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ITF launches global initiative to decarbonize transport

The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD has launched a major global initiative towards carbon-free transport. Transport activity currently contributes 23% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, with the share expected to rise. The long-term objective of the project is to define a commonly-acceptable pathway to achieve zero transport emissions by around 2050.

The Decarbonizing Transport project, announced during the Annual Summit of transport ministers in Leipzig, Germany aims to provide a common assessment tool based on a comprehensive modeling framework supported by dialogue with key stakeholders; to enable countries and other stakeholders to translate roadmaps into actions that deliver results grounded in quantitative data; and to support actions to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals along with the decarbonization of the transport sector.

The COP 21 Paris Agreement created a political pathway for global CO2 mitigation efforts. The key is to close the gaps between commitments and delivery. It is now up to the transport sector to demonstrate how carbon-free mobility can be achieved. That is why we are launching today the Decarbonizing Transport project.

—Secretary-General José Viegas

The Decarbonizing Transport project is supported by a wide range of stakeholders, including private sector companies, multilateral development banks, intergovernmental organizations, sector associations, NGOs and research institutions.

It is anchored in the ITF’s Corporate Partnership Board, the organization’s platform for discussions with the private sector.

The preliminary results of the project will be presented at the next ITF Summit in May 2017. The work will be completed by 2018/19, in time for the first round of reviews of the COP21 decarbonization targets in 2020.

The partners and supporters of the Decarbonizing Transport Partners are: Aeromexico - Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) - Anheuser Busch InBev – Brisa Group – China Communications Constructions Company (CCCC) – Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) – COSCO Group – European Conference of Transport Research Institutes (ECTRI) – European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) – European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) - ExxonMobil – Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) - Ford – Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) - Google – Here – IBM – Incheon Airport – INRIX – International Air Transport Association (IATA) - International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) – International Energy Agency (IEA) - International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) - International Federation of Pedestrians – International Association of Public Transport (UITP) – International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) – International Road Transport Union (IRU) – International Union of Railways (UIC) – The Institute for Transport and Development Policy (ITDP) – Kapsch TrafficCom AG – The Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) – Michelin – Nissan Motor Corporation – NXP – Organisation for Economic Co –operation and Development (OECD) – Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) – POLIS Network – PTV Group – SNCF – Total – Transport & Environment – Uber – Union des Industries Ferroviaires Eurpoéennes (UNIFE) – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE) – University of California, Davis – Venice Port Authority - Volvo Group – The World Bank – World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) - World Resources Institute (WRI) – Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.


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