Supporting climate strategies in transport and identifying appropriate action plans
When a country’s economy is developing rapidly, people travel more and more often, and companies increasingly move goods to their clients or transport materials they need for production. For policy-makers it is a challenge to regulate and steer a fast emerging transport sector. Economic growth needs to be organised efficiently and transport demand channeled into low-carbon modes such as buses, railways or non-motorised modes. Road vehicles need to be clean, preferably electric and powered by renewable electricity. Unnecessary trips and empty freight truck trips should be avoided at all costs.
The TraCS project is implemented by GIZ and funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
The Advancing Transport Climate Strategies (TraCS) team helps policymakers in developing countries and emerging economies to align their mobility and transport sector action plans with their climate plans, the so-called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
These contributions are essential components of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and key to global efforts to limit global warming to 1.5-2.0 degree °C above pre-industrialised levels. All signatory countries were asked to publish their contributions prior to the UNFCCC-Conference in Paris 2015 – and from 2020 will be asked to resubmit transparency reports every 2 years. This reinforces the momentum to improve data bases and emission quantification in the transport sector and, as a part of long-term decarbonisation strategy, transport and energy sector needs to be better coordinated and the share of renewable energies is significantly increased, e.g. through e-mobility or synthetic fuels based on renewable energy (Power-to-X or e-fuels).
The effectiveness of any transport decarbonisation strategy depends on the availability of reliable data. TraCS therefore focuses on capacity building, training activities and on fostering systems of collecting, evaluating and monitoring data. This data can then be used to assess the impacts of different policies and measures and is essential to increasing ambition for the next round of NDCs. TraCS cooperates with transport and environmental ministries in Kenya, Morocco and Vietnam, along with their subordinate authorities to facilitate NDC implementation in the transport sector. In 2020 and 2021, TraCS will further support transport and environment officials in Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Uganda in updating their NDCs and long-term strategies.
Advisor on Synthetic Fuels
Based in Bonn and Berlin, Germany
I advise on synthetic fuels in the newly established International PtX Hub in Berlin. The hub’s main goal is to catalyse green hydrogen on a global scale. It is funded by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and implemented by the GIZ.
Before joining GIZ, I was the Deputy Managing Director and Head of Transport Policy at Green Budget Germany, a German environmental think tank, where I focused on economic instruments in air and road transport.
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.
Junior Advisor on Transport and Climate Change
Based in Bonn, Germany
A sustainable transformation of the transport sector offers great possibilities – it can bring about social justice and help protect the climate. That is why I am excited to work in TraCS. I support the cooperation with the State Department of Transport in Kenya and help organise international outreach activities to raise awareness on the transport sector’s potential contribution to ambitious NDCs. Before joining TraCS, I gained experience in climate and energy policy in the Netherlands, Mexico and Germany. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and graduated from Maastricht University with a Master’s in Sustainability Science and Policy. I look forward to contributing to the pressing global reduction of GHG emissions!
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.
Since 2017 I am part of GIZ’s sustainable mobility team. I am coordinating the implementation of sustainable mobility projects in 3 Latin American countries and Morocco and contributing to developing new capacity building formats. I am a convinced advocate of the Avoid-Shift-Improve framework to improve our transport systems. Besides transport, I am passionate about a range of other environmental and social topics, especially zero waste approaches and bottom-up climate justice movements.