The 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) represents a historic opportunity to fully integrate the transport sector within the UNFCCC process in order to reverse the trend of growing emissions and mitigate climate change, while making transport infrastructure and services more resilient to climate impacts already underway. Transport can play an elevated role within the UNFCCC process for both pre-2020 ambition and post-2020 action, as countries are pledging significant contributions to emissions reductions from the transport sector within their INDCs, and discussions on technology transfer, climate finance and capacity-building will also have significant impact on the capacity of countries worldwide to scale up sustainable transport initiatives. COP21 will also be addressing key topics such as fossil fuel subsidy reform and increased accountability for emissions generated in the aviation and maritime industries.
Tracking the Negotiations
The SLoCaT Partnership is tracking COP21 and the negotiations on a new climate change agreement from a transport perspective.
The SLoCaT Daily Reports are based on the six key message areas of the #WeAreTransport Campaign; (a) Decarbonization of the Transport Sector, (b) Adaptation and Climate Resilience in the Transport Sector, (c) Urgency and Timeliness of Action on Transport and Climate Change, (d) Transport’s Connectivity and Accessibility, (e) Technological Dynamism and Innovation for Transport, and (f) Finance for Low Carbon Transport and Economy-Wide Gains. Under each key area, we will introduce relevant SLoCaT Knowledge Products as well as present summaries of the transport side events at COP.
In addition in the daily reports we will be highlighting Transport Champions of the day; one transport-focused INDC, one transport initiative linked to the LPAA and one transport climate action from the 80 Days Campaign
The following sources provide more information about current and past UNFCCC negotiations: