The PPMC has worked with the Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA) Transport Initiatives to prepare a report on the progress of the initiatives since COP 21 in Paris and their plans for 2017. The report titled “Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA) Transport Initiatives: Stock-take on action on the Implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and contribution towards the 2030 Global Goals on Sustainable Development” was released on November 7, during the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech.
This report gives an overview of the 15 voluntary multi-stakeholder initiatives on sustainable, low carbon transport, the manner in which they measure progress, and their alignment with the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement. It is an update of the May 2016 report and the report covers the progress of the initiatives up until 31st October 2016.
Inspired by the call to action by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in September 2014 and followed up by the Lima Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) 15 transport initiatives were developed by non-state actors in the transport sector that were showcased during COP21 at the Transport Focus event on December 3rd, 2015.
COP21 also decided to appoint High Level Champions (HLC) to “facilitate through strengthened high-level engagement in the period 2016–2020 the successful execution of existing efforts and the scaling-up and introduction of new or strengthened voluntary efforts, initiatives and coalitions”. Following the appointment of the first two High Level Champions in May 2016 and with a view to the longer term, the LPAA was renamed the Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA).
These commitments were developed to trigger more ambitious action in all major parts of the transport sector. These 15 initiatives includes both passenger and freight transport and touch on all transport sectors and modes: from roads to rail, from air to waterborne transport, and from motorized vehicles to cycling. They address both mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change. Collectively these initiatives represent hundreds of partners and they bring together cities, regions, development organizations, the private sector and civil society.
The transport initiatives are harnessing the energy and interest created by the Paris Agreement to mobilizing global climate action and are voluntary commitments from a wide range of non-state actors.
The transport initiatives are at various stages in terms of defining targets and indicators to monitor their commitments. An important objective of this report is to develop a better overview of how the GCAA Transport Initiatives define and monitor progress.
There is a developing understanding of the role GCAA can play in supporting and raising the level of ambition of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in 2018, which are a key implementation mechanism of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as well as the transport related targets under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015. Finally, those initiatives that have an urban focus will possibly also able to get a lift from the follow up of the Habitat III Conference that took place in October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. The report assesses the alignment of the GCAA Transport Initiatives with all three of these processes with the greatest emphasis on alignment with the NDCs.