Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA)

History of of the MPGCA Transport Initiatives

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 at the Transport Focus event on December 3rd, 2015.

COP21 also decided to appoint High Level Champions (HLC) to “facilitate through strengthened high-level engagement in the period 2016–2020 the successful execution of existing efforts and the scaling-up and introduction of new or strengthened voluntary efforts, initiatives and coalitions”. Following the appointment of the first two High Level Champions and the COP 22 in Marrakech, the action agenda was renamed as Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) in November 2016.

In 2017, six new transport initiatives were formed. An additional transport initiative was also established in 2018. There are now 22 MPGCA Transport Initiatives as of December 2018, which include both passenger and freight transport and touch on all transport sectors and modes:


Objectives of the MPGA Transport Initiatives

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.

MPGCA Transport Initiative Report

An Overview of Progress Report (2018) on the 22 MPGCA Transport Initiatives was released by the PPMC to give an overview of the 22 voluntary multi-stakeholder initiatives on sustainable, low carbon transport. The report is available here.

Previous progress reports from 2017 and 2016 is also available.

Overview of Transport Initiatives

The initiatives (in alphabetical order) include:

Airport Carbon Accreditation: Reducing carbon emissions & increasing airport sustainability
Global Strategy cleaner fuels
Global Strategy for Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles: introducing low sulfur fuels, and vehicle emission standards by 2030.
Aviation’s Climate Action Takes Off: Collaborative climate action across the air transport sector
ITS for Climate: Using intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to deliver big results at a small cost
below50: Growing the global market for the world’s most sustainable fuels
Low Carbon Road and Road Transport Initiative (LC2RTI): Green roads-clean growth
 C40 Logo Green (RGB)
C40 Green and Healthy Streets Declaration (Fossil Fuel Free Streets): Raising ambition and catalyzing markets
MobiliseYourCity Partnership: 100 cities engaged in sustainable urban mobility planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Cycling Delivers on the Global GoalsIncrease the modal share of cycling worldwide and double cycling in Europe by 2020
 Navigating a changingclimate
Navigating a Changing Climate: Think Climate: to reduce emissions, strengthen resilience, and adapt waterborne transport infrastructure
EcoMobility Alliance: Ambitious cities committed to sustainable transport
Taxis4SmartCities: Accelerating the introduction of low emission vehicles in taxis fleet by 2020
Electric Vehicle Initiative: Accelerate the introduction and adoption of electric vehicles worldwide
Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative: Accelerate the implementation of sustainable urban transport development and mitigation of climate change
EV100: Accelerate the transition to electro-mobility
Urban Electric Mobility Initiative: Harnessing technological innovations and better urban planning to promote low carbon transport
Global Fuel Economy Initiative: 100 countries for 50 by 50
The UIC Low Carbon Sustainable Rail Transport Challenge: On the low carbon track
Global Green Freight Action Plan: Reducing the climate and health impacts of goods transport
UITP Declaration on Climate Change Leadership: Supporting our goal to double the market share of public transport by 2025
 Global sidewalk2
Global Sidewalk Challenge: Valuing and delivering more walkable communities
ZEV Alliance: Accelerating global zero-emission vehicle adoption


City Initiatives on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport

In addition to the commitments at the global level, it is important to include sub-national and local governments in creating further access to sustainable, low carbon transport. Cities can play a significant role in scaling up sustainable, low carbon transport and facilitating transport’s contribution to a low carbon future. Since 2012, there has been a substantial increase in the number of initiatives and commitments from cities and mayors on sustainable, low carbon transport including Compact of Mayors, C40 Cities Clean Bus Declaration of Intent and Covenant of Mayors.