ICCT to recommend appropriate bus technology for East African cities
East African cities are expanding at unprecedented rates and are consequently facing sustained population growth, rapid motorization rates, worsening traffic congestion, and thus decreasing mobility and increasing health problems. By 2030 the share of urban areas in East Africa will increase markedly, changing from 7.5% of the average annual population increase in 1950-2000, to 22.6% of that expected during 2000-2030. Preparation for this continued urban growth now may provide the opportunity to avoid many of the mistakes made by other cities already further along in their development paths.
UN-HABITAT is coordinating a GEF funded project “Promoting Sustainable Transport Solutions for East Africa” (GEF SUSTRAN) that aims to provide technical and institutional support to the three capital cities of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia on the design and implementation of high quality, efficient public transport that integrates non-motorized transport. UNEP is implementing the Clean Technology Component of this project. The main objective of this component is to recommend the most appropriate and best available clean technology for BRT buses. These recommendations will be based on a cost and benefit analysis of current and future energy and vehicle technology options in each city. UNEP is working with the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) that has a vast wealth of international experience in such analysis. The findings will be presented to stakeholders in each of the 3 cities, and at a regional event in July/August.