On 12 December 2017, the One Planet Summit, convened by the United Nations and the World Bank, at the initiative of the French Government, brought together over 60 world leaders in Paris to underscore how financial flows are shifting billions and trillions towards a low-carbon future that will benefit peoples and livelihoods.
The summit concluded that decarbonisation of all modes of transport by 2050, in line with the well below 2 Degree Target set by the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change is possible but will require action now to enable a comprehensive transformation of this key sector in the decades to come. See press release on Transport Decarbonization Alliance (TDA), which is led by the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC), a joint initiative of the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and Michelin.
Among the participating 60 world leaders and several delegations, there was interest for the TDA expressed. French president Emmanuel Macron highlighted the TDA as one of the 12 climate commitments:
President of France Emmanuel Macron said: “Transport is the seventh commitment with the Transport Decarbonization Alliance. The transport sector accounts for approximately 15% of global anthropogenic CO2 emissions and faced with urgency, countries like Portugal, the Netherlands, Costa Rica and France, supported by the stakeholders of the PPMC platform, are creating an alliance to work together on roadmaps towards decarbonizing transport and increasing investment in clean transport. And this alliance will bear fruit in 2018 with contributions from states as Colorado, the city of Paris and many other groups.”
In the official communication document titled “One Planet Summit supports that decarbonisation of all modes of transport by 2050 is possible“ issued by the Portugal Government on Wednesday, December 13, the TDA was mentioned, see here.
In support of the TDA, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands stated “The Netherlands believes that ambition and action on transport and climate change is needed. It will require joint leadership to transform transport and mobility. We therefore actively support the TDA and call on business leaders to step forward and work together with us on clean solutions”.
The TDA was introduced in a video made by Michelin in the Panel 4 on “Strengthening policies for ecological and inclusive transition”:
The Transport Decarbonisation Alliance was initiated by the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Portugal and France together with Michelin, Alstom and Itaipu Binacional.
Towards the One Planet Summit, Sweden, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, the City of Paris, the State of Colorado, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, SNCF, Ernst&Young (EY), Géodis and Renault-Nissan have announced their support for the TDA. In addition, the International Transport Forum and the International Energy Agency, welcomed the TDA and expressed their readiness to collaborating with TDA, based on their respective tools and activities.
For example, ambitious plans by Finland include to halve transport emissions by 2030 and to be economy-wide carbon-neutral by 2045, as Juha Sipilä, the Prime Minister of Finland mentioned.
The session on carbon pricing was accompanied by the following question from a Danish student: How are you going to reduce car usage, develop public transportation and change people’s habits in order to foster green transportation methods?
Dar es Salaam is the winner of the Sustainable Transport Award 2018 and the city will host the MOBILIZE Summit by ITDP from June 26-28.
Among the mayors participating at the One Planet Summit were the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and the Mayor of Quito Mauricio Esteban Rodas Espinel with support of C40, ICLEI, Global Covenant of Mayors, UCLG and others showing the crucial role that cities play in climate action. Quito is going to have a clean public transport system in the historic city center by 2020. In her speech, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo mentioned the end of the era of personal vehicles in major cities.
The attention that transport received and the commitments for climate action in transport that were made during the One Planet Summit are unprecedented. After the One Planet Summit, the transport sector is better positioned in climate change mitigation and adaptation than ever before.
Credible roadmaps (such as the Global Macro Roadmap, developed by SLoCaT and Michelin under PPMC) to transformation exist. Now technical, behavioural and institutional barriers have to be tackled. Countries must phase and synergize their efforts with cities and companies so that the right public policies, at national and subnational levels, match and foster the needed strategic investments.
The next steps for the TDA are to further operationalize the alliance at the meeting to be hosted by Portugal in February 2018. Echoing CEO Michelin Senard, all interested parties who wish to be at the forefront of the transport sector’s transformation are invited to join the Transport Decarbonization Alliance.