Sustainable Transport and Air Quality (STAQ)

One of CAI’s flagship efforts is the Sustainable Transport and Air Quality (STAQ) Program. Funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) through the World Bank and executed by CAI in coordination with national and local institutions from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.  The STAQ Program is focused on: (i) reducing the growth of GHG emissions generated by urban transport in Latin America by promoting more energy efficient and cleaner transport modes; and (ii) inducing policy changes in favor of sustainable transport projects.

The STAQ Program is implemented through three country-level projects, one each in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, as well as through a Regional Project at the Latin American and Caribbean level.

The Global Environmental Facility approved a grant to implement the Regional Program on Sustainable Transport and Air Quality for Latin America (the STAQ Program) which runs from 2009 to 2013. The high level objective of the STAQ Program is to reduce the growth of GHG emissions generated by urban transport in Latin America by promoting more energy-efficient and cleaner transport modes. To achieve these objectives, the STAQ Program has been structured in four specific projects: a) the Regional Project at Latin American Level and b) three projects at country level (Argentina, Brazil and Mexico respectively) encompassing implementation of specific measures. The Clean Air Institute has been designated by the World Bank to implement the Regional Project.

Windows and Program Components STAQ

The country projects themselves consist of a number of sub-activities in 11 cities: Monterrey, Ciudad Juarez, Leon and Puebla in Mexico; Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Curitiba in Brazil; and Córdoba, Rosario, Posadas and Tucuman in Argentina. The activities that cities are undertaking have been classified into 5 "windows" or opportunities for sustainable interventions: (1) freight transport, (2) land-use and transport management and integration, (3) strengthening public transport to reinforce and maintain its mode share, (4) non-motorized transport development and promotion, and (5) transport demand management.