Pilot project on transport sector decarbonisation

Project description

Title: Mobility and fuels strategy as a contribution to the traffic transition in China – Pilot project in the Jing-Jin-Ji region
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)
Country: People's Republic of China
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Transport (MOT) of the People’s Republic of China
Overall term: 2017 bis 2019

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The transport sector is a major economic driving force in China. It creates jobs and shapes technological progress. However, its development has been overshadowed by climate and environmental issues. Air pollution, accidents, noise and congestion are particularly onerous on the people who live or work in China's megacities or along the coast and waterways. Less perceptible, yet no less significant are the carbon emissions from combustion engines. Their negative social, ecological and climate-related impacts are a challenge for policy-makers the world over. Energy security, climate change mitigation and air quality all have to be taken into account, as do economic efficiency, growth and acceptance. One of the objectives of China's transport policy is to facilitate mobility and ensure it is ecologically, economically and socially sustainable.

A Sino-German dialogue process is exploring various options for a mobility and fuels strategy (MFS) in China. How can policy-makers drive the process towards future-proof mobility? What can the transport sector learn from the energy sector which is currently leading the way on the sustainability front? What propulsion technologies, fuels, measures and regulations are already available and future-proof? These are all important questions that feature strongly in the issues addressed by the German Government’s MFS. Implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), the MFS pilot project in China got off the ground in January 2017. It follows on from a project in which GIZ cooperated with the Chinese Transport Ministry and its think-tank TPRI (Transport Planning and Research Institute) to identify the latest development trends, barriers and prospects surrounding key segments of an MFS in China.


The Chinese Government pilots the project in the Jing-Jin-Ji region. It is based on Germany's Mobility and Fuels Strategy (MFS).


The project is helping to decarbonise China's transport sector. To this end, the Chinese Government is piloting an MFS in Jing-Jin-Ji region and incorporating the results in policy and specialist dialogue. Short technical studies on topics relating to mobility and fuels are generating a scientific basis for a mobility and fuels strategy. Furthermore, the project is assisting the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) GmbH to set up the virtual Sino-German Electro Mobility Innovation and Support Center (SGEC).