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Projects in Latin America

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SOLUTIONSplus is an international flagship project to support the global transition to sustainable mobility. In the context of the EU-funded SOLUTIONSplus project 45 partners and over 100 associated partners work together on transformative change towards sustainable urban mobility through innovative and integrated electric mobility solutions. The team of local authorities, knowledge and finance partners, industry, networks and international organizations will help boosting the availability of public and shared electric vehicles, foster the efficiency of operations and support the integration of different types of e-mobility in urban areas that meet the needs users and local conditions in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Decarbonising Transport in Emerging Economies

The DTEE project supports transport decarbonisation in Argentina, Azerbaijan, India and Morocco. It is designing a common assessment framework for transport emissions that will cover several transport sub-sectors and transport modes. Country-specific modelling tools and policy scenarios will help the participating governments to implement ambitious CO2-reduction initiatives for their transport sectors. Stakeholder workshops, training sessions, briefings for policy makers and mitigation action plans will stimulate further research and the development of policies beyond the duration of the project.

Transport is a major enabler of economic development. But it is also a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Transport accounted for 30% of CO2 emissions in OECD countries in 2016. In non-OECD countries it contributed only 16%. But transport emissions in the OECD are expected to decrease by 1% annually through to 2030, according to ITF estimates. In non-OECD countries they will grow by 2%. This is mostly because transport demand there grows significantly faster. Estimates see transport volumes in non-OECD countries grow more than twice as fast as in the OECD with 4% annual growth for passenger and 5% for freight transport.

GEF funding is provided by participating donor countries and made available to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to meet the objectives of international environmental conventions and agreements.

The Council-approved funds are transferred through 18 GEF Agencies to government agencies, civil society organizations, private sector companies, research institutions, among the broad diversity of potential partners, to execute projects and programs in recipient countries.

Accelerating Access to Low Carbon Urban Mobility Solutions through Digitalization

The programme is transformative and will benefit citizens in each country who use urban transport by providing more efficient low carbon transport options and in the longer term healthier and cleaner environments, as well as benefitting national and city government stakeholder and the private sector. 

Accelerating Access to Low Carbon Urban Mobility Solutions through Digitalization is a joint programme of ten organisations supporting six countries in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru). The project goal is to introduce digitization policies and tools into urban transport systems in order to reduce transport emissions. 


Piloting an Approach for Co-Designing, Scalling and Replicating Climate Action at the Neigbourhood Level

Given their contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and their vulnerability to the effects of climate change, cities are a fundamental actor in the fight against its impacts. Local authorities are starting to develop climate action plans. Yet, community awareness and engagement is often disregarded in these processes. This project focuses on the execution of pilot projects in two vulnerable neighbourhoods in medium-size Mexican cities with the aim of demonstrating the feasibility of low-cost, inclusive and easily replicable low-carbon and resilient urban solutions. The project will address the climate vulnerability of communities from an intersectoral perspective, allowing a bottom-up approach in the assessment, design and execution of identified solutions using a mapping tool and a methodological framework. A capacity building and dissemination strategy will enable local authorities and grass-roots organisations to replicate the approach independently, using the project’s resulting products.

The Urban Pathways project made an active contribution to delivering on the Paris Agreement at the city level in the context of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. It makes a direct contribution to sustainable urban development by focusing on implementation projects in the areas of mobility, energy, and resource management. The project is funded be the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and is implemented by UN-Habitat, the Wuppertal Institute and UN Environment. Urban Pathways started in four pilot countries (India, Brazil, Kenya and Vietnam) to develop a Living Lab framework, which is then intended to be replicated across the partner regions. Urban Pathways is active in 10 pilot cities and replicating activities in more than 15 cities.



eBRT2030 seeks to support sustainable urban transport by proposing innovative solutions for electric Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). A major milestone in electric mobility, eBRT2030 aims to demonstrate the applicability of a new generation of eBRT systems in different urban contexts with innovative solutions that are economically viable and enhanced with new automation and connectivity functionalities.

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