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Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport (CLCT)

China is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. With about 1Gt of CO2, the Chinese transport sector accounts for about 10 percent of the country’s total CO2 emissions. China is facing growing car-ownership levels as well as increasing volumes of both passenger and freight transport, and the quality of life in general is deteriorating due to air and noise pollution and traffic congestion, particularly in cities.

In order to tackle climate change and to make transport more sustainable, China has set ambitious goals: In September 2020, Chinese president Xi Jinping announced that China will achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. By 2030, the country wants to achieve the peaking of CO2 emissions, lower CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by over 65 per cent from 2005 level and increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 25 per cent.

To reach these targets, China started implementing various measures to drastically reduce its emissions. This includes the promotion of electro-mobility and smart transport systems, the expansion of public transport, the promotion of shared mobility, walking and cycling, and the promotion of intermodal transport aiming at shifting freight transport volumes from the road to more climate-friendly means including rail and inland waterways.


The CLCT project supports the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MoT) and other partners on national and city level in elaborating effective and efficient implementation strategies and policies to further develop a climate-friendly transport sector in China.


The CLCT project supports the Sino-German policy dialogue on long-term climate change mitigation strategies in the transport sector. It facilitates the exchange on the potentials of digitalisation, innovative technologies and integrated mobility concepts for fostering and promoting sustainable and low-carbon future transport and mobility.

To achieve this objective, the project facilitates policy dialogue and advice, sector-specific knowledge sharing and research, implements pilot projects at city level and expands specialist expertise. To this end, Chinese partners are supported, particularly in the priority areas of passenger and freight transport. The project implementation focuses on:

  1. the facilitation of Sino-German transport climate-policy and multi-stakeholder dialogues,
  2. the promotion of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP),
  3. the sustainable development of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS),
  4. the promotion of electro-mobility in the fields of urban buses and urban delivery vehicles,
  5. the promotion of climate-oriented bus network optimisation,
  6. the establishment of an Active Mobility Alliance in China,
  7. the promotion of intermodal transport standardisation and hub evaluation, and
  8. the promotion of sustainable urban freight


16. June 2021

The second workshop of the Beijing Dialogue with the theme “Infrastructure, Key Technologies and Implementation Roadmap” took place on June 4, 2020, in the Beijing Nikko New Century Hotel.

26. May 2021

Beijing MaaS platform launches "MaaS Mobility for Green City" initiative: the first platform in China to encourage citizens to participate in green mobility through a Carbon Credit System

20. May 2021

This event was organized as part of the bilateral cooperation project on mobility and fuel strategy between the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China (MoT) by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH with support from the MoT.

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Sebastian Ibold 2

Sebastian Ibold
Project Director

Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH