Areas for transport action in decarbonisation

SLoCaT’s COP21 We Are Transport campaign doesn’t keep us below 1.5 C but it heads in that direction more than any other international transport effort.  It calls for:

  • Decarbonisation – Low carbon transport means halving our emissions from transport before 2050
  • Adaptation – 80% of the world’s population lives on coastal plains or near rivers, adapting our transport networks to a new climate is a big issue
  • Urgency and Timeliness – Now is the time for taking action on transport
  • Dynamism and innovation – Transport is one of the most innovative and dynamic sectors in developing climate solutions
  • Connectivity and Accessibility – Sustainable and low carbon transport provides access to all without regard to social status, colour or creed
  • Finance – There are financing solutions for shifting to low carbon transport pathways.

In December the group made major announcements and commitments notably geared towards:

  1. The reduction of emissions from freight transport and long distance mobility
  2. The improvement of urban mobility while reducing emissions and congestion
  3. An accelerated deployment of very low and ultra-low emission vehicles.

The campaign brings together all transport modes and sub-sectors under the common purpose of combating climate change. This final report assesses the discussions at COP21 and its outcomes through the lens of these six key messages.  The group also comments on a number of topics to watch and which in the view of SLoCaT, can influence the next steps in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. These include:

  • The role of non-Party stakeholders
  • Short-lived climate pollutants
  • Electric mobility
  • Carbon pricing.