The Paris Agreement on climate change sets an overall long-term direction for climate change policy which should be in line with the ambitious target of limiting temperature increase (’well below 2°C’ above pre-industrial levels, and to aim for a temperature increase of not more than 1.5°C’). Therefore, each sector of human activity, including the Transport sector, must define its course of action whilst taking into account: a decarbonization timeline of 2050-2060 for the most developed, and 2060-2080 for less developed economies.
For the Transport sector, the goal is to largely decarbonize and move from 7.7 Gt emissions/year down to 3 or 2 Gt by mid-century. Transport will be part of a “net-zero emission” economy, in which remaining emissions from specific sectors will need to be sequestered or off-set through other means.
The PPMC proposes the development of a Global Macro-Roadmap through a phased action process, covering a 2020-2050+ timeline and thereby covering both short as well as mid- to long-term actions. This Roadmap aims to give a realistic (technically feasible) vision, with an operational focus for each segment of the Transport sector (people and freight; road, railway, aviation, waterborne; urban and rural). It is driven by new sustainable and inclusive growth opportunities called for by the SDGs.
The Roadmap will focus on identifying a balanced package of actions taking into account the main sustainable transport paradigm which combines Avoid (reduce unnecessary travel through e.g. land use planning or logistics redesign and halting counterproductive regulation that incentivizes travel by individual motorized vehicles), Shift (shift movement of goods and people to the most efficient modes, by scaling up good practices) and Improve (improve environmental performance of fuels and powertrains, intermodality and transport management).
Global Macro-Roadmap: 8 Priorities
The Global Macro Roadmap concept was presented first to the EU Informal Council of Ministers (Environment and Transport) in Amsterdam in April 2016. Further presentations were made at the International Transport Forum 2016 and a range of other meetings. In October 2016, the Executive Council of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) expressed its support for the concept and its will to foster business leadership in the transport transformation.
The Global Macro Roadmap was a central element in the Transport Showcase and Transport Dialogue, which the GCAA Transport team organized during COP 22 at the invitation of the two High Level Champions on Climate Change, as well as in the Round-table for Transport Ministers and the Round Table for Transport CEOs. Lastly, the wider sustainable Transport community discussed the relevance of Global Macro-Roadmap in the annual Transport Day organized by the PPMC on November 13th 2016 as part of COP22.
Consultations on Global Macro-Roadmap
On-line consultations on the first draft of the Global Macro-Roadmap were conducted with members of the SLoCaT Partnership in early 2016 and two consultation meetings were conducted in March 2016 in Paris, and in May 2016 in Leipzig. See www.ppmc-transport.org/GMR-consultation for an overview of consultations conducted so-far.
A second round of consultations is taking place from February 27th until March 15th, 2017. This round of consultations is based on the updated Discussion Draft: “An Actionable Vision of Transport Decarbonization”, which takes into account comments received during COP22.
Comments can be submitted through the downloadable comments form. Please send your comments latest by March 15th to: Cornie Huizenga (email@example.com) and Patrick Oliva (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The comments received will be discussed as part of the PPMC stakeholder meeting on March 24th 2016 in Paris.
The results of the consultations and the discussions on March 24th will be integrated in the next draft of the Roadmap, which will be presented in the May session of the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany.
Please download full-text of the discussion paper in English and French:
An actionable Vision of Transport Decarbonization (Updated consultation version February 2017).
An earlier French language version (November 2016) of the document Transports Décarbonés : Une Dynamique De Transformation is available here.