Transport & Mobility

The transport sector plays an essential role in the world's society and economy. It has an immense impact on employment and growth. The transport sector affects all services in a country, impacts human lives and is a cornerstone for development.  However, it also comes with a tremendous toll on the environment. Transport accounts for about 64% of global oil consumption, 27% of all energy use, and 23% of the world's energy-related CO2 emissions.

Transport markets and related transport infrastructure networks are key drivers in the promotion of sustainable development, particularly by providing better access to employment and social services, and therefore improving accessibility and opportunities of the less developed regions or disadvantaged social groups. Sustainable transport is a critical element to foster inclusive growth, combat climate change and expand access to essential services. An efficient transport sector optimizes the transportation of goods and passengers, reducing the consumption of energy, land and resources. Likewise, a sustainable transport sector strives for safe and inclusive transport systems that reduce accidents and avoid congestion.

Transport & Mobility facts

  • The transport industry directly employs around 10 million people and accounts for about 5% of gross domestic product (GDP).
  • On average, 13.2% of every household's budget is spent on transport goods and services.
  • Transport accounts for a quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Environmental concerns are driving changes: As awareness of the impact of transportation on the environment grows, governments and individuals are increasingly prioritizing sustainable mobility solutions. This has led to policies and incentives to encourage EV adoption and reduce emissions from transportation.


Transport Sub-Sectors






NTU's involvement in the transport sector

NTU is committed to promoting sustainable and resilient transport infrastructure, in line with the latest technologies and cutting-edge organisational innovations. Our extensive experience covers projects related to road, rail, maritime and aviation transport, as well as logistics, intermodality and urban transportation. Throughout our career, we have worked with a diverse range of actors, including governments, developing agencies, private companies, public institutions, academia and civil society organisations. Our expertise ranges from the strategic definition of projects to the handover, use and maintenance.

NTU's services comprise projects in all the sub-sectors, particularly activities such as sectoral and macroeconomic studies, policy analysis, development and dissemination, monitoring and evaluation of outcomes, social impact studies, strategic and investment feasibility studies, project management and contract administration.  

NTU has extensive expertise in the key cross-cutting activities of knowledge management and capacity development. We focus on providing formal and hands-on workshops and training, including awareness-raising campaigns and research and dissemination of strategies, best practices and lessons learnt. 

Transport infrastructures are capital-intensive fixed assets that require financial arrangements, Private-Public Partnerships, and investment programmes.  NTU provides these services, along with technical assistance during all the stages of construction and rehabilitation. Our work is always performed in close cooperation and coordination with key project stakeholders. We strive to deliver sustained and sustainable projects.

NTU, through its projects in Transport, contributes to achieving the following SDGs: