Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Sustainable Infrastructure Programme in Asia - Transport

SIPA
The “Sustainable Infrastructure Programme Asia – Transport” (SIPA-T) supports the sustainable development of transport infrastructure to better connect Central and Southeast Asia with global markets and improve citizens’ access to services and opportunities with green modes. It produces an assessment of regional transport infrastructure investments and works with Mongolia, Uzbekistan and the Philippines on national-level decarbonising transport roadmaps.

Demand for passenger transport in Central and Southeast Asia will quadruple between 2015 and 2050. As a result, passenger CO2 emissions would triple in Central Asia and double in Southeast Asia. Likewise, freight demand will double in Central Asia, driving up CO2 emissions by 65%. In Southeast Asia, goods transport will more than quadruple and its CO2 emissions double.

To reap the benefits of improved connectivity and accessibility without adding to climate change, Central and Southeast Asia must align their transport infrastructure investments with the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The SIPA-T project helps decision-makers in Central and Southeast Asia by identifying ways to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the region’s transport networks. It pinpoints gaps in regional freight connectivity, proposes sustainable ways to close them, and develops pathways for decarbonising local transport systems.

For an in-depth understanding of the specificities of the transport contexts in both regions, the project organises fact-finding missions in key countries to collect relevant information and data for analyses, workshops for stakeholder consultations, and knowledge dissemination events for wider stakeholder groups beyond the study countries and regions.

Project outputs include two regional-level studies for Central Asia and Southeast Asia. These involve assessing the capacity of transport infrastructure programmes for improving connectivity, reducing environmental costs, and bringing benefits for local communities.

Three additional national-level studies for Mongolia, Uzbekistan and the Philippines  simulate policy impacts and present tailored transport policy roadmaps for the three countries

The project also provides policy makers in the region with easy-to-use simulation tools to assess the impact of policy options and identify effective decarbonising measures for national transport systems.

The national-level studies are conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Roads and Transport Development of the Republic of Mongolia, the City of Ulaanbaatar, the Ministry of Transport of Uzbekistan, the City of Tashkent, and the Department of Transportation of the Philippines. The regional studies will be carried out in collaboration with the ministries and organisations involved in developing transport infrastructure in the Central Asia and Southeast Asia regions.

Project partners are the OECD and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).