Wanted: Forerunners of Ecodesign


You are a company, start-up, design agency or a student group working on sustainable products? Then you should know about the German Federal Ecodesign Prize!

The prize is awarded every year by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) to products, concepts and services which are both ecological and user-friendly. The focus of the prize on the entire life cycle of a product – from the idea to production, to the question of how the product can be recycled or disposed of.

The Federal Prize Ecodesign is now awarded for the 6th time in the categories “product” “concept”, “service” and “young talent”. The application period runs until 16th of April 2017. The award winners and nominees will be honored at the award ceremony in the Federal Ministry of the Environment on 27 November 2017 and presented in a traveling exhibition at exhibitions and museums in the following year.

For further information, please visit www.bundespreis-ecodesign.de.

UNDP-GEF “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport” (CAST) Project announces a competitive bidding among companies


The UNDP project “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport” Project (CAST) with support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is aimed to reduce the growth of the transport-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the City of Almaty, while simultaneously improving urban environmental conditions by 1a) improving the management of public transportation; 1b) improving management of 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.

CAST project will explore the pathways for reforms of the urban transport sector in Kazakhstan and provide an overview on key policy measures at the local and national level to offer more sustainable transport policy for cities of Kazakhstan.

Terms of reference and requirements can be found in here, as well as the procurement notice. The Information is also availabe on the ungm.

The proposal should be sent to the following address:

United Nations Development Programme

14, Bokeikhan Street, Astana, 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan

Nurgul Murzagaliyeva, UNDP Procurement Associate not later than January 23, 2016 (5 pm Astana time).

In case of questions on the specification and/or submission of documents, please contact in writing to the following email address: nessibeli.abdirova@undp.org

Strategic Partnership explores perspectives for German and European ICT companies in Africa


Logo PRANew technologies and innovative solutions will determine the future of our neighbouring continent Africa to a great extent. For German and European digital companies, the advancing digitisation holds enormous potential and new business opportunities. This also applies to products and services in the field of sustainable mobility.
The Digital Africa Strategic Partnership is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and has the goal of developing the digital potentials of Africa and of providing lasting impulses for development together with the private sector. The partnership includes a network of German and European companies that offer products and services in the field of information and communication technologies in Africa. The entire sector is addressed from the innovative start-up to the established large company. The partnership focuses on selected countries such as Ethiopia, Cameroon, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda, which offer a good framework for successful implementation. Nevertheless project proposals for activities in other countries are generally possible.

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Call for Papers: International Cycling Conference 2017

TUMI Friends friend ICC 2017German Environment Agency (UBA) together with GIZ and other partners cordially invite you to participate in the International Cycling Conference 2017 (ICC) from 19th to 21st of September 2017 in Mannheim (Germany). The call for papers is available here.

The ICC is an interdisciplinary meeting which will bring together researchers and practitioners from all over the world to discuss cycling in the modern world under the perspective of “Managing Changes”.Read more

Consulting in Sustainable Mobility – Made in Germany: New Edition

Catalogue-picWe’ve edited our Booklet “Consulting in Sustainable Mobility – Made in Germany”: With more than 50 TUMI Friends partners introducing themselves and their services, the Booklet will guide you through some of Germany’s potentials in sustainable transport. Find ideas, partners or expertise worth sharing towards the goal of more sustainable transport systems worldwide.

Serving as a guide for sustainable mobility and green logistics solutions from Germany, the TUMI Friends supports the transformation towards sustainability in developing and emerging countries.

Find the Booklet here.

Workshop of the Strategic Partnership Digital Africa – meeting of the expert group

Logo PRAOn the 7th November 2016 a meeting of the expert group “Logistics” of the Strategic Partnership Digital Africa (StraPa) will take place in Berlin. During the workshop, current developments and activities in the area of (E)logistics of the GIZ will be presented on behalf of the BMZ and possible joint activities will be concretized and first possible steps of the working process will be discussed.Read more

Car receives the Bavarian Electro Mobility Award 2016

Bild aCarThe TUMI Friends aCar mobility project of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) received this year’s price for electromobility awareded by the Bavarian state government. The aCar concept seeks to provide sustainable electromobility to rural and disconnected areas in in developing countries, focusing particularly on Subsaharan Africa.Read more

Workshop on full electric Public Transport in San Sebastian, Spain

ElektrobusWithin the first quarter of 2017, VCDB VerkehrsConsult Dresden-Berlin GmbH will implement a workshop “From practice – to practice, solutions for a full electric Public Transport“ in San Sebastian, Spain.
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Ensuring sustainable mobility development: TUMI Friends’ friends at HABITAT III

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Vicente Torres of PTV emphasised that transport planning has changed tremendously in the last years. He explained that the planning approach has shifted from capacity oriented provision of road infrastructure to providing an energy efficient and affordable access to mobility. This promising approach however, did not reach overall implementation so far.

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“We are drunk on tech-solutions!“ Expert forum “Connected, mobile and sustainable – the digital city” October 06, 2016 at the Berlin GIZ Representation

IMGP6329On October 06, 2016 numerous experts of the mobility and transport sector discussed how the future of innovative urban mobility could look like and what main constraints are hindering the implementation of their visions. Panel experts included state secretary
Gunther Adler (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, BMUB), head of the directory Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ), city officials and start-up representatives from Uber, Ally or Moovel.

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