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Global Initiative on Transport Emissions

A Partnership Initiated by the United Nations and World Bank

 

 The Global Initiative on Transport Emissions (GITE) is a project undertaken jointly by the World Bank and the United Nations in cooperation with the private sector to facilitate the cooperation among automotive and petroleum industries and developing countries and relevant international agencies to promote energy efficiency in the transportation sector to reduce local and global environmental problems, contribute to a more sustainable use of energy and contribute to sustainable development in the developing world.

 Several developing countries are in a position to undertake transportation policies and actions to avoid serious environmental problems in the future. The GITE aims at promoting an expanded application of knowledge and technology to the transportation sector to facilitate a reform process; the better utilization of energy in the transportation sector; the protection of the environment by reducing emissions from motor vehicles and improving air quality through the promotion of knowledge and rational use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles; a better understanding of transportation energy consumption/production issues, including consumer awareness; and the integration of transportation and land use planning and their impacts on energy use.

 The GITE has written a Background Paper for transport policy makers that also served as a contribution to the ninth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development.

Paper: Air Pollution from Ground Transportation, Annexes

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The focus of the GITE is not technological innovation, but overcoming the institutional, legal, financial and policy barriers which prevent existing technology from rapidly reaching the developing country fleets where it is most urgently needed.