PPMC supports ACT – Action towards Climate-friendly Transport

At the United Nations Secretary-General Climate Action Summit on the 23rd of September 2019 over 100 organisations came together through the Action towards Climate-friendly Transport (ACT) to pursue a bold commitment to decarbonise transport. ACT is the largest global coalition to establish sustainable, low carbon transport in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) was instrumental in the development of two of the four components that constitute ACT through its involvement in both components’ leads:

  • Component 3 about stimulating mass market for freight vehicles is led by the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA) with PPMC as an inspirational actor and a SteerCo member.
  • Component 4 about a global dialogue with the private sector is co-led by Movin’On, one of the two pillars of the PPMC platform.

ACT promotes and accelerates transport action in the fight against climate change. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica, said the following about this new global coalition: “Transport is the make or break of global climate action. ACT delivers transport action on the ground and will create a better future for millions of people.” Transport is the fastest growing emissions sector and is responsible for 28% of energy-related GHG emissions. With business as usual scenarios, emissions will double by 2050.

Thus, the challenge is daunting: Catering to the fast-growing demand for mobility while slashing GHG emissions, strengthening climate resilience and promoting sustainable development.

The coalition delivers on its goals by connecting innovative approaches with integrated long-term planning, accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles, creating a mass market for zero-emission freight vehicles and fostering global dialogue arenas with the private sector. The four components and the major leads are:

  • Component 1 is led by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) and the Sustainable Mobility for All consortium (SUM4All) and aims to connect innovative approaches at a global scale with integrated long-term planning and policy-making processes at the city level in developing and emerging countries.
  • Component 2 is led by GIZ and WRI to support, in policy dialogue with governments and mayors, an enabling environment for mass rollout of electric busses.
  • Component 3 is led by the Transport Decarbonization Alliance (TDA), EV100 and CALSTART/Drive to Zero and will support the creation of a mass market for zero-emission freight vehicles by increasing their global demand through commitments made by governments, cities and private companies.
  • Component 4 is led by MOVIN’ON and UITP by establishing global dialogue arenas with the private sector to connect key mobility stakeholders and to structure collaborative dialogue and help accelerate measurable action.

After the Summit, the momentum created through ACT will foster innovations by connecting multiple stakeholders from the private sector, governments, cities, NGOs and academia. The implementation of all components will be supported through UN-Habitat. The ACT coalition of subnational governments, corporations and organisations will work together to build capacity, facilitate integrated city and transport planning processes, drive public procurement processes and provide exchange platforms with the private sector and financiers. With ACT, the transport sector is substantially bolstering its role in climate action locally and globally.

You can find more information here: https://www.transformative-mobility.org/news/act-a-global-coalition-decarbonising-the-transport-sector

Join ACT with your organization here: https://www.transformative-mobility.org/news/do-you-act-iact