Main Issue

Cars, trucks, buses, trains, ships and airplanes — the world relies on transportation to fuel its economic growth and development. 

Until recently, the growth of global transport has gone hand-in-hand with increases in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fossil fuels. More sustainable options for transport are emerging that can preserve economic growth with less harm to the environment and human health. This is particularly crucial for urban systems given that seven out of every ten people on the planet will live in urban areas by mid-century. Read more+


What We Do

The GEF has been a long-time supporter of energy-efficient, low-carbon transport, with projects underway in 90 cities around the world. These projects make a positive contribution to people’s everyday lives by reducing local air pollution and traffic congestion. In 2015, the GEF launched a  Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot Program. With support from the World Bank and many additional partners, the program will engage 23 cities in 11 developing countries. Read more+


GEF began supporting urban programs with two grants in 1999: one helped Sao Paulo improve its transport infrastructure, and the other helped Beijing improve its sewage treatment and district heating.

Since then, GEF has invested in 100 projects in 110 cities across 60 countries, with US$740 million in grant and an additional US$8.73 billion leveraged in co-financing from the private sector and other sources. Some successful examples include the Tianjin Eco-City project, the Asian Sustainable Transport and Urban Development Program, the Introduction of Climate Friendly Measures in Transport in Mexico City. Read more+