Climate change

Five takeaways for public transport from COP21

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Following the signing of a landmark deal for the climate in Paris at the weekend, UITP reflects on the key takeaways from an event that marks a key milestone for the public transport sector.

1. An historic agreement to combat climate change was agreed by 195 nations in Paris over the weekend.  For the first time, all nations have committed to a common cause on climate action based on their historic, current and future responsibilities.

Public transport’s climate action efforts recognised at COP21

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UITP’s Declaration on Climate Leadership was officially recognised by the UN as a leading effort in the fight against climate change at the LPAA (Lima Paris Action Agenda) for transport day at COP 21 yesterday.

The LPAA sent a clear signal to UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Parties on the public transport sector’s commitment to a low carbon future and demonstrated the achievements of major initiatives made by UITP members linked to the Declaration.

Seminar: learn the stakes for public transport at COP21

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Cities are fundamental in the fight against climate change. Urban transport accounts for around 40% of emissions from the entire transport sector, and that is why urban mobility lies at the heart of the fight against climate change and the transition to a resource efficient and low carbon urban economy.

Given that cities are fundamental in meeting sustainable development goals, public transport's role in driving low carbon, resilient growth must be at the forefront of any sustainable urban mobility policy.

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