To support the transition to climate-smart mobility, the World Bank, the government of the Netherlands, and WRI have jointly developed a new series of publications and events that aim to deliver actionable recommendations, with a focus on overcoming investment barriers and developing innovative financial instruments to decarbonize transport. The Transport Decarbonization Investment series will include a total of six papers to be launched in the leadup to the COP26 Climate Conference.

Targeted and more efficient interventions are required to answer the call for decarbonizing transport and enhancing the international community’s understanding of how specific investments and innovative finance solutions can create the conditions for market uptake of climate smart solutions across transport sectors.

With the percentage of the world’s urban population expected to rise from 50% to 70% by 2050, cities are increasingly at the frontier for climate action. This creates both challenges and opportunities for decoupling urban transport demand growth and greenhouse gas emissions. In line with the series’ objectives, this event launches the third discussion paper in the Transport Decarbonization Investment (TDI) Series, which examines the importance of investing in public transport infrastructure and services and the role of land use policies and traffic demand management systems in providing the right environment for investment in decarbonizing transport within developing cities. The event is open to policymakers, urban planners, transport and energy experts, researchers, and the wider public and private sector stakeholders interested in the accelerated decarbonization of cities through a holistic approach to transport planning and land use policy.


  • Binyam Reja, Global Practice Manager and Acting Global Director, Transport Global Practice, World Bank Group
  • Arturo Ardila-Gomez, Global Lead for Urban Mobility and Lead Transport Economist, Transport Global Practice, World Bank Group
  • Nyaga Kebuchi, Director, Sustainable Transport Africa
  • Wei-Shiuen Ng, Advisor, Sustainable Transport and Global Outreach, International Transport Forum
  • Lise Breuil, Head of the Mobility and Transport Division, The Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • Heather Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)