Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change drew global attention by th-bangkok-traffic-bernard-spragg-flickr_0providing fresh and overwhelming evidence about the urgency of the climate situation. According to the agency’s latest report, global temperatures will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels within the next 12 years—unless we act now.

Transport bears a huge responsibility in the current situation: the sector contributes to nearly a quarter of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, and 18% of all manmade emissions in the global economy.  Under a business-as-usual scenario, this figure will continue rising to reach 1/3 of all emissions by 2040.
Continue reading

eC2: Port Community System

Deadline: 13-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) general-transport-mosaic-main

The Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (IFC MTI) Global Practice of the World Bank Group is seeking the services of an experienced consultant (the firm) individual or firm to support the PNSW initiative by conducting a Situation Analysis of the logistics and international supply chain related activities taking place at the ports (including airports seaports , off-dock terminals as well as inland dry ports and land border crossing points selected by the Client)in collaboration with the relevant regulatory authorities (Customs, Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Civil Aviation Authority, Karachi Port Trust, NLC, Pakistan Railways etc.) and private sector operators, collectively referred to in this document as the Stakeholders.

Continue reading

Want successful urban transport mega-projects? Here are seven things you should keep in mind

In 2002, Sao Paulo’s embarked in one of the most transformative transport projects of imagesthe decade: the construction of Metro Line 4. The new line had big ambitions: it was meant to significantly improve the commuting experience, better connect the south and western regions of the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Region (SPMR) to the center, change the metro system from a radial to a flexible network, and interconnect all transport modes, including buses, suburban trains (CPTM), bicycles, as well as existing and future metro lines.

Continue reading

How can Indonesia achieve a more sustainable transport system?

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 17,500 islands, is the fourth most populous id-street-scene-jakarta-un-women-flickrcountry in the world, with 261 million inhabitants, and the largest economy in Southeast Asia, with a nominal Gross Domestic Product of $933 billion.

Central government spending on transport increased by threefold between 2010-2016. This has enabled the country to extend its transport network capacity and improve access to some of the most remote areas across the archipelago.

Continue reading

Fossil fuel subsidy reforms: we know why, the question is how

Traffic in BeijingA new book, “Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reforms: A Guide to Economic and Political Complexity (Routledge), explores the complex economics and politics of fossil fuel subsidies, and distils key principles for designing and implementing of effective reforms. Here are some key insights.

Continue reading

eC2: Natural Hazard Assessment for the Reconstruction of Critical Transport Infrastructure

Deadline: 21-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

KUTEI (Kabul Urban Transport Effciency Improvment)

The World Bank provides technical assistance to the Government of Myanmar to support technical solutions for Chin State by hiring an international consulting firm to prepare a hazard and vulnerability assessment for road rehabilitation to inform planned investments under the Myanmar Floods and Landslides Emergency Recovery Project in Chin State in Myanmar. The overall objective of the assignment is to contribute to the increase of capacities of the relevant ministries and agencies of the Government of Myanmar in the adoption of appropriate natural hazard assessment approaches in designing transport and infrastructure. The activity will (i) help provide technical solutions on geohazards specifically for Kalay Hakha road; (ii) draw out lessons along the above process, including data gaps and recommend solutions for improvement; (iii) and provide capacity building for the Ministry of Construction on this practice. The assignment is expected to be completed within the period of an estimated six months upon mobilization.

Continue reading

eC2: Support to the Government of Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo for the Evaluation of Urban Transport and Mobility Management and the Development of a Strategy for Sustainable Urban Mobility

general-transport-mosaic-mainDeadline:  11-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The purpose of the study is to develop comprehensive, coherent and applicable policy recommendations, a relevant strategy, shared by all stakeholders and a priority action plan for the sustainable management of urban transport and mobility in the countries, through a swift assessment of the legislative and regulatory framework of the institutions in charge of the transport sector, a diagnosis of the functioning of the urban transport sub-sector. The study also aims to propose a guide for urban transport improvement and establish a strategic plan for sustainable mobility for the main secondary cities, based on the findings of a comprehensive assessment of one pilot city to be chosen in agreement with the respective Governments.

Continue reading

Preventable traffic injuries and deaths hold back the development of countries

final_impactofdevelopment_20180105_coverWhile reading a newspaper over the holidays, one of us came across an article with an often common story: “car collision causes mass fatalities on mountain road”. The collision resulted in 51 deaths, after a bus–one of the vehicles involved, plunged down a cliff in Peru.  Many of the dead were returning to Lima after celebrating the New Year’s holiday with family outside the city.

Continue reading

eC2: Understanding and Benchmarking Trucking Sector Performance

Deadline: 19-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) general-transport-mosaic-main

Objective:  The purpose of this assignment is to address the challenge of meaningfully comparing trucking sector performance at the national level: operational (and, by extension, economic/financial) and environmental performance across countries, including low-income, middle-income, high-income, and fragile states, and in so doing define (a) what constitutes “strong” relative to “poor” trucking sector performance in properly segmented trucking markets; (b) what factors influence performance, and through what mechanisms; (c) what kinds of prioritized interventions can shape performance; and (d) how trucking sector performance, and the nature of trucking sector operations, are likely to evolve in the face of potentially disruptive global trends, such as an impending shortage of truck drivers, an eventual transition to electric and/or autonomous commercial vehicles, big data-enabled integration of logistics service provision, more stringent environmental regulations, and more innovative ways for the public and private sectors to partner in the planning, funding, delivery, and regulation of logistics service provision in truck-based supply chains.

Continue reading

eC2: PREPARE A STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE LAKE TANGANYIKA TRANSPORT AND SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM

Deadline:  15-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) untitled

Objective:  The assignment is intended to be undertaken by a very experienced and high-quality firm (or a consortia), familiar with undertaking assessments of this type, both in the region and internationally. The Consultant will be expected to provide approximately 10-person months of key staff inputs. The estimate of the key person requirements is only indicative and could be construed as skill mix requirements for these services. The contract for this assignment will be a lump sum contract, administered by the World Bank.

Continue reading