Ambitious, transformative action in transport is essential to combating climate change and achieving sustainable development. Transport accounts for roughly a quarter of global energy related GHG emissions. Without urgent intervention, emissions are projected to double by 2050 and transport will become the fastest growing emissions sector.
Recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underscore that it is still possible to put GHG emissions on a pathway to keep global warming under 1.5ºC. For this to happen, the transformation of our mobility and transport systems must be prioritised in policy, regulatory and fiscal frameworks. There is still time to act, but we must push for ambitious and unprecedented efforts by all stakeholders.
Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, SLOCAT has actively engaged the global transport community at COP, the Climate Action Summit, Regional Climate Weeks and other key climate change events under the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC). The PPMC brings together the diverse ecosystems of the SLOCAT Partnership and Movin’On – a mix of public and private sector entities.
The COP is the primary decision-making body of the UNFCCC. All States Parties to the Convention are represented, and each year, they review implementation of the UNFCCC and other legal instruments that the COP adopts.
SLOCAT plays an essential role in the COP, amplifying the voice of the sustainable, low carbon transport community and bringing attention to the need to ensure that the transport sector serves as a leader and catalyst in combating climate change.
Regional Climate Weeks (RCWs) bring together a vast array of stakeholders at the regional level to share ideas and inspire action to address climate change and promote sustainable development. RCWs help facilitate the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, and also support delivery of the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals.
SLOCAT actively engages in the RCWs and uses them as an opportunity to support regional transport stakeholders as they work to transform transport.
Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the contribution of Non-Parties to the UNFCCC (such as cities, companies and civil society) to climate action has been increasingly recognised. The Paris Agreement puts a strong emphasis on the important role of Non-Parties in its implementation. At COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, a formal agreement was adopted providing a platform for these actors to continue to support the implementation of the UNFCCC. Thus, the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) was born.
Since 2016, SLOCAT has served as the Focal Point for Non-Party actors in the transport sector in the Marrakech Partnership (along with co-focal point ITF, starting in 2018), playing a key role in convening and connecting the sustainable, low carbon transport community with UNFCCC processes. It has also enabled SLOCAT to connect with focal points of other key thematic areas in the Partnership, such as Energy, Human Settlements, and Business and Industry.
In December 2019, COP25 extended the MPGCA mandate until 2025. Through the MPGCA, SLOCAT brings sustainable transport to the heart of the UNFCCC process.