PPMC Releases Second Progress Report (2017) on the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) Transport Initiatives

The Second Progress Report (2017) on the MPGCA Transport Initiatives: Stock-take on action toward implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development was released by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), under the Paris Process on Mobility Climate (PPMC), to give an overview of 21 voluntary multi-stakeholder initiatives on sustainable, low carbon transport, the manner in which they measure progress and their alignment with the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

This is the Second Progress Report updated based on the first progress report released at the Marrakech Climate Conference of the Parties (COP22) in November 2016. The Second Progress Report covers the progress of the initiatives up until 31st October 2017.

Inspired by the call to action by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in September 2014 and followed up by the Lima Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), 15  transport initiatives were developed by non-state actors in the transport sector that were showcased during COP21. In 2017, six new transport initiatives were formed. There are now 21 MPGCA Transport Initiatives which include both passenger and freight transport and touch on all transport sectors and modes.

The MPGCA Transport Initiatives represent a broad range of multi-stakeholder coalitions expanding to cover for all modes of transport through decentralised action to reduce transport greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the resilience of transport infrastructure. Collectively these initiatives, if widely supported by state-and non-state actors, and implemented at scale, can reduce the carbon footprint of an estimated half of all the passenger and freight trips made by 2025. Actions such as these can contribute to substantive savings associated with a shift to low carbon transport. The International Energy Agency (IEA) have estimated that these could be as high as US$70 trillion by 2050 as less money would need to be invested in vehicles, fuel and transport infrastructure reflecting the strong economic case for climate action in the transport sector.

The transport initiatives are at various stages in terms of defining targets and indicators to monitor their commitments.  During 2017, these initiatives have continued to expand their activities and on the ground impact. They benefit from the growing interest to act on transport, which is growing in part because of the NDCs (75% of which prioritize transport action). Progress is being made at a policy level with more low carbon transport related policies being put in place as well as through concrete actions on the ground

An important objective of this report is to develop a better overview of how the MPGCA Transport Initiatives define and monitor progress. There is a developing understanding of the role MPGCA can play in supporting and raising the level of ambition of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in 2018, which are a key implementation mechanism of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as well as the transport related targets under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015. The report assesses the alignment of the MPGCA Transport Initiatives with both global processes with the greatest emphasis on alignment with the NDCs.

The full report is available here.

Please visit http://www.ppmc-transport.org/transportinitiatives/ for more information on the MPGCA Transport Initiatives.

The 21 MPGCA Transport Initiatives are:

General urban transport:

Freight and Logistics:

Fuel Efficiency and Electric Mobility:

Cycling and Walking:

Aviation:

Transport Technology:

Road Transport: