Through rail sector and transport authority partnerships, substantial reduction in transport GHG emissions achieved through improved rail sector efficiency, decarbonization of rail sector energy consumption and modal shift to rail

High-Impact Area: Transportation

Problem Statement: Transport sector GHG emissions account for about 23% of total emissions, and are growing faster than any other sector. The decoupling of carbon emissions from economic growth is vital, so that the impact of climate change can be mitigated whilst achieving further development. 

Objective: Reduction in transport GHG emissions through;

Improved access to sustainable passenger and freight transport will benefit both the travelling public and businesses, providing local, regional, national and international transport solutions as an engine for growth. 

Going Forward: The rail sector has a key role to play in the solution to climate change. The sector is ready to take action, however its full potential can only be realized by working in partnership with National Governments, the private sector, development banks and NGOS working on sustainable transport. IUC will be consulting on this proposal, to build momentum with our member rail companies and also to secure buy-in from transport authorities.


UN focal point for Summit

International Union of Railways (UIC), Nick Craven

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