Climate action

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).

Download the 2015 Climate Action Report 

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.

Join UITP’s Sustainability Charter

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




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 September - Press release: Public transport sector demonstrates will to act on climate change at New York Summit

24 September - Public transport 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

10 September: Record levels of greenhouse gases reported as UITP prepares for UN Summit

3 September: Climate Summit NY: what contribution from public transport?

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






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