Transport accounts for approximately a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions and they continue to rise year on year, but a 1.5°C degrees pathway for transport is possible with public transport leading the way. There is still time to act but more ambitious national action is needed now, so all countries must strengthen their climate plans by including and prioritising public transport in climate policy, regulatory and fiscal frameworks.
Public transport and active mobility is the fastest and most cost-effective solution to reduce urban emissions and decarbonise people’s daily mobility. Society will benefit from every increase in a modal share to public transport, through fewer road fatalities and injuries, more inclusive access to opportunities, reduced congestion, improved air quality and freeing up space in our cities.
Public transport must be seriously prioritised for climate investment, especially in developing countries worldwide, as it is an investment in a complete, inclusive, equitable, resilient climate solution. This will simultaneously contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which is consistent with long-term climate strategies and inclusive growth.
The public transport sector is committed to act, deliver the carbon emissions reductions needed now, and lead by example in the transition to a net-zero pathway in our cities. UITP is calling on all global stakeholders — from development banks, national and local governments, public transport undertakings and companies – to come together in our journey to zero emissions public transport.
Let us not forget this critical element in addressing climate change and decarbonising transport. The world cannot wait, and neither can the people who need better access, every day, to the jobs, urban opportunities and city services that will improve their lives and the well-being for all.