Climate action

COP 23 - Climate Action with Public Transport

At the COP21 climate talks, held in Paris in 2015, Governments committed to what is known as the Paris Agreement, which established specific actions and targets for reducing greenhouse gases emissions, adapting to the effects of climate change, and financing mitigation and adaptation efforts in developing countries. Countries also made commitments to implement a range of domestic efforts on climate change, including on public transport.

The Paris Agreement is aimed at reducing risk to economies and lives everywhere, while building the foundation for a more prosperous, secure and sustainable world. It enjoys profound credibility and UITP is proud to support its implementation
-Alain Flausch, UITP Secretary General


At COP23 in November, Fiji is presiding over the climate talks in Bonn. It marks the start of how governments will concretely deliver on their pledges to climate action and to send a symbolic message of commitment to addressing climate change.


Global Climate Action Partnership

The Paris Agreement established a dedicated partnership mechanism to establish a durable connection between the UN climate process, countries and the 77 voluntary and collaborative actions that have been launched at the climate talks since COP 21, including one led by UITP.  COP 23 will see the start of the scaling up of this partnership mechanism over 2017-2020 supported by High Level Champions, helping to bring likeminded initiatives and countries closer together.


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 region's carbon footprint, as well as reducing their corporate carbon footprint.

At COP 23, UITP Declaration will feature as a key transport collaborative initiative under the Action Agenda.  It will help to show the active participation of UITP members in leading on climate action and how UITP can support national ambition and implementation on public transport.

Read the 2017 Climate Action Report on 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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