Since the early 2000s, UITP has been present at COP to advance public transport. For COP27, the 2022 climate gathering in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, UITP pressed for public transport to play a big part in the year’s initiatives. Out of this, we co-led the creation of the LOTUS and SURGe programmes to advance urban sustainability and low carbon transport.
LOTUS, or Low Carbon Transport for Urban Sustainability, is designed to take on 5 systemic challenges in urban mobility, namely in the Global South:
- The financing gap
- Weak policy making and implementation capability
- Lack of policy coherence and targets
- Difficulty integrating and regulating informal transport
- Siloed thinking around modes
To overcome these challenges, LOTUS will scale investment in e-vehicles, empower and invest in informal transport to decarbonise, and build capacity in low- and middle-income countries. In particular, UITP will co-lead the last track focused on developing integrated, multimodal policy frameworks.
SURGe, Sustainable Urban Resilience for the next Generation in full, will stimulate effective multi-level governance to transform cities to be healthy, sustainable, just, inclusive, low-emission and resilient. As the most climate and cost-effective way to decarbonise urban mobility, public transport and active travel play a key role. UITP will co-lead efforts to accelerate and support the uptake of public transport and active mobility in cities.