Transport-Related Climate Summit Documents for the Press
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.
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
“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.
Media Packages for Transportation Action Area Commitments
Media Contact Person: Jeanette Elsworth, Head of Press and Media (Jeanette.Elsworth@unhabitat.org), Andre Dzikus, Head, Urban Basic Services Branch (email@example.com)
Media Contact Person: Jane Hupe, Deputy Director, Environment, International Civil Aviation Organization (JHupe@icao.int)
Media Packages for Other Transport-Related Commitments
Action Area: Energy
Media Contact Person:Sheila Watson, Director of Environment, FIA Foundation and Executive Secretary of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Action Area: Industry
Media Contact Person: Sonja Henneman, Senior Policy Advisor, Environment Canada (email@example.com)
Transport and Climate Change Reports Published around the Climate Week
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.
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
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).
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
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 mitigation. In the book’s opening section,“Towards Global Mobility,” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, notes 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