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GIZ and Ricardo review rapidly developing countries' low-carbon transport plan

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) has appointed Ricardo Energy & Environment to review the low carbon, sustainable transport ambitions of rapidly developing countries to identify the financial and technical support required to turn these plans into reality.

The research will improve understanding of the role that the transport sector will play in the implementation of developing countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement – which aims to limit global temperature increase to ‘well-below’ two degrees Celsius. The project and its objectives will be presented by GIZ and Ricardo Energy & Environment on Sunday 13 November on ‘Transport Day’ of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22), Marrakesh, Morocco.

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s sustainable transport specialists will review the emissions reduction commitments made by selected case study countries in Africa, Asia and South America. The research forms part of the ‘Advancing Transport Climate Strategies’ project, which supports rapidly motorising countries to develop transport strategies that are fully integrated with their climate policies and national development goals. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, through its International Climate Initiative.

“Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport are expected to increase significantly in developing countries, as increased urbanization and the demand for personal mobility drives rapid increases in car use and road traffic levels,” said Sujith Kollamthodi, Ricardo Energy & Environment sustainable transport practice director. “Our research will help to identify how such countries can take steps to reduce GHG emissions from their expanding transport sectors. The outputs of this work will help GIZ and the German Government in their roles supporting nations to drive sustainable economic and environmental development throughout the world.”

Ricardo Energy & Environment will conduct interviews with stakeholders and NDC project managers, perform literature reviews of NDCs and transport strategies, and undertake in-country research with national policy makers. The team was appointed by GIZ on the strength of its strong background in NDC development, including supporting 17 nations to develop their INDCs and its ongoing work assisting countries to ‘kick-start’ their NDC implementation plans.

For more information on how Ricardo Energy & Environment’s work in developing country-specific solutions is helping countries to achieve national and sectoral success in NDC development, visit: http://ee.ricardo.com/cms/COP22/.