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.
Download previous studies:
- Climate Action and Public Transport: Analysis of Planned Actions (2014)
- 2015 Climate Action Report
- 2016 Climate Action Report on Implementatio
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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