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.
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Press releases and news
16/11/2016 Press release Public transport more visible than ever at COP22 climate talks
24/11/2015 UITP hops on the climate train to Paris
14/10/2015 The real work starts after Paris
24/09/2014 - Press release: Public transport sector demonstrates will to act on climate change at New York Summit
23/09/2014: UN Climate Summit: no plan B for the world
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