Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT)

Enhancing dialogue and implementation of long-term mitigation strategies to promote low carbon transport in China

China is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. With about 1Gt of CO2, the Chinese transport sector accounts for about 10 per cent of the country’s total CO2 emissions. Furthermore, China is facing growing car-ownership levels as well as increasing volumes of both passenger and freight transport, and the quality of life in general is deteriorating due to air and noise pollution and traffic congestion, particularly in cities.

In order to tackle climate change and to make transport more sustainable, China has set ambitious goals: The country aims at lowering CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 60 to 65 per cent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels and at reaching the peaking of its total CO2 emissions by 2030, making best efforts to peak earlier. In addition, the share of public transport in motorized travel in big-and medium-sized cities should reach 30 per cent by the end of 2020.

To reach these targets, China started implementing various measures to drastically reduce its emissions. This includes the large-scale promotion of electro-mobility and Big Data based smart transport systems, public transport and shared mobility (e. g. car-sharing or car-pooling), walking and cycling but also sustainable urban freight and intermodal transport.

The Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT) is supporting Chinese policy makers to effectively develop and implement strategies for the low carbon development of China’s transport sector. The CLCT project supports policy dialogues and the implementation of long-term climate mitigation actions in China. The CLCT project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with the Ministry of Transport (MoT) of the People’s Republic of China.

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