fuelled cars, green logistics On 5 March 2019, Premier Li Keqiang presented the 2019 Government Work Report at the National People’s Congress. Each year, the Government Work Report summarises economic and social achievements from the previous year and the general direction for the current fiscal year. For the transport sector, the 2019 Report reiterates many of the goals set out in policies previously and names several key topics, such as innovation and research in the field of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and mobility. As for investments in transport infrastructure, the Report…