Transport Sector and NAMAs

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities co-organized a workshop on “Transport Sector and NAMAs (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions): Assessing Data Readiness for Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transport” last 9 February in Manila, Philippines. The workshop was attended by participants from China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand representing cities, environmental agencies, transport agencies/institutes, non-government organizations, and development banks.

The workshop was organized to assess the data readiness of select non-Annex 1 countries in Asia and also provide inputs to the future design of the NAMAs-MRV framework. This answers the need for more information of how specific mechanisms and modalities under the future climate regime such as NAMAs and MRV relate to transport emphasizing the need for transport-specific GHG management.

The workshop showed that countries and cities can learn from one another. For example, countries such as Indonesia provide some useful lessons for countries that have not developed their own transport NAMAs by beginning to convert pledged reduction targets into sector specific actions. The workshop also highlighted that some countries are already developing mechanisms that operate similar to NAMAs domestically such as the fiscal support China is providing for locally appropriate mitigation actions. Last, the workshop illustrated that capacity building has to be nuanced to the different needs of different countries. For instance, India’s capacity building programs should be tailored to varying needs of state level governments.

Asia’s policymakers should have a proactive role in shaping the MRV guidelines that are still being developed in international climate negotiations. Making most of these new mechanisms will necessitate developing countries to have an effective data management strategy improving on data availability, quality, and accessibility. Admittedly, systematic collection of data has many challenges, but it must be a priority since the integration and streamlining data will be very important in determining the type and amount of international support.

See workshop report and presentations here.