Research and Expertise
Reducing emissions from the transport sector is crucial, as it contributes to 23% of energy-related CO2 emissions.
EMBARQ's Research & Practice experts have helped develop methodologies for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)—voluntary emissions reduction measures in the urban transport sector of developing countries. EMBARQ's recommendations were included in the report, “Applicability of post 2012 climate instruments to the transport sector,” published by the Asian Development Bank and Inter-American Development Bank. The publication is expected to influence the way the nations commit, monitor, report and verify greenhouse gas emissions reductions and open new opportunities to fund and prioritize sustainable transport projects.
EMBARQ also provided key reference material about the importance of bus rapid transit on sustainable urban development, including case studies from Bogota and Mexico City, for a policy document, “Environment Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean: GEO LAC 3,” published by the United Nations Environmental Programme.
And at the request of Colombia's National Planning Department, EMBARQ completed an evaluation of the societal and economic impacts of Bogota's TransMilenio system. The Colombian government has adopted the methodology as their standard transit project evaluation. Furthermore, it contributed to the standard assessment developed by CTS-México to evaluate transport projects receiving funds from Mexico's federal transit program, known as PROTRAM.