Low-carbon transport systems in the City of La Havana

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From March 11, 2019 to March 11, 2023

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 11.2 Provide safe, affordable, accessible, sustainable transport systems
  2. 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement

Project ID: 5653

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Energy efficiency
  • Miscellaneous energy program


  • Transport
  • E-mobility
  • Sustainable cities


  • Human altered areas


  • Urban areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Oil, gas and fuels

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Innovative approaches


  • Law regulation
  • Monitor inventory
  • Capacity building


  • Institutional framework
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Knowledge/Data management
  • Demonstration sites/Pilot
  • Technical capacity building
  • Institutional capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Women
  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Women decision making

Gender result effectiveness scale



  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 11.2 Provide safe, affordable, accessible, sustainable transport systems
  • 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration

Project description

The objective of this project is to promote the implementation of a low-carbon urban transport system in the City of La Havana and deliver multiple benefits -at the local and global levels- through the integration of urban transport with land use and urban mobility. It has been organized into four substantive outcomes:1.1 An updated regulatory and operational framework for sustainable public transport, fostering sustainable mobility and a more resilient urban environment.2.1 Enhanced public transport system featuring a Public Bicycle System (PBS) and Transit Oriented Development (TOD).2.2 Innovative pilot interventions on low-carbon investments in urban transport validated.3.1 Programmatic monitoring of project indicators together with a review of on-going activities to ensure successful project implementation.To achieve the stated objective, the project will place the City of La Havana on a pathway towards a sustainable and climate change resilient city by addressing perennial urban transport challenges. The project will implement a framework that responds to this issue in a systematic and integrated manner, engaging a diverse group of stakeholders including the national authorities (MINCEX and MITRANS), primarily interested in achieving the project's overarching development objective by accomplishing the necessary institutional and regulatory reforms and public transport quality improvements, the provincial stakeholders (DGTPH and DPPF), interested in creating the basis for an alternative urban transport system for the city, associated with the design of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system as well as reporting the environmental benefits to the GEF; technological and academic stakeholders (CUBAENERGIA, CIMAB, CUJAE, FLACSO and Project Enterprises), supporting the methodologies for MRV urban transport and integrating urban planning and design; City Transport Operators engaged in the quality of public transport provision; and CSO stakeholders (FMC, FEU and UNAICC) committed to gender mainstreaming, aging population challenges and the cultural change needed for sustainable urban mobility (TOD measures) and Non-Motorized Transport (PBS), thus providing a critical step forward to improve the city's sustainability.It is expected that the project will provide global environmental benefits in terms of direct emission savings of at least 69,242 tCO2eq in 4 years as well as consequential savings of at least 326,536 tCO2eq in the 10 years after the project completion. Total lifetime direct and consequential GHG emissions avoided: 395,778 tCO2eq.

USD $2,009,132

Grant amount

USD $15,400,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,009,132)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Cuba

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