SLOCAT Key Transformations for Sustainable,
Low Carbon Land Transport

In order to reach the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement and provide equitable access to transport and mobility for all, the urgent transformation of transport is necessary. This SLOCAT messaging framework articulates the 11 key transformations necessary to enable sustainable, low carbon land transport; especially considering the availability of solutions and the urgency with which action must be taken. Under each of the 11 key transformations, connections with ongoing wider socio-economic transformations towards a sustainable, low carbon future are outlined. 

These 11 key transformations focus on land transport with a geographic footprint targeted at the Global South, in alignment with SLOCAT’s mission and focus. Yet these transformations are also relevant to other geographies and the focus on land transport does not imply that the world can afford to disregard the impact of maritime transport and aviation towards sustainable, low carbon development goals. SLOCAT champions frameworks that primarily aim to avoid unnecessary transport, while at the same time shift to low carbon modes and improve vehicle design, fuel efficiency, and energy sources. 

Over the coming months, the SLOCAT Secretariat, in collaboration with SLOCAT Partners; will be curating a hub of resources harvested from ongoing initiatives by SLOCAT Partners, as well as a compilation of catalytic implementation measures. With these additional resources, we aim to disseminate existing knowledge tools and initiatives, as well as illustrate the implementation of each of the 11 key transformations.

Developed in co-leadership by the SLOCAT Secretariat, the FIA Foundation, ITDP, MobiliseYourCity and WRI; in the framework of the SLOCAT Task Force for UNFCCC Engagement, and with the financial support of FIA Foundation.
Following extensive open consultation across the SLOCAT Partnership on the drafts elaborated by external consultant Stefanie Sohm, this messaging framework was adopted in October 2021.

Key benefits of sustainable, low carbon transport: Why we need it

Sustainable, low carbon transport is a powerful driver for positive, systemic transformation of our societies.

The SLOCAT Wheel on Transport and the SDGs aims to articulate the breadth of positive interactions between sustainable, low carbon transport and mobility and the 2030 Agenda. We have identified four cross-cutting themes — Equitable, Healthy, Green and Resilient — to present these interactions. 

Under each theme, fundamental notions related to socio-economic and environmental systems on which sustainable, low carbon transport can affect positive change are highlighted.

The key transformations for sustainable, low carbon land transport: What needs to change

Overarching approaches to apply across transport modes and sub-sectors overtime
  • Put people first, not vehicles and technology
  • Co-create and communicate a compelling vision and targets
  • Guide short- and medium-term action with clear, coherent political messages
  • Combine push and pull measures: Regulate and incentivise
  • Link policies within and beyond transport for synergies
  • Prioritise resources by social and sustainable value for money
  • Engage, empower and coordinate stakeholders across government levels and sectors
  • Build capacity and improve data
  • Implement pilots to learn and share, then roll out at scale