Modern transport systems

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GIZ supports  partners worldwide in designing and developing modern and sustainable transport systems.

Modern transport systems are the backbone of successful economies, they are the lifelines of cities and regions, and provide important economic and social factors. But modernity does not mean simply moving more traffic faster - it means developing sustainable solutions that are clean, resource efficient, safe and affordable.

Avoiding, shifting and improving transport

GIZ's work is guided by the principles of the "Avoid-Shift-Improve Approach". GIZ is motivated in pursuing resource-conserving and efficient mobility which takes into account the needs of the most vulnerable. In simple terms, avoid or reduce travel or the need to travel, for example by avoiding long journeys through compact settlement development. Shift to more energy efficient transport modes, such as walking, cycling and public transport. And improve efficiency through intelligent traffic management, fuel efficient vehicles and alternatives (especially electric drive technology).

GIZ recognizes that any measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transport sector not only improves the climate balance, but also makes a significant contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). If transport and mobility are planned around people, this has positive compounding effects on economic growth, social integration, health and quality of life.

To implement the Avoid – Shift – Improve approach, GIZ advises those responsible in partner countries and cities such as national and local authorities, transport companies and the private sector. Our advisory services focus on concrete measures that make mobility more climate friendly, safer and equitable - with particular attention being paid to the needs of women and children.

Among other things, we support the integration of transport with climate policy and national financing concepts; the development of (city) transport plans and on the ground pilot projects to demonstrate the potential for change. GIZ also supports countries access funding from international climate funds. We implement our work on behalf of the German government and other clients. Our points of reference are the Paris Climate Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and the "New Urban Agenda", the global roadmap for sustainable urban development.

Our measures are embedded in global initiatives that promote sustainable mobility worldwide.

Aus der Praxis

Practical experiences

This page provides you with further information, such as publications and links from our work.