Transport NAMA on BRT

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Sector Transport
Focus area
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Type of action Strategy/Policy
Scope National
Stage Implementation
Submitted to UNFCCC registry No
Start of initiative 2011
Financing and support details
Financing status Seeking financing
Total cost
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Financing requested
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Financing received to-date EUR 20 mln
Principal source of financing Multilateral
Principal type of financing Grant
Capacity building required Yes
Technology transfer required Yes
Additional information
Proponent(s) Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MOTI) / NaMATA (Nairobi Metropolitain Area Transport Authority) Kenya Urban Road Authority
International funder(s) KfW
Organization providing technical support GIZ
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The objective of the transport NAMA is to reduce vehicle emissions, through Kenya's first Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT).

Activities: (2017 - 2021)
Nairobi’s current transportation system relies on individual transport and shared taxis (matatus). Transport related CO2 emissions have doubled over the last ten years from 2.3 Mt in 2003 to 4.6 Mt in 2013. Congestion and travel times are increasing and so is noise and air pollution. This affects personal mobility and consequently economic and social development along with worsening health issues and challenges to meet Kenya’s GHG reduction targets.

The NAMA is designed to provide modal alternatives and aims to shift significant shares of individual travel to commuter rail and a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. The planned NAMA Support Project finances critical components of the first bus line for initiating a transformational change towards a sustainable urban mobility system. The NSP will also provide partial financing for rolling stock to allow poverty oriented tariff schemes within a private business model.

This NAMA has been pre-selected by the NAMA Facility to receive funding in a third call for projects. Initially for a BRT only, the proposal is for a MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) System.

It is expected for the NSP to reduce up to 0.04 M tons of CO2e annually (0.36 M tons of CO2e till 2030. To help creating political support and public acceptance the project aims to ensure support and participation of key stakeholders for the BRT business concept, which includes private matatu and taxi businesses as potential investors as well as employees.

Impact and MRV


Cumulative GHG reductions: 0.36 MtCO2e
Mitigative capacity:

No information has been provided on mitigative capacity


Social: * reduced congestion time and reducing noise pollution
  • less stress
  • time savings
  • fewer accidents
Economic: Information has not been provided
Environmental: * reducing emissions

MRV Framework:
No MRV plan has been defined