We are now days away from the start of the UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Taking place on 2 – 14 December, according to the UNFCCC, this year’s COP expects around 20,000 participants from 190 countries and 1,500 journalists. It will be an especially crucial COP as key areas of discussion include progress on the Paris “rulebook” (operationalising the Paris Agreement), as well as preparations for the second generation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The transport community is certainly poised to have a substantial role on the outcomes of these discussions, and remains ready to assist parties in their deliberations towards ambitious climate action.
As a central player in the climate process, the transport sector is now finalizing its plans for COP, refining its key messages, organizing its events, and working to ensure effective and meaningful engagement there.
The Paris Process for Mobility and Climate (PPMC) is a driving force behind bringing transport actors together and helping them make a lasting impact at COP.
Visit the booth of the transport community – no. 43 and 44! In the best tradition, one more year it has graciously been provided by UIC, UITP, and ITDP. We hope it will be a place for the transport community to meet, exchange with other constituents and showcase its crucial contribution to climate action.
Under the theme Urban Mobility Solutions to Tackle Climate Change, Transport Day 2018 will highlight the strong role of cities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality by implementing measures in the transport sector. Importantly, the event will address how national governments can support the potential of cities through framing activities for successful sustainable urban mobility action. Ultimately, the event should lead to the improved treatment of urban mobility in the NDCs being developed by states. More information, as well as the programme and registration form are all available on the PPMC website.
Two official sessions of the COP, will gather key representatives of the transport communities and help drive progress on the interface between climate and transport. Please help us draw attention to the UNFCCC Transport Thematic Event, taking place 7 December at 15:00 – 18:00, and the UNFCCC Roundtable on Oceans and Transport on 10 December at 16:30 – 18:00. These official sessions will bring together high-level actors and help drive progress on the transport and climate front.
We are also looking forward to a summit on electromobility, hosted by the Polish Presidency of COP. Taking place on 4 December at 11:30 – 13:00, it will bring together high-level actors at the heads of state level as to build upon the commitments made in the Birmingham Declaration. It will also seek to establish a trust fund for electromobility to further promote transport decarbonization. SloCaT regularly updates an overview of e-mobility trends and targets which will be a major input for discussions on the electrification of transport.
The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) is proud to confirm that the Transport and Climate Change Global Status Report 2018 (TCC-GSR) will be released at COP. This report is a key resource for policy-makers that compiles progress on transport mitigation and adaptation, and provides cases that can be the foundation for increased ambition in action on transport and climate change.
For more information about these and many other transport events please see the PPMC COP24 online events tracker!
We will be circulating reports every second day on transport-related events and updates on all transport matters at COP24. The reports will be uploaded on the COP24 reporting page and can be received via email. Keep a look out for these reports, as well social media updates from SLoCaT on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere under the hashtag #WeAreTransport!