The regional initiative aims at a holistic approach to decarbonize the transport sector in China, India, Vietnam, and further Asian countries. This includes, for example, the development of a coherent strategy for efficient policy approaches which is coordinated between various sector ministries, civil society and the private sector.
The transport sector accounts for 23% of the global energy-related CO₂ emissions (IEA 2017). The Chinese transport sector alone caused 781 Mt CO2e emissions in 2014. Together with India (231 Mt CO2e) and Vietnam (32 Mt CO2e), the three countries emitted about 1 Gt CO2e in 2014 (IEA 2017). Rapid economic growth combined with an ongoing urbanisation trend and increasing motorisation lead to a further increase in traffic amount in the three partner countries. Therefore, the transition to a decarbonisation path for the transport sector in Asia is essential to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement for 2050.
In each of the partner countries, the consortium supports the design and information of stakeholder processes and the development of selected climate protection measures. In this way, the partners are supported in making their sectoral contributions to the achievement of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of the Paris Agreement and in raising their ambitions for long-term strategies and the 2025 NDCs.
As a regional initiative, the programme disseminates appropriate knowledge in Asia via existing platforms. By linking with regional stakeholders and other Asian countries, it contributes to promoting a comprehensive approach to decarbonising transport. At the global level, the programme will contribute its experience to the UNFCCC process.
Programme Director Transport and Climate Change,
based in Bonn, Germany
I am currently heading GIZ‘s global projects on transport and climate change TraCS and TRANSfer – both funded by the German Ministry for the Environment. From 2011 to 2015, I have lived in Beijing and headed various sustainable transport projects in China. Interested in a broad range of topics (e.g. urban mobility, freight and logistics, green hydrogen (PtX), electromobility), my passion is to understand and reduce transport emissions. Before joining GIZ in 2009, I researched sustainable mobility at the German think tank Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.
I have been an employee of GIZ GmbH since September 2014. I presently work for the projects NDC-TIA and energy transition with DISCOMs. Being a member of the electromobility group in GIZ, I also hope to work for the upcoming projects in the area of electro-mobility. I feel fortunate to be working in this sector, when Indian government has huge plans for transition towards e-mobility from conventional vehicles contributing to fostering of a cleaner environment.
Prior to this assignment, I worked for the project: “Setting up of Indigenous solar power forecasting system in India”. In my tenure in GIZ, I also was involved in several projects like Virtual Power Plants, Dimensioning of Control reserves, provision of ancillary services from Renewable Energy, development of Detailed Project Report for Renewable management centre etc in the sector of grid integration of Renewable Energy. Prior to my career in GIZ, I had worked in Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), Department of Science and technology, Govt of India for a brief period. In TIFAC, I had worked for the preparation of R &D strategy and roadmap for National Mission for Electric Mobility 2020.
I have a master’s degree in energy studies from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. I have a bachelors degree in electrical engineering.
Sustainable mobility transformation not only has a major impact on the climate but can also enhance social justice and contributes to a healthy economy. Thus, I’m thrilled to support NDC-TIA in its various efforts to decarbonise the transport sector and to bring in my personal experiences and competences. Before joining NDCA-TIA, I gained experience in an interdisciplinary research project on sustainable urban mobility as well as in the field of Economic Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Having recently completed my studies in political economy at the University of Muenster, I am now looking forward to push ahead sustainable mobility together with our partners.
Since January 2020 I am part of the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA), supporting activities in China, India and Vietnam as well as working in the regional/global component. Before joining NDC-TIA, I was working for the Sector Planning Department of GIZ, responsible for the acquisition and preparation of new projects as well as the technical and methodological support of ongoing transport projects, with a focus on Asia and Latin America.
Prior to joining GIZ in 2016, I worked in mobility research at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and the Vancouver Economic Development Commission. With a PhD from Kassel University on “The Integration of Electromobility into Urban Planning and Street Space Design”, I am passionate about all topics on the interface of transport, energy and climate. I am convinced that our work can play a major role in achieving climate targets and making cities more livable.
Advisor ‘Transport and Climate Change’
Based in Bonn, Germany
I am wth the TRANSfer project since February 2019, driving our Indonesia activities as well as a series of toolkits. I have dedicated my career to climate mitigation – which started with 5 years in climate policy and carbon markets in London and Eschborn and then took a turn to sustainable transport. I spent 6 years with GIZ in the rapidly motorizing ASEAN region where I worked with 8 countries and regional institutions on strategies and actions in areas like fuel economy and green freight. I have a Master of Arts degree in Political Science, Economics and Psychology from the University of Bonn.
Team Leader – E-mobility, Indo German Energy Programme Based in New Delhi, India
I am currently heading the E-mobility related activities under Indo German Energy Programme and coordinating the India component of the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia project. Previously I have served the Green Energy Corridors project of GIZ as a senior technical advisor. After joining GIZ in 2011, I led the Solar Mapping and Monitoring project, funded by the International Climate Initiative of BMU, where world’s largest solar radiation measurement network was established. Before joining GIZ, I did research at the Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus; Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology, Kassel, Germany; and The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, India.
I am interested in a broad spectrum of topics related to energy-environment-sustainable development nexus. My particular focus is on renewable energy, energy transition, sector coupling, smart grid, integration of EV charging infrastructure as well as distributed energy resources into the electrical network, and energy modelling.
I hold a PhD in electrical engineering from University of Kassel, a Master in renewable energy from University of Oldenburg and an MBA in energy management from University of Calcutta. I am excited to work together in clean transportation and contribute towards sustainable development.
Junior Communications Advisor
Based in Bonn, Germany
I have been supporting TRANSfer and TraCS as well as the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia in communications, public relations, network, project and event management in cooperation with international partners since mid 2020.
Within my bachelor’s degree in politics and law, as well as through my previous professional experience, I have specialised in the field of international climate policy and (digital) communication. Apart from the GIZ, I have worked for national and local sustainability and transport projects in Germany and am now excited to exercise my broad experience working for changing-transport.
Finance Manager, NDC Transport Initiative for Asia Based in Eschborn, Germany
Since 2007 I had worked in the administrative and financial area for a number of projects and programs within the GIZ Program “Management of Nature Resources” in Vietnam. The time working for such environmental projects and programs gave me motivation and inspiration to continue working for initiatives, which contributes to environmental protection efforts. Hence I started to be a part of the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia as Finance Manager in March 2020 and very happy to contribute my parts in administratively and financially smoothening the implementation of transport emission reduction measures.
Joining TraCS project in 2016, I am currently supporting climate change policies in transport for the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport. My main work is to support the government in developing an GHG emission inventory and mitigation actions in the transport sector as a basic principle for climate change policies issue. Prior to this, I worked as a consultant in mitigation actions in the energy and transport sector.
As a cyclist and urban planner, I am a passionate advocate for sustainable mobility. Currently, I am a technical advisor at the NDC TIA’s Vietnam component on reducing transport emission and streamlining electric vehicles. In the past, I worked for GIZ transport projects in Cambodia, China and Germany on metropolitan governance of public transport and innovative mobility solutions with start-ups. Before, I was with the European city network, Polis, a think tank for European policy-making on sustainable urban transport.
Intern in portfolio management of the BMU Project Cluster Transport and PtX, based in Bonn, Germany
Since October 2020, I have been supporting the Changing Transport Team as an intern in portfolio management. As a current student of International Economics and Development (B.A.) at the University of Bayreuth, I have a great interest in international cooperation as well as climate policy.
In order to tackle the climate crisis, I believe that humans from the Global North and South have to cooperate more closely in climate change mitigation and share their knowledge. Both transport and energy sectors play a crucial role in this and need to be decarbonised to limit global warming.
I am therefore very happy to join the team and to contribute to the realization of international climate protection within GIZ’s mobility and PtX projects in the Global South.
My journey in GIZ began from October 2020 as a part of the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA) project in New Delhi. Presently, I am working on low carbon transport, specifically on electric mobility related activities in India. Simultaneously, I am supporting activities under the regional and global component of this project.
Prior to GIZ, I have worked as an Associate Consultant with Ernst and Young LLP under the Power and Utilities vertical for close to two years. As a part of their E-mobility team, I have supported key national and international projects.
I hold a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management from TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi. With sustainable development and renewable energy as my core interests, I am elated to work on transition towards clean transportation and make a difference to the society.
I am currently heading the Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT) project and coordinating the China activities of the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia project, where together with our Chinese partners we aim at making transport in China more climate-friendly. As a trained urban planner and designer, I am passionate about how cities shape society and the other way around. Before joining GIZ in 2017, I worked for American Aecom and German ISA and AS+P, where I have been involved in projects in the fields of strategic and master planning, new town and urban redevelopment in China, Germany, Vietnam and the Middle East.
I am currently working on sustainable and low emission transport, with a major focus on electric mobility. Since January 2020 I am part of the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA), supporting activities in India and as well as working in the regional/global component.
Before joining GIZ, I worked as a consultant at KPMG- Climate change and sustainability services in India, having mostly worked on renewable energy, sustainable development goals and social impact evaluations, climate finance, Social Return on Investment, independent assurances in sustainability.
An electronics engineer with a Master’s degree in renewable energy engineering and management, I am passionate to work for sustainability, environment and social causes and excited to contribute in this new role.
Technical Expert – E-mobility Based in New Delhi, India
As a part of the NDC-TIA Transport Initiative for Asia region, I am working on the E-mobility and sustainable transport related activities focused on the India portion alongside assistance to the regional component. Until entering the NDC-TIA project in January 2020, from Dec’15 to Dec’19, I was part of Indo-German Solar Energy Partnership Programme (IGESP) in GIZ India. And contributed to the rooftop solar based distributed generation projects and programs in the states of India; through the interventions in the clean technology demonstration together with examining the regulatory and policy measures.
Being a green energy and low-carbon technology enthusiast, always keen to observe and analyse the inter-related issues dependent to the cross-sectoral use of energy in transport sector, that have an impact on the socio-economic development. I am also eager to engage and work together as a team to understand the challenges in the transport sector to contribute to make it cleaner, efficient, and sustainable transport.
In my academic’s, I hold Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Physics from University of Allahabad, and Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management from TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, India.
Since February 2020, I am working as a Project Officer for the project “NDC Transport Initiative for Asia” and is based in Hanoi, Vietnam. From 2014 – 2018, I have worked as a National Coordinator for a GIZ’s regional project in ASEAN region, supporting the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport in developing strategies and action plans for more sustainable transport. Before joining GIZ, I have more than 10 years’ experience working as an urban transport planner at an institute under the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction. My interest lies in the intersection between transport and climate change as well as examining the associations between policies and practices in the transport sector.
Project Director NDC Transport Initiative for Asia
Based in Bonn, Germany
Currently, I am heading the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia, supporting our partner countries in NDC implementation in the transport sector. I enjoy coordinating our cooperation with all implementing partners in the initiative and promoting a regional discourse on shifting the paradigm towards full decarbonisation of the transport sector. I am also interested in adaptation and resilience of transport systems, providing sustainable mobility for all!