Low-carbon transport was a key focus of discussions at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and gained momentum in the policy dialogue at COP22. New initiatives, action plans, declarations, and new partnerships have been developed. This momentum will potentially trigger transformative changes in transport and climate change policies in the long term.
The transport sector is the second largest contributor to global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the fastest growing sector. Transport CO2 emissions can increase by 60% by 2050, due to increases in freight and passenger transport demand. Transport remains a critical sector for achieving a below 1.5°C trajectory and due to its complex and dynamic nature, it may be more challenging to mitigate than other sectors. The adoption of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement in 2015 has been signed by 175 governments and 163 Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) have been submitted to date. However, only 76% of the INDCs mentioned transport and most of them do not contain any clear pathway for mitigation or any type of transport emission target. A wide range of policies need to be implemented in order to translate governments’ commitments to concrete action plans by 2020.
This Roundtable provides an opportunity for transport ministers to discuss with leaders in the private sector and international organisations the following specific topics that reflect the key transport outcomes from COP22.
Chairman and CEO, Brisa – Auto-estradas de Portugal, SA.
Minister of Transportation, Argentina
Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Minister of Transport, Russia
Secretary-General, International Transport Forum
Moderator, Journalist and former President of the European Parliament