City Almaty Sustainable Transport


 Velo-competitions for children in Almaty

Kazakhstan is the largest GHG emitter in Central Asia with annual emissions of 243 MtCO2e. The transport sector is its fastest growing source of CO2 emissions projected to increase from 9 MtCO2/yr in 2008 up to 22 MtCO2/yr in 2012 and 36 MtCO2/yr in 2020.  A significant share of transport emissions is associated with ground transportation in the former capital city of Almaty, the largest and most densely populated city in the country with a population of 1.6 million. The objective of the project is to reduce the growth of the transport-related greenhouse gas emissions in the City of Almaty, while simultaneously improving urban environmental conditions by 1) improving the management of public transportation and air quality in Almaty; 2) building capacity in Almaty to holistically plan and implement improvements in the efficiency and quality of public transport; 3) building capacity to holistically plan and implement integrated traffic management measures in Almaty City; and 4) implementing a demonstration project that raises awareness and increases knowledge of sustainable transport.

Expected Results

  • Improved regulations and practices developed for public transport in the city of Almaty;
  • Improved management of public transport and air quality in Almaty City;
  • Improved efficiency and quality of public transport services;
  • Integrated traffic management;
  • Demonstration projects on sustainable transport;
  • The Government, industries and civil society take steps to adapt to climate change and mitigate its impact through energy efficiency measures and climate change adaptation policies


 Donor name  Amount contributed
 Almaty City Administration  $ 30,050,000
 UNDP  $ 50,000
 EBRD  $ 45,726,000
 EFC  $ 700,000
 GEF  $ 4,886,000


Dec 2012  $ 653 517
Apr 2013  $ 228 443

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