Global Decarbonising of the Transport Sector

International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD launched a major global initiative, the Wuppertal Institute one of more than 40 partners

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  • News 20.05.2016

The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD launched a major global initiative towards carbon-free transport. The Annual Summit of transport ministers takes place 18-20 May in Leipzig, Germany.

"The COP 21 Paris Agreement created a political pathway for global CO2 mitigation efforts. The key is to close the gaps between commitments and delivery. It is now up to the transport sector to demonstrate how carbon-free mobility can be achieved", said Secretary-General José Viegas. Transport activity currently contributes 23% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, with the share expected to rise. The challenge of the ITF project is to reduce transport CO2 without sacrificing the access and opportunities offered by transport, keeping our societies together and making our economies turn.

The Decarbonising Transport project, with more than 40 partners including the Wuppertal Institute, aims to:

  • Provide a common assessment tool based on a comprehensive modelling framework supported by dialogue with key stakeholders. This is essential for "clarity, transparency and understanding" of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions as required in the Paris Agreement for carbon emissions. This approach will enable the ITF and its partners to evaluate the impacts of different sets of measures on carbon reduction.
  • Enable countries and other stakeholders to translate roadmaps into actions that deliver results grounded in quantitative data.
  • Support actions to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals along with the decarbonisation of the transport sector.

Find more information in the ITF press release.

47 partner launch the ITF-Decarbonising Transport Project, among them Oliver Lah from the Wuppertal Institute. Photo: ITF