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Peru – Sustainable Urban Transport

Branded buses as part of Peru’s national campaign on public transportation safety contain the slogan, “In this bus, no one will cover your crime”, aimed at discouraging aggressors of sexual harassment, a punishable crime
Partner Ministries
Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment (MINAM); Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF); Ministry of Housing, Construction and sanitation (MVCS); Ministry of Mines and Energy (MINEM)
Implementation Organisations
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, KfW Entwicklungsbank
Project Partners
Metropolitan Municipality of Lima (MML); Municipality of Callao (Callao); Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM); Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation (MVCS); Fundación Transitemos; Ministry of Economy and Finance; Peruvian Development Finance Corporation (COFIDE); Development Bank of Latin America (CAF); Inter-American Development Bank (IADB); British Embassy in Lima; LEDSGP/EMBARQ (WRI); University College London (UCL)
Funding Volume Provided
EUR 9.3 million
Project Duration
Implementation Finalised
2nd Call

Background: The Government of Peru developed the Sustainable Urban Transport (SUT) project to halt the trend towards urban sprawl dominated by cars and afflicted by serious traffic jams [1], poor road safety and low air quality. The project rests on two building blocks: high quality public transport provision and vehicle fleet optimisation. Progress in these areas requires several changes: 1) a better policy framework (e.g., fuel economy standards); 2) additional infrastructure (e.g., metro lines, cycle lanes); and 3) a strong institutional set-up (e.g. dedicated transport authority for Lima/Callao). 

A policy matrix will drive this vision through, integrating the partners’ common agenda in a structured way to allow rigorous transformation. It consists of six major approaches to emission reduction: 1) integrated mass public transit system in the metropolitan area of Lima; 2) non-motorised transport; 3) Institutional set-up for urban transport management; 4) control and mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and local pollutants from motor vehicles; 5) modernisation of the public transport motor vehicle fleet; and 6) support to local authorities on sustainable urban transport.

Approach to Transformational Change: The project “Peru – Sustainable Urban Transport” (also known as TRANSPerú) is essential to successfully implementing mitigation action, as it creates a solid basis for follow-up measures by designing and driving through key structural change. It provides closely linked financial and technical support in three areas:

  • Coordination: steering committee coordination with donors as well as between institutions (GIZ / KfW to act as Technical Secretariat);
  • Mitigation: implementation of selected points in the policy matrix at national and sub-national level;
  • Measurement, reporting and verification (MRV): setting up the MRV system in collaboration with other relevant institutions. 

Mitigation potential: GHG emissions are to be reduced by at least 2.2 million tonnes CO2 between 2012 and 2022 to 4.3 million tonnes CO2 compared to business as usual.

Image: © GIZ / Miguel Zamalloa