Polis joins the Decarbonising Transport project launched by the International Transport Forum

Earlier in 2016, ITF Secretary General Prof. José Viegas announced the launch of the Decarboning Transport project which sets a commonly-acceptable pathway to achieve zero transport emissions by around 2050. The project launch event took place during the 2016 ITF's Summit in Leipzig in May and saw the participation of nearly 50 international parterns participating in the initiative.

47 partners launch ITF the Decarbonising project















Image: Family picture. Polis Secretary General Karen Vancluysen can be seen in the upper row, second from the right.

The objective

The COP21 Paris Agreement of December 2015 created a political pathway for global CO2 mitigation efforts by setting up a five-year review cycle for national decarbonisation commitments starting in 2020. To help close gaps between commitments and delivery on climate change mitigation, the ITF is proposing a comprehensive project to help decision-makers meet their objectives to decarbonise transport.

The Decarbonising Transport project aims to:

  • Provide a common assessment tool based on a comprehensive modelling framework supported by dialogue with key stakeholders. This is essential for “clarity, transparency and understanding” of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions as required in the Paris Agreement for carbon emissions. This approach will enable the ITF and its partners to evaluate the impacts of different sets of measures on carbon reduction.
  • Enable countries and other stakeholders to translate roadmaps into actions that deliver results grounded in quantitative data.
  • Support actions to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals along with the decarbonisation of the transport sector.

This project will be undertaken through dialogue and coordination with all engaged partners. Emphasis will be on collaboration and mutual learning among all parties centered around a data-driven, crossindustry roadmap. This will be based on the best available modelling with input from a wide variety of stakeholders. It will provide decision-makers in government and business with the navigation tool they need to chart the pathways to decarbonising transport between now and c. 2050.

The Decarbonising Transport project will examine alternative policy options to enable better calibrated strategies by the next phase of commitments in 2020.


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