Major transport climate action initiatives and a collective call to action on electro-mobility presented at Paris Climate Conference

Transport representatives today presented several initiatives at COP21 in Paris that will reduce emissions and build more sustainable transport systems.

With energy-related CO2 emissions set to jump from one quarter of total energy-related emissions today to one-third by 2050, many are looking at significant changes they can make in transport to help join the global effort to keep the global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.

The effort comes as demand for public and freight transport is projected to grow rapidly, especially in emerging and developing world.

Projections reveal a 50% reduction of transport CO2 emissions compared to a “transport-as-usual” scenario can be achieved by 2050, without hampering sustainable economic growth.

Major initiatives, include:

  • 65 countries committed to improve vehicles efficiency through the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI)
  • The Paris Declaration on Electro-Mobility and Climate Change & Call to Action launched today endorsed by Tesla Motors, Michelin Nissan-Renault, UNEP, the IEA and multiple key initiatives, builds on commitments from companies, cities, States and associations, including hundreds of partners that have undertaken decisive efforts towards sustainable transport electrification
  • Launched today, MobiliseYourCity aims at supporting 100 cities and 20 developing and emerging countries by 2020 to develop and implement Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans and National Urban Transport Policies. Each city engaged in the initiative is committed to achieve a 50-75% reduction in urban transport-related emissions by 2050 compared to business as usual scenarios.
  • 13 new countries have committed to establish a green freight program or initiative through the Global Green Freight Action Plan, under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), doubling the response since the New York Climate Summit in 2014.
  • To stabilize emissions from the aviation industry by 2020, 74 action plans to advance implementation of mitigation measures by States have been received by the International Civil Aviation Organization, accounting for 80.6% of global CO2 emissions from international aviation.

To find out more about all the initiatives presented at the Focus on Transport event, please refer to: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/media/509508/lpaa-primer.pdf