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. There are now 21 MPGCA Transport Initiatives which include both passenger and freight transport and touch on all transport sectors and modes.
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 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 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.
The Second Progress Report is available here.
The initiatives (in alphabetical order) include:
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.READ MORE