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Mitigation actions in the transport sector in Costa Rica

As of: March 2021

The mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions by conversion to climate-friendly transport is part of Costa Rica’s NDC. This requires improved framework conditions, exemplary measures, the involvement of the population and the dissemination of successful concepts. The project therefore strengthens the legal and institutional framework for the implementation of a climate-friendly transport policy. Building on this, technical and environmental-economic solutions as well as financing mechanisms are implemented in cooperation with various stakeholders. Besides reducing greenhouse gases, the project measures improve the public transport system and reduce traffic congestion, noise and pollutant emissions. Experiences such as effective models of cooperation between the state, municipalities and the private sector are systematised and incorporated into the regional exchange of information. The model solutions developed in the project thus generate imitation effects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

State of implementation/results

  • The project updated the definition of the vehicle typology for buses operating in local public transport in Costa Rica (…).
  • The project formulated recommendations for the modernisation of the regular vehicle inspection programme (…́n_mantenimiento.pdf).
  • The project accompanied the development of laws, which establish rights and regulations for cycling and promote pedestrian-friendly design of public spaces.
  • Using the online tool íMA (Índices de Movilidad Activa) developed by the project and the Institute for Municipal Consultancy (IFAM), municipalities can calculate the pedestrian and bicycle compatibility in their territories in order to identify priority action sites for the implementation of mobility projects (…).
  • Using the concept of 'Tactical Urbanism', interventions were carried out in 3 municipalities to seek inclusive transport solutions. Public spaces were temporarily changed to demonstrate the added value of an attractive public space.
  • Publication of the study: Financing options for sustainable mobility in Costa Rica (…).
  • Publication of the study: Impact of the planned introduction of electric buses in local public transport in Costa Rica on the electricity grid (…).
  • Publication of recommendations for the increase of ambitions in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions based on experiences from Latin America (…).
  • Organisation of a virtual seminar on eco-driving in freight transport in order to raise awareness among private and public actors in Costa Rica and to promote training elements for efficient driving in Costa Rica(…). --

Project data

Costa Rica

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica

Implementing partner(s):
  • Ministerium für öffentliche Bauten und Transport (MOPT)
  • Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica

BMU grant:
6.000.000,00 €

07/2017  till  10/2021


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