Promoting the transition to sustainable transport in Asia

NDC Transport Initiative for Asia

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  • Commissioning Party

    The German Federal Government’s International Climate Initiative (IKI)

  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2019 to 2025

  • Other Stakeholders

    World Resources Institute (WRI), International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), International Transport Forum (ITF), Agora Verkehrswende (AGORA), Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) Foundation, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century e.V.

  • Products and expertise

    Sustainable infrastructure: water, energy, transport



The transport sector accounts for around 24 per cent of global energy-related CO2 emissions (IEA 2020). If current rates of economic development remain the same, a third of the world’s CO2 emissions in the transport sector are expected to come from Asia by 2030.

If they are to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, Asian countries need to set clear and ambitious decarbonisation targets and fundamentally change how both goods and people are transported.


China, India and Viet Nam are carrying out a low-carbon transition in their transport sector and achieving the climate neutrality targets they have set themselves.



The programme promotes measures for compliance with the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in transport. Additionally, it supports long-term climate strategies and the attainment of the 2025 NDC milestone.

In China, the programme is contributing to the development of a strategy for reducing transport-related greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions by 2030. In this context, it offers technical support to the national government and the province of Guangdong, holds stakeholder dialogues and is improving modelling capabilities.

In India, it is helping to develop the stakeholder platform ‘Forum for Decarbonising Transport’. Additionally, the programme provides advisory services to political actors on measures in the field of electric mobility, with a focus on charging infrastructure.

In Viet Nam, the programme is improving the policy framework to promote and measure low-emission development in the transport sector. This involves supporting the implementation of the NDCs through national and urban e-mobility plans as well as fuel consumption standards.

As a regional initiative, the programme uses events, media and publications to draw attention to the topic. With the Council for Decarbonising Transport in Asia and targeted activities in Thailand and the Philippines, it supports the development of long-term strategies for decarbonising transport in the region.

Last update: May 2023

Bus stopping in front of a building in China.

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