Successful Regional Dialogues in Latin America on Sustainable Transport Actions to Mitigate Climate Change

On the framework of the 4th Latin-American Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS LAC) Annual Workshop, the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and Michelin Challenge Bibendum, as part of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC), and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) organized a Regional dialogue on sustainable transport actions to mitigate climate change, jointly with the LEDS LAC Transport Group and Finanzas Carbono, which offered as a webinar in their portal with more than 75 participants in 15 different countries in Latin America.

The dialogue covered topic areas related to sustainable transport, like pre-2020 level of ambition through the development of NAMAs and the definition of post-2020 targets via INDCs.

The dialogue was moderated by the LEDS LAC Transport Group and started with a presentation by Ramón Cruz of ITDP representing SLOCAT, who shared with the participants the PPMC process, its four principal components and its expected outcomes. Hilda Martínez from SLOCAT followed this with a presentation on the findings of the CAF Report on national reporting, emission trends and mitigation options for the transport sector in selected Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries.


The event continued with the intervention of country representatives starting with Pablo Salgado from the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunication of Chile. He stated that if the 7 measures identified in the Mitigation Actions Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) together with the support of the private sector are implemented, the transport sector could reduce its emissions 5-7% by 2030 of the 30% proposed by Chile in their INDC.

Juan Carlos Florentino Marquez, from the Ministry of Transport of Colombia, focused on the challenges and barriers to consolidate the transport mitigation plans, and stated the importance of having a national policy on integrated urban mobility, that fosters the coordination between national and subnational governments.

Finally, Juan Manuel Moro from the Ministry of Environment of Guatemala, presented the key actions being implemented on the transport sector as the results of their National Law on Climate Change, and mentioned that since the sector is responsible of 60% of total CO2 emissions from fuel combustion, it is a key component to achieve their recently presented INDCs.

Ramon Cruz offered some closing remarks inviting the audience to take action and ask their country delegations to the UNFCCC to raise the level of ambitions heading to Paris COP21.

The recored webinar can be viewed here.