Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment of the Netherlands Publish “Around the World in Eighty Days of Climate Actions in Transport” Report
“What’s important now is to make these actions [INDC transport actions] visible and connect them to the ambitions of the transport-organisations. We are aiming to achieve critical mass, so that we can accelerate progress towards results. With this publication we hope to boost that acceleration.”
–Sharon Dijksma Minister for the Environment, the Netherlands
Under the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC), the ministry has compiled low-carbon transport initiatives from around the world with a view of spotlighting them. A small task force travelled virtually around the world in 80 days, listing all kinds of climate actions, ideas and initiatives.
The publication presents interesting examples from the wide range of actions with various transport initiatives, and have published brief descriptions on the PPMC website. They have totaled some one hundred by the end of the climate summit in Paris.
In the publication, we travel criss-cross around the world. At each location examples of each mode of transport is presented. The six modes of transport have been supplemented with the themes of fuels and infrastructure, as these too allow great gains to be made with a view to a climate-friendly transport sector.
Dutch transport’s reputation and its climate-friendly initiatives have prompted the UN and France to request the Netherlands to give support to the Lima Paris Action Agenda for Transport, in the run-up to the Paris climate summit. With a campaign,eventsand support to the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate as a result. A campaign aimed at collecting – in eighty days before the COP 21 – a wide array of good examples of improving sustainability and reducing emission levels in transport, across the globe. Examples that show that it can be done and that it works!
Fifteen initiatives by globally organized transport sectors constitute the basis for this campaign. With their collective initiatives, these industry organizations, trade unions, and other interest groups will manage to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of their joint transport movements by half, between now and 2025.
For this to succeed, the initiatives require the firm support of governments, NGOs, the business community and the public. For this reason, this publication is holding an appeal; a call on governments and stakeholders to remove obstacles, create favorable conditions and to show the public that the transport sector means business on climate action.