Climate Adaptation in the Transport Sector: Accelerating Global Efforts



Considerable progress has been made in the last decade to promote mitigation of climate change in the transport sector, and it is encouraging to see that initial building blocks for greater action on adaptation in the transport sector are also in development. Substantive work on improving the knowledge base on adaptation to climate change in the transport sector is ongoing, and a number of bilateral and multilateral development organizations are implementing a first generation of pilot projects on adaptation in the transport sector and developing policies and screening tools to assess climate risks for such projects. In particular, the Nordic Development Fund is drawing lessons from eight adaptation-oriented projects, which are co-financed by regional MDBs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Despite these encouraging steps toward broader transport adaptation measures, the attention of country delegations, subnational actors, and international funding institutions is still largely focused on climate mitigation in the transport sector, as reflected in the sizeable number of mitigation-oriented projects, and the large number of countries that have specified mitigation activities through INDCs submitted to the UNFCCC. In contrast, fewer countries have included transport adaptation measures in their INDCs, National Adaptation Plans in developing countries show little detail on transport, and funding institutions and climate finance instruments are still largely focused on mitigation rather than adaptation projects, especially in the transport sector.

Scope and objectives:

Based on these conclusions, it is clear that there is a great need for more substantive and comprehensive approaches in the area of transport adaptation and resilience. COP 21 offers a strong opportunity to increase the number of countries, cities and transport companies to establish adaptation measures in transport before a new global climate agreement comes into force in 2020. In addition, advancing adaptation in the transport sector requires consolidation of efforts and coordination of a broad set of stakeholders, which include national climate and transport planning entities; intermediaries to countries, cities and companies; knowledge organizations on adaptation in the transport sector; and organizations providing funding for adaptation-oriented activities. This workshop will bring together experts in the field of transport and climate change adaptation to explore common avenues for progress on this topic.


Moderator: Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

  • Jane Olga Ebinger, Chief Climate Change Specialist, World Bank, World Bank
  • Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)
  • Aage Jorgensen, Country Program Manager, Nordic Development Fund
  • Jean-Bernard Kovarik, Deputy Director, IFSTTAR
  • Farideh Ramjerdi, PhD, Associate Professor, Institute of Transport Economics, Norwegian-Indian CLIMATRANS Project
  • Knut Roland Sundström, Climate Change Specialist, Program Manager, Global Environmental Facility.


Information on the organizers:

The Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC), a joint initiative of the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB), is an open and inclusive platform that actively invites all organizations and initiatives that support effective action on transport and climate change to join in the process. The PPMC is created to strengthen the voice of the sustainable transport community in the UNFCCC process. The PPMC contributes to realizing a Global Agreement on Climate Change that empowers transport sector to take action on climate change. The realization of this objective requires an active engagement of the PPMC before, during and after COP21.

It will be equally important to advocate for an agreement that incentivizes the transport sector as well as work with the transport and climate community on the implementation of a new global agreement on climate change at the global, regional, national and local levels. By bringing together different actors and stakeholders in the sustainable transport community it will be possible for the transport sector to have its voice heard and speak with one voice on the important contribution that sustainable mobility can make to the mitigation of, and adaptation to climate change.


December 09, 2015 - December 09, 2015


Hall 3: Dutch Pavilion-Blue Zone, COP 21 Venue, Paris


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