The International Transport Forum (ITF) has officially launched a major global initiative towards carbon-free transport at the OECD. Transport activity currently contributes 23% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, with the share expected to rise.
“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. That is why we are launching today the Decarbonising Transport project”, said Secretary-General José Viegasat the project inauguration event during the Annual Summit of transport ministers in Leipzig, Germany.
The Decarbonising Transport project 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.
The Decarbonising Transport project is supported by a wide range of stakeholders, including private sector companies, multilateral development banks, intergovernmental organisations, sector associations, NGOs and research institutions. It is anchored in the ITF’s Corporate Partnership Board, the organisation’s platform for discussions with the private sector.
“The inclusive nature of this project is a central feature and key factor for success of this project,” said Viegas. “It makes me proud that in only four months more than 40 partners and supporting organisations are committing to bringing knowledge, data, networks and financial contributions to the Decarbonising Transport project.
I welcome other organisations, companies and institutions to join.”
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) applauded the Decarbonising Transport initiative: “Governments must have the tools to understand whether or not policy is working as intended, and robust, responsive tools give policymakers a better sense of what can be accomplished. I welcome the launch of the Decarbonising Transport project. This common assessment tool should unite the transport sector worldwide in the push towards climate neutrality.”