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NDC Transport Initiative for Asia

As of: January 2022

Rapid economic growth, together with a persistent trend towards urbanization and a rise of motorized transport are leading to an increase of traffic volumes in Asia. This leads to an increase of greenhouse gas emissions and severe air pollution. The NDC Transport Initiative for Asia, a joint program of seven organizations, promotes an integrated approach to the decarbonisation of transport. In each partner country, the initiative is supporting stakeholder processes and the development of measures for climate change mitigation. As a result, the project helps its partners to make their sectoral contributions to increase their NDCs, and to take a more ambitious approach to long-term strategies and the 2025 NDCs. As a regional initiative, the project shares its knowledge throughout Asia and promotes regional discourse on the need for net zero carbon transport. At the global level, the program disseminates and exchanges insights within the UNFCCC process.

State of implementation/results

    • In a pre-event to the 13th Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum government officials and experts from more than 10 countries discussed opportunities for linking SDG and NDC reporting. The concept for an integrated reporting mechanism for transport, climate change and SDGs was summarised in a background paper.
    • GIZ and Agora Verkehrswende have launched “The Council for Decarbonising Transport in Asia” made up by 14 recognized experts, practitioners, and thought leaders from academia, civil society,
    • In a virtual peer exchange 30 decision-makers from 10 countries discussed “Using green recovery for fast-tracking NDC implementation in the transport sector in Asia”.
    • National Forum for Decarbonising Transport in India was launched in August 2021.
    • Two in-country events on “Decarbonising India’s Transport System and Life Cycle Assessment” conducted to facilitate experiences and learnings from international experts by ITF.
    • Blog series about a meta-study of India’s road transport emissions analyses.
    Viet Nam:
    • At the ASEAN Smart City Summit on 22 October 2020, Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport and the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA) discussed pathways for the introduction of electric mobility in the context of decarbonisation.
    • Online seminar on e-mobility and climate goals in China, jointly organized by ICCT and Agora Verkehrswende (May 4th, 2021); Kick-off workshop together with representatives of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment MEE, and BMU, the Department of Ecology and Environment of Guangdong Province, as well as various international and national technical implementation authorities (April 13, 2021).

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Project data

China, India, Viet Nam

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

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Ecology and Environment - China
  • Ministry of Transport - Viet Nam
  • National Institution for Transforming (NITI Aayog) - India

Implementing partner(s):
  • Agora Verkehrswende (AGORA)
  • International Transport Forum (ITF)
  • Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) Foundation
  • REN21 Secretariat (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century e.V.)
  • The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)

BMU grant:
19.750.000,00 €

11/2019  till  02/2024


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