Engagement at COP22
Against the colorful and historic background of Marrakech, Morocco, COP22 aimed to be the ‘COP of action.’On one hand, expectations for COP22 Marrakech were relatively low, after the groundbreaking global agreement emerging from COP21 Paris. On the other hand, the need to translate the political consensus of COP21 into tangible steps toward implementation of the Paris Agreement has never been more urgent. With the rate of global temperature increase exceeding most climate models, with political shockwaves from the United States threatening to disrupt progress in pre-2020 action on climate change, and with a pressing need for agreement on the rulebook for the Paris Agreement, COP22 had a high bar to clear for producing actionable outcomes.
We feel that the transport sector is responding to this call to action, and as a result of efforts over the past years, there was an unprecedented presence of transport at COP22. We were able to build bridges to other sectors in Marrakech, which is key to decarbonizing the transport sector. We feel empowered by the positive reception of our proposals for pre-2020 action alongside longer-term action, as well as the broad support for our call for inclusion of adaptation on more equal terms with mitigation.