At the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, it was agreed that mobilizing stronger and more ambitious climate action by all Parties and non-Party stakeholders is urgently required if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to be achieved.
In decision 1/CP.21, the commitments from all actors are recognized, including those launched through the Lima–Paris Action Agenda, as well as the urgent need to scale up the global response to climate change and support greater ambition from governments.
At COP 22 in Marrakech, a High-Level Event on Accelerating Climate Action was held to highlight outcomes from the Action Events throughout the conference and culminated with the launching of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action; a new framework to catalyse and support climate action.
Transport accounted for 14% of global GHG emissions and 23% of energy-related emissions in 2010. It heavily depends on fossil fuels (96%) and accounts for 60% of global oil use. Improving access for urban and rural populations are targets in the 2015 SDGs and is crucial to societal development. With the growing demand for mobility, emissions could double by 2050. A BAU scenario is far from compatible with the 2015 Paris Agreement, that aims to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above preindustrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above preindustrial levels. At the same time, countries are affected by extreme weather events that raise the importance of adaptation efforts to make transport more resilient towards climate change. Early action is indispensable in order to avoid “locking in” unsustainable transport patterns. It is key to strengthen the role of transport in NDCs for both, mitigation and adaptation. The transformation towards sustainable transport and its decarbonisation requires balanced action from all areas – domestic and local transport as well as maritime transport and aviation – and needs to be guided by a comprehensive Global Roadmap that links policy, investment, and behaviour as well as technology. The sector’s transformation will be greatly aided by implementing a series of Quick-Wins to kick-start progress toward a longer-term shift.
Press Release: Shifting Gear Towards Low Carbon Transport
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