Integrating climate action, air quality and accessibility into urban mobility planning

Project description

Title: Sustainable urban mobility – air quality, climate action, accessibility
Commissioned byr: Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)
Country: India​​​​​​​
Lead executing agency​​​​​​​: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India​​​​​​​
Overall term​​​​​​​: 2022 to 2025

Logo of the Indo-German Green Urban Mobility Partnership Copyright: GIZ


The Government of India is seeking to reduce CO2 emissions while also following pathways to an environmentally friendly urban development. To this end, it is adopting several policy programmes to drive forward an environmentally friendly urban mobility transition across sectors.

While integrated urban mobility planning has the potential to make an impact beyond the sector itself, certain prerequisites are indispensable to reap the full benefits. Some matters have to be clarified before local authorities can start the participatory process of mobility planning together with all relevant stakeholders (including local governments, public transport authorities, civil society groups and community). An evidence base for the interrelated challenges of CO2 emissions, air quality control and accessibility for urban populations is required. The full potential of synergies between these three aspects can only be fully realised if relevant data bases are developed. In addition, cross-sectoral coordination mechanisms must be in place and the capabilities of individuals on the ground consolidated.


National, state and municipal institutions are improving integrated urban mobility planning to address air quality, climate action and accessibility.


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) are jointly implementing the SUM-ACA (Sustainable urban mobility – air quality, climate action, accessibility) project. Their aim is to advance the environmentally friendly mobility transition in Indian cities. The project carries out activities with partner institutions at national, state and local level that directly benefit the urban population as a target group in several Indian cities and states. These include:

  • Supporting the Indo-German Green Urban Mobility Partnership (GUMP)
  • Engaging in the participatory development of evidence-based integrated urban mobility plans
  • Improving the capabilities of institutions and individuals

Last update: September 2022