Introducing Measures, Pathways and Roadmaps for Optimizing Vehicle Efficiency and Electrification (IMPROVE)

The core mobility challenges of our time are to accelerate the phasing out of combustion engines, the transition to electric vehicles and to increase energy efficiency. The project supports newly industrialising and developing countries to reduce the average greenhouse gas emissions of newly registered or imported vehicles by 2030 compared to a reference scenario (Business as Usual, BAU) and thus contribute to the Paris Agreement. It develops necessary regulations and policies and coordinates them with partners in four countries. For this purpose the projects collects and analyses mobility and vehicle data, develops and evaluates regulatory proposals and supports corresponding coordination procedures. The project actively promotes international learning and cooperation with global initiatives to build momentum for the transition to zero emission mobility built internationally.

Project data

Colombia, Kenya, Morocco, Thailand
IKI funding
4,000,000.00 €
01/2023 till 05/2026
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Ministry for Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water (METLE) - Morocco
  • Ministry of Mining and Energy (MinEnergia) - Colombia
  • Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, and Urban Development (MOTIHUD), Kenya
  • Ministry of Transport Thailand

State of implementation/results

  • In September 2023, a training on vehicle efficiency for delegates from the four partner countries was held in cooperation with the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) as part of the Transport and Climate Change Week 2023.
  • Colombia:
    • In cooperation with the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Environment, the existing proposal for a fuel economy standard for light-duty vehicles was revised.
    • The State Department of Transport has launched a Technical Working Group “Vehicle Efficiency Working Group” to oversee the development of a regulatory instrument on vehicle efficiency in Kenya. The members of the Working Group include entities with regulatory power (e.g. ministries and state departments) as well as international organisations (UNDP) and private sector associations.
    • The Vehicle Efficiency Working Group jointly reviewed the results of a scoping study on Conditions and Barriers for Vehicle Efficiency Regulation in Kenya. After approval from the members, the study was published and will inform the further project activities (…).

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