COP 21 - Climate Action with Public Transport
COP21 – the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place between 30 November and 11 December 2015 in Paris is expected to result in a new global agreement on climate change, which will shape climate policy in the years to come at a global, national and local level.
By bringing together the public transport sector at COP 21, UITP will make it possible for the sector to have its voice heard on the important contribution that public transport makes to the mitigation of, and adaptation to climate change as well as the wider sustainable development agenda.
Commitment to Action – UITP’s Declaration on Climate Leadership
Success at COP21 depends on a shared commitment from all sectors to take a lead on climate action. UITP’s members confirmed this leadership at the UN Climate Summit through the Declaration on Climate Leadership.
The 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.
Climate Action and Public Transport: Analysis of Planned Actions. Download the study (2014).
In the same framework, public transport leaders from more than 20 major cities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEEC) showed their willingness to contribute to taking action on climate change by signing the CEEC Declaration on climate leadership. With this initiative, they committed to be Climate Leaders by developing sustainable public transport in their region.
The COP 21 Action Agenda
During COP 21, UITP will again demonstrate the sector’s leadership through the ‘Lima Paris Action Agenda’ (LPAA).
The LPAA will send a clear signal to UNFCCC Parties on the sector’s commitment to a low carbon and resilient pathway for the transport sector and demonstrate the achievements of impactful initiatives of UITP members linked to the UITP Declaration.
UITP will be at COP to show that to Parties there are real opportunities to scale up efforts on climate action with public transport and that the sector can be a catalyst for action through the UITP’s Sustainability Charter network.
Signatories to the Charter can play a key role in facilitating action beyond COP 21 by helping public transport players build linkages between their business strategies and the delivery of the new global sustainable development agenda.
Download the list of Charter signatories.
Click here to see a summary of the main arguments UITP will be making to national governments at COP21.
Press releases and news
24/11/2015 UITP hops on the climate train to Paris
14/10/2015 The real work starts after Paris
24 September - Press release: Public transport sector demonstrates will to act on climate change at New York Summit
/23 September: UN Climate Summit: no plan B for the world
22 September: Promoting public transport at the UN Climate Summit
15 September: ‘On track for clean and green transport’ event in New York
- Philip Turner, UITP Sustainable Development Manager, philip.turner(at)uitp.org
- Andrew Canning, Press and Media Manager, andrew.canning(at)uitp.org