Transport-Related Climate Summit Documents for the Press

Joint Action Statement for the Transport Action Area

On September 23rd,  at the Secretary General’s Climate Summit, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP); The International Union of Railways (UIC); and The United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-Habitat), joined by a range of partners, responded to the invitation of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to deliver ambitious action to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions from land transport. Taken together these actions will result in persons and companies opting for low carbon transport options and scale up the introduction of proven low carbon transport technologies.

For more details, please see: Full-text of the Joint Action Statement for the Transport Action Area. 

Transportation Action Area Joint Press Release: Sustainable Rail, Air, Electric Vehicles and Urban Public Transport Mobilized at Climate Summit

Shift to low-carbon mobility could save up to US$70 trillion in fuel costs

New York, 23 September—Four global transport alliances launched or advanced initiatives that aim to significantly scale-up proven low carbon transport technologies. Announced at today’s Climate Summit, these initiatives would increase the number of electric vehicles on the road, increase the efficiency of rail transport and air travel, and provide sustainable public transportation options around the world.

Please see: Full text of the press release

Bridging the Gap – SLoCaT Partnership Joint Press Release: Climate Summit Puts Transport to 2 Degree Scenario

“Without transport contributing in a significant manner to the mitigation of climate change it will not be possible to shift to a global stabilization pathway that can keep warming below 2 Degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels” is one of the key messages of a joint report by the Bridging the Gap Initiative and the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), released on the eve of the Climate Summit organized by Secretary Ban Ki-moon to accelerate action on climate change.

Please see: Full text of the Press Release.

Media Contacts:


Media Packages for Transportation Action Area Commitments

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP): Declaration on Climate Leadership

Media Contact Persons: Andrew Canning, Press and Media Manager ( and Sylvie Cappaert-Blondelle, Communication Director (


The International Union of Railways (UIC): Low-Carbon Sustainable Rail Transport Challenge

Media Contact Persons: Nick Craven, Head of UIC Sustainable Development Unit ( and Marie Plaud, UIC Communications Department (

The Urban Electric Mobility Vehicles Initiative (UEMI)

Media Contact Person: Jeanette Elsworth, Head of Press and Media (, Andre Dzikus, Head, Urban Basic Services Branch ( 


Media Contact Person: Jane Hupe, Deputy Director, Environment, International Civil Aviation Organization (


Media Packages for Other Transport-Related Commitments

Action Area: Energy

Global Fuel Economy Initiative – Public-Private partnership to double vehicle efficiency

Media Contact Person:Sheila Watson, Director of Environment, FIA Foundation and Executive Secretary of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (

Action Area: Industry

Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants – A Global Green Freight Action Plan 

Media Contact Person: Sonja Henneman, Senior Policy Advisor, Environment Canada (



Transport and Climate Change Reports Published around the Climate Week

Land Transport’s Contribution to aa 2°C target

By Bridging the Gap Initiative and the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport

The Bridging the Gap Initiative (BtG) and the SLoCaT Partnership have developed, in preparation of the Climate Summit, a joint paper titled “Land Transport’s Contribution to a 2°C target”. The paper provides key messages for climate change negotiators and policy makers on the potential contribution of the land transport sector to global climate change mitigation strategies. The report summarises key facts on the mitigation potential in the land transport sector for both passenger and freight, institutional and global governance perspectives and financing requirements.

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A Global High Shift Scenario: Impacts and Potential For More Public Transport, Walking, And Cycling With Lower Car Use

By Michael A. Replogle (Institute for Transportation and Development Policy) and Lewis M. Fulton (University of California, Davis)

More than $100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending, and 1,700 megatons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2)—a 40 percent reduction of urban passenger transport emissions—could be eliminated by 2050 if the world expands public transportation, walking and cycling in cities, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). Read more


Joint Report on MDB Climate Finance, 2013

By AfDB, ADB, EBRD, EIB, IDB, and the WB Group

Averting dangerous climate change requires mobilizing financial resources from a wide range of sources, aneed described in the 2013 joint report on climate finance in developing countries by a group of leading multilateral development banks (MDBs).

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The New Climate Economy: Better Growth, Better Climate 

By Global Comission on the Economy and Climate

Tackling climate change can increase rather than inhibit prosperity, according to anew study co-authored by Lord Stern and the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. The report states that countries at all levels of income can build lasting economic growth while reducing the immense risks of climate change, and that the next 15 years will be critical, as the global economy undergoes a deep structural transformation. Read more


60 Solutions: Against Climate Change

By GoodPlanet Foundation

The GoodPlanet Foundation has compiled a set of 60 climate change solutions in a limited-edition book titled, “60 Solutions: Against Climate Change,” which is distributed to all participants of the Secretary General’s Climate Summit with the hope of inspiring decision makers to take positive actions. 12 out of 60 climate change solutions offered in the book are showcasing sustainable transport’s contribution to climate change mitigationIn the book’s opening section,Towards Global Mobility,” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Changenotes hat governments have accepted that a low-carbon, climate-resilient future is a now a necessity, and that clean transport technology is advancing while information technology allows us to manage transport systems at lower costs with less fuel. Read more



Transport in the Climate Summit Media Coverage 




Photos & Videos for Transport @ Climate Summit