Climate action

COP 22 - Climate Action with Public Transport

COP22 – the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place between 7 November and 18 December 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco, follows up on the highly publicised COP21 in Paris.

In December 2015 at COP21, 195 countries made a deal to keep global temperature rises in the 21st century to below 2 degrees Celsius. COP22 marks the start of the nuts and bolts policy discussions on how countries are actually going to go about implementing the Paris Agreement. 

The public transport sector is committed to tackling climate change head on and its proactive mobilisation is already having a significant impact on the ground. Around 70 countries have identified specific action on public transport in their climate plans and the UN Secretary General's High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, of which UITP Secretary General Alain Flausch is a member, will also publish its own policy recommendations in due course, which will provide timely input to the discussions. 

Marrakesh will be an ideal opportunity to boost awareness that public transport is absolutely essential to reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement: without a greater shift to sustainable mobility, this will be increasingly unlikely. 

UITP’s Declaration on Climate Leadership

Ahead of COP21, UITP’s members confirmed this leadership at the UN Climate Summit through the Declaration on Climate Leadership.

This Declaration demonstrates the sector’s support to double the market share of public transport by 2025 and a commitment to support cities to enhance, accelerate and ensure the efficiency of urban mobility as well as to intensify efforts to prepare for and adapt to climate change.

Over 350 pledges to future action were made from over 110 public transport organisations in support of the Declaration. Actions aimed at giving a greater role to public transport in mobility which will help to decrease the regions carbon footprint as well as reducing their corporate carbon footprint.

Where do we stand now? (2016 report on the pledges implementation)

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Press releases and news


16/11/2016 Press release Public transport more visible than ever at COP22 climate talks

11/11/2016 Day-by-day coverage of public transport at COP22

9/11/2016 COP22: what's on the agenda for public transport?

7/11/2016 From BRT to tram lines: how Morocco is boosting public transport

31/10/2016 UITP welcomes UN High-Level Advisory Group's ten-point plan to advance sustainable transport 

10/10/2016 COP22: here's why it's important for public transport



15/12/2015 Five takeaways for public transport from COP21

15/12/2015 UITP welcomes historic climate deal but the real work starts now

11/12/2015 Public transport has a key role to play in the fight against climate change

4/12/2015 Public transport's climate action efforts recognised at COP21

2/12/2015 Focus on transport day: representing the sector in Paris

30/11/2015 Climate mitigation: the public transport advantage

27/11/2015 Public transport and the climate: who has committed what?

24/11/2015 UITP hops on the climate train to Paris

19/11/2015 COP21 presents a unique opportunity for public transport

26/10/2015 | The Road to Paris: making the case for sustainable urban transport

23/10/2015 Interview with RFI by UITP Head of Policy & Outreach, Jérôme Pourbaix, on the role of public transport at COP21

14/10/2015 The real work starts after Paris

28/09/2015 World leaders commit to new sustainable development agenda calling for more public transport

15/09/2015 UITP and ITF make joint declaration on climate leadership


24/09/2014 - Press release: Public transport sector demonstrates will to act on climate change at New York Summit

24/09/2014 - Public transport demonstrates will to act on climate change at New York Summit

23/09/2014: UN Climate Summit: no plan B for the world

22/09/2014 Promoting public transport at the UN Climate Summit

15/09/2014 ‘On track for clean and green transport’ event in New York

10/09/2014: Record levels of greenhouse gases reported as UITP prepares for UN Summit

03/09/2014: Climate Summit NY: what contribution from public transport?

14/08/2014: UITP Sec. Gen. Alain Flausch appointed to Ban Ki-moon’s sustainable transport Advisory Group






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