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:
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:
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.
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