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Feasibility Study for Sustainable Land Transport for Nauru

Nauru’s reliance on road transport has increased throughout the country’s economic development. The island state mainly relies on imported fossil fuel to meet its energy needs. At the same time, transport sector is expected to account for an increasingly larger share of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Nauru with the rapid rise in vehicle ownership in Nauru. With the most vehicles second hand and imported from USA, Europe, Japan and China, only compounding the issue of energy efficiency of the road transport sector.

The Government of the Republic of Nauru understands that the high level of dependence on imported fossil fuel poses a number of challenges in their transition to a sustainable development pathway. However, there is currently a lack of a target for the transport sector due to lack of baseline data. Therefore, there is a need for targeted collection of data on fuel economy in the road transport sector to inform the baseline and background analysis which will help the decision makers to establish a target to guide efforts towards efficient and cleaner transport in Nauru.

The objective of this Technical Assistance is hence 1) to provide a background analysis on the road transport sector in Nauru 2) to provide Nauru a policy action plan for low-emissions mobility in Nauru, and 3) to build capacity of key stakeholders on low-emissions mobility.

To reduce heavy dependence on fossil fuel imports within the transport sector and to shift to cleaner and more efficient transport, this Technical Assistance (TA) will implement the following activities:

  1. Development of baseline analysis on Nauru’s transport sector that includes:
  • Review of literature and existing transport related studies
  • Vehicle fleet characterization and fuel economy analysis
  • Identification and analysis of sustainable transport policies and technology analysis
  • Demographic and socio-cultural analysis relevant for transport considering gender specific needs
  1. Development of roadmap for technology solutions for sustainable transport
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Development of roadmap including timeframe and potential funding opportunities
  • Awareness-raising strategy
  1. Capacity building
  • Face-to-face training and/or webinars
  • Target groups will include government officials, women, unemployed youth and persons with disability

    This TA will be implemented in close consultation with Nauru’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment and with advice of other key stakeholders in Nauru’s transport sector.

    The Technical Assistance is expected to be completed in about 6 months.

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