Having successfully worked to strengthen the voice of the sustainable transport community in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes and support effective action on transport and climate change from 2015 to 2020, the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate sunset in December 2020 following a mutual agreement between two founding entities: SLOCAT Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport and Movin’On by Michelin.
HISTORY OF THE PARIS PROCESS ON MOBILITY AND CLIMATE (PPMC)
The Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) was established as an open and inclusive platform that actively invites all organisations and initiatives that support effective action on transport and climate change to join in the process. The PPMC was created in early 2015 to strengthen the voice of the sustainable transport community in the UNFCCC process, especially with a view to the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in December 2015 in Paris and the Paris Agreement. During COP21 the PPMC was able to showcase the vitality and strength of the sustainable transport community in terms of action on transport and climate Change. By bringing together different actors and stakeholders in the sustainable transport community, PPMC made it possible for the transport sector to have its voice heard and speak with one voice on the important contribution that sustainable mobility can make to the mitigation of, and adaptation to climate change.
Building on its first success during COP21 and the adoption of the Paris Agreement, PPMC decided to widen its initial scope of action, moving from ambition advocacy to implementation advocacy, by crafting the Global Macro Roadmap (GMR) as an actionable vision for decarbonised, resilient mobility by 2050+. This approach was highlighted at COP22 as a UNFCCC-endorsed “discussion document” in the context of the Global Climate Action Agenda (later the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action), with the active support of the two High-Level Climate Champions.
OBJECTIVE OF PPMC
From 2015 to 2020 the PPMC convened the global sustainable transport community to contribute optimally to the implementation of:
- the Paris Agreement on Climate Change;
- the 2030 Global Agenda on Sustainable Development.
WHO IS PART OF THE PPMC
The PPMC was founded as a non-state actors coalition bringing together 2 complementary ecosystems to transform and develop transport in line with the Paris Agreement: the SLOCAT Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLOCAT) and Movin’On by Michelin’ ecosystem (former Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB)). These two organisations have taken the initiative for the PPMC. Together they brought together over 150 organisations working on sustainable mobility representing multi- and bilateral development organizations, financing institutions, civil society and foundations, academe and the business sector. The PPMC served as an open and inclusive platform that actively invited all organisations and initiatives that support effective action on transport and climate change to join in the process.
PPMC’s greatest legacy is the methodology it used to foster roadmaps and to move organisations from ambition advocacy to implementation advocacy:
- by deepening the GMR approach and engaging in a “differentiation work stream” aiming to develop regionally tailored versions of the GMR (see regional applications here);
- by inspiring major international initiatives like the Transport Decarbonization Alliance (TDA) at the One Planet Summit 2017 (see Transport at One Planet Summit) and creating seedbed of the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance’s Manifesto;
- by joining the Sustainable Mobility For All (SuM4All) Consortium in 2018 as lead of the “Green” working group and leading the Green Mobility Chapter of Global Roadmap of Actions.
COMPONENTS OF PPMC
The activities of the PPMC have been guided by two central principles:
- Integrate the climate change and sustainable development agenda for the transport sector.
- Put transport on 1.5 Degree Scenario – zero net emissions by 2050;
- Support the implementation of sustainable transport.
The PPMC facilitated outreach on sustainable, low carbon and resilient transport through a number of common messages on mobility, climate and sustainable development. Partners and other interested groups developed a series of knowledge products and disseminate these to stakeholders on climate change and sustainable development. Over the years, PPMC took the lead in organising a series of official and unofficial side events on sustainable mobility and climate change.
LINKAGE TO TRANSPORT INITIATIVES
The PPMC supported other initiatives on transport and climate change. This includes specifically the Transport Initiatives under the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (GCA) and the MPGCA Thematic Events on Transport at COP. PPMC played an important role in being the voice of transport at the Lima Paris Action Agenda Thematic Day at COP21, convening transport initiatives at COP22, COP23, COP24 and COP25.