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.
PPMC – the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate – was created in early 2015, under the aegis of the Peruvian and French COP presidencies, UNFCCC and the UNSG, to structure and represent the voice of Non State Actors in the Transport sector on the way to COP 21. PPMC was established as an open platform federating two preexisting, respected, complementary ecosystems into a collaborative, public/private coalition:
MCB-Movin’On, a demonstration-based, industry-led advocacy ecosystem federated by Michelin since 1998 around the “Michelin Challenge Bibendum” created by Patrick Oliva. By gathering manufacturers, equipment makers, energy suppliers, ICT, academics and public authorities, MCB became over the years a genuine “think and do tank”. The last edition in Chengdu 2014 issued an Urban Mobility Green Paper endorsed by 250 institutions, as an actionable vision of a transformed, economically viable, socially attractive urban mobility. From 2017 onwards, MCB evolved into a new eco systemic, collaborative structure called Movin’On (see link below), based on the conviction that working in “open ecosystems” including private sector, public authorities, ICT, startups, international organizations, academia, is key when it comes to products and service innovations. https://movinon.michelin.com/
SLoCaT, the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport, established in 2009 to promote the integration of sustainable transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change and leveraging action in support of the implementation of the global policies. As an “umbrella entity” gathering over 90 organizations (representing UN organizations, Multilateral and Bilateral development organizations, NGOs, Foundations and Academe) SLoCaT especially focuses on public land transport in developing regions. Acknowledged as an advocacy champion and knowledge provider (TCC-GSR – Transport and Climate Change Global Status Report and many other) SLoCaT had also been demonstrating its ability to convene transport stakeholders for major transport side events at COP 19 in Warsaw (2013), COP 20 in Lima (2014) and other major conferences. http://www.slocat.net/
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: