Transportation demand management in Beijing: Mitigation of emissions in urban transport
This program aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in urban transport in Beijing by identifying suitable non-technical measures. Beijing is facing local urban transport challenges like congestion, air pollution and noise emission. In addition, since motor vehicle is the fastest growing contributor to global atmospheric warming, how to reduce GHG emissions from urban transport has become a key challenge for a sustainable development in China and globally.
Appropriate Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies and measures can affect travel behavior and therefore reduce transport energy consumption and GHG emissions. The TDM project in Beijing aims to identify suitable non-technical measures for Beijing and evaluate GHG emissions reductions.
This project is part of the German International Climate Initiative (IKI) supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). On behalf of BMUB and the Beijing Municipal Commission for Transportation (BMCT), the project is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Beijing Transportation Research Center (BTRC).
The city of Beijing already started comprehensive TDM measures and actions. According to the 2009 action plan and the 2011 development plan, the municipal government intends to implement an ambitious program of policies and measures. The project will support these efforts especially through enhancing the exchange of Chinese and international experiences.
As an innovative approach, the project partners will focus on non-technical measures and thus achieve co-benefits between local and global objectives. In order to link local challenges like air pollution and congestion with efforts to prevent global warming, a main focus of the project will be to strengthen the capacities of Beijing’s municipal authorities to quantify and model the effects of TDM measures regarding GHG emission reduction in Chinese cities.
The program has three focus areas
- TDM policies and measures: BTRC and GIZ cooperate to identify at least three TDM measures for GHG reduction in Beijing and learn from Chinese and international national best practice.
- Emission scenarios, modeling and monitoring: A monitoring system for GHG emissions will be developed.
- Dissemination: measures and tools will be discussed with and disseminated to further Chinese cities.
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