Urban Transport


China’s economic growth and urbanisation over the past three decades have lifted millions out of poverty and improved the choices and wellbeing of many. At the same time, these processes have led to a massive increase in transport volume, making air pollution, congestion, traffic accidents and noise nuisance sad characteristics of Chinese metropolises that affect the newly gained quality of life. In addition, much of the growth in transport GHG emissions is generated in cities and urban growth is bound to continue for the next decades to come. Reducing GHG emissions from urban transport is therefore a necessity for sustainable development not only in Chinese cities but in the whole country and the world.

Neither the provision of additional road infrastructure nor the development of new car technologies is sufficient to overcome local and global challenges. Sustainable solutions need to be complemented by implementing Transport Demand Management (TDM) – a strategy that includes a comprehensive set of measures to promote walking, cycling and public transport, while discouraging the use of private cars.

We offer technical expertise and support on:
•    Building up emission inventories and GHG accounting in urban transport
•    Transport Demand Management strategies
•    Approaches to integrate urban and transport development
•    Financing sustainable urban transport

All blog posts about Urban Transport can be found here.

Partners we work with are for example the Ministry of Transport (MoT), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport (BMCT), Beijing Transportation and Research Center (BTRC), China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Centre (CUSTReC), Beijing Jiaotong University, World Resources Institute (WRI), INFRAS, and the IFEU Institute.

For more information on urban transport related work of GIZ in Germany and download the Sourcebook for Decision-Makers in Developing Countries, please also see the website of the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP).

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