Promoting climate-friendly local public transport in Peru’s cities

Project description

Title: Supporting the implementation of the urban transport national policy in Peru
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Confinanced by: Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Country: Peru
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, Perú – MTC)
Overall term: 2022 to 2026

Pop-up bicycle lane. © GIZ / Paul Alonso


In Peru, the transport system accounts for almost 40 per cent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. The Peruvian Government has therefore committed itself to taking specific mitigation measures for this area. There is particular potential for savings in local public transport, as this makes up around 70 per cent of all transport services in many cities.

However, there are considerable deficiencies in local public transport in Peru’s cities, making it difficult to modernise the public transport system as desired. There is currently hardly any coordination between urban, transport and mobility planning, and up to 90 per cent of the private transport service providers in cities are unregistered small businesses. An antiquated vehicle fleet and inefficient organisation on the part of the cities further exacerbate the situation. These problems particularly affect women and disadvantaged social groups.

Peruvian cities face the challenge of implementing the urban transport national policy and, above all, organising climate-friendly local public transport.


Selected cities implement the urban transport national policy. The focus is on creating integrated public transport systems that build on one another and that are accessible and safe for all city residents.

Urban public transport. © GIZ / Miguel Zamalloa


The project is supporting the relevant national and local institutions in implementing the urban transport national policy with the following measures:

  • Strengthening the National Programme for Sustainable Urban Transport (Promovilidad).
  • Developing effective examples of gender-sensitive, integrated public transport systems and measures.
  • Advocating for broader use of digital technologies
  • Implementing strategies for formalising and professionalising private transport companies.

Last update: March 2022

Public transport technology: Card payment on public buses. © GIZ / Juan Campos

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