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Bus Rapid Transit in Lanzhou

​​CUSTOMER: Asian Development Bank​​

PROJECT GOAL: Validation of a CDM project. RINA SERVICES reviews the project documents and their conformity with UNFCCC criteria and/or requirements.

The end result of this process is a validation report that identifies any follow-up actions required to resolve outstanding issues, the nature of the responses provided by the organisation, the methods used to validate those responses, specific references to any amendments made to the project documents or the supporting annexes and expresses an opinion as to whether or not the project can help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 


DESCRIPTION: The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT System) is a rapid, convenient and economical urban transit system. By setting up separate BRT System lanes it can deliver a better quality public transit service than ordinary bus transport in terms of number of passengers per hour, passenger comfort, quality of stations, speed of operations and other important parameters. The BRT System project aims to meet the growing demand for public transport in the city of Lanzhou and more specifically in the district of Anning, China. 

The project estimates a reduction in GHG emissions by:
  • improving fuel efficiency, attributable to the higher number of passengers transportable thanks to the new, wide buses used in the BRT System
  • commutating the modes of passenger transit from taxies, private cars and motorbikes with higher GHG emissions to the BRT System, which is attractive in terms of lower transport times, improved security, comfort and convenience
  • the flexible operation of the system, integrating the existing conventional bus fleet and improving the overall efficiency of public transport
  • centralised management of the BRT System fleet.
The project reduces GHG emissions by preventing the release of CO2 with the adoption of the BRT System instead of the public transit service using conventional buses. The total GHG reduction is estimated as 88,345 t CO2 during the first seven-year credit period. The project was registered by UNFCCC on 23/07/2012.

The project was validated by a RINA SERVICES team formed of people with specific know-how in the validation of CDM projects and as regards mobility and transport.