It is more important than ever for countries to set ambitious climate goals to tackle global warming. In order to avoid incalculable risks to humanity, global emissions need to peak by 2020 at the latest. This means that working together in our efforts to reach full decarbonisation is crucial to evade the devastating impact that climate change will have on our planet and people.
The transport sector remains a key source of concern, as it represents the fastest growing contributor to climate emissions. This needs to change. Without swift, ambitious action to reengineer the transport sector, it will be impossible to meet the 1,5° objective of the Paris Agreement. This means that the transformation of our mobility and transport systems must be prioritised in policy, regulatory, and fiscal frameworks.
2020 marks the year in which the next generation of Nationally Determined Contributions – or NDCs, climate targets to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change – will be submitted by the 187 countries that have committed themselves to robust climate action.
Together with SLOCAT, we have therefore developed 10 key recommendations for ways countries can scale up transport ambition in their NDCs:
For more detailed descriptions, visit the SLOCAT NDC website.
In 2015, the first year in which countries submitted their NDCs, only 8% of submissions included transport-specific greenhouse gas mitigation targets. This shows that the level of ambition for transport needs to increase dramatically.
So, join us and SLOCAT in our advocacy campaign on transport in NDCs to reverse the trend and bring down transport GHG emissions!
The recommendations have been compiled by GIZ in collaboration with the SLOCAT Partnership, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), and the World Resources Institute (WRI), following an open consultation with additional contributions from: Alstom, the Climate Group, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the International Union of Railways (UIC), and Walk 21.
Alexander Mahler, Berlin