Public transport demonstrates will to act on climate change at New York Summit

photo Alain Flausch, UITP Secretary General

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The public transport sector demonstrated that it has both the will and the means to act on climate change at yesterday’s UN Climate Summit in New York.

In front of international governments and the press, UITP presented its initiative to double the market share of public transport worldwide by 2025. Meeting the doubling objective would spare the emission of 500 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent and support of the objectives of international climate negotiations, in developed and developing countries, despite the overall rise in trips made in urban areas.

UITP also presented 350 pledges, commitments and actions from over 110 of its members to reduce emissions in public transport to the UN yesterday as part of a wider initiative from the transport sector.

UITP joined forces with the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Urban Electric Mobility Vehicles Initiative (UEMI) to present and deliver ambitious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from land transport through the expansion of public transport, more efficient rail transport and by accelerating the introduction of urban electric transport.

“The future of cities around the world looks bleak if we do not start taking action on climate change,” said Alain Flausch, UITP Secretary General. “It’s not an impossible task and civil society and the public transport sector are ready to help governments meet the Kyoto objectives on the ground. We wanted to mobilise as many of our members as possible to take concrete action to reduce their carbon footprints.” 

With transport currently responsible for one quarter of energy-related global greenhouse gas emissions, these initiatives can help put the transport sector on a new track towards a low-carbon future and save trillions of dollars in fuel in the process.

“I am glad to see action that builds strong global alliances in the transportation area,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “These initiatives will help reduce carbon emissions and make urban areas more efficient and productive and healthier places to live and work.”

Click here to watch the Transport Action Area press conference. 

To see UITP’s complete coverage of the UN Climate Summit, click here.

  • For more information please contact: 

Philip Turner, UITP Sustainable Development Manager,  philip.turner(at)

Andrew Canning, Press and Media Manager, andrew.canning(at)

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