Policy Analysis and Outreach Activities – Tough Questions, Smart Answers

Policy Analysis and Outreach Activities – Tough Questions, Smart Answers

Implementation Roadmap 2020

Background: New Challenges, Same Urgency

As the urgency of taking action towards sustainable, low carbon transport becomes increasingly apparent in the face of deepening climate and sustainability challenges, our community must position itself as a leader in implementing context-adapted cost-effective solutions. 

From the challenges associated with achieving a just transition, leaving behind our current unsustainable patterns of economic behaviour, to overcoming the impact of the global health crisis on sustainable mobility, there are certainly many tough questions that the transport sector is currently grappling with which require meaningful answers. It is from within our Partnership and the wider sustainable, low carbon transport community, as well as from an enhanced collaboration with other communities, that such answers can be found. In the spirit of addressing tough questions to find smart answers, SLOCAT is committed to enabling collective knowledge, advocacy, dialogue, and engagement to catalyse the necessary transformation of our transport and mobility systems.

When the SLOCAT Secretariat team consulted the Partnership on new policy analysis and outreach products at the 2020 Annual Partnership Meeting held in January, we had no idea the world would suddenly face the COVID-19 pandemic, spreading like wildfire around the globe, causing intense strain on our societies and a level of disruption that will likely change how humanity lives, interacts, works, travels, and moves. This global health crisis is shining a light on the inextricably linked social, economic, and environmental matters our societies must crucially address, as well as on our poor emergency management and preparedness. Against this backdrop, the sustainable, low carbon transport community must capitalise on the nerve struck by this emergency and evolve our narratives, advocacy efforts, and interaction with other communities in the interest of developing comprehensive and integrated approaches to solving the sector’s most pressing challenges.