ITF launches Transport Climate Action Directory
Posted: 6 July 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The Transport Climate Action Directory is a public database containing more than 60 different climate change mitigation measures along with the evidence-base needed to assess their effectiveness.
The Transport Climate Action Directory, an online database of policy measures to reduce transport CO2 emissions, has been launched by the International Transport Forum (ITF) for public use.
The Directory aims to provide decision makers with a range of options that can deliver concrete decarbonisation outcomes for transport in their specific national context, helping them to translate their decarbonisation ambitions into actions. It specifically aims to support countries in the upcoming first revision of their nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for the 2021 Conference of Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
NDCs set out countries’ CO2 mitigation commitments and are revised every five years under the 2015 Paris Agreement. Transport contributes nearly 25 per cent of all energy-related CO2 emissions, yet only one in 10 of the Paris Agreement signatory countries have set CO2 reduction targets for transport in their NDCs, according to an ITF study.
The UNFCCC has endorsed the Directory “for use by governments, the private sector and all climate stakeholders”. UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, has called it “a key tool for moving from ambition to climate action” and “a milestone for integrated climate policy”. She said: “I hope that many countries will make use of the Directory when they revise their NDCs this year. The International Transport Forum’s Transport Climate Action Directory is a milestone for integrated climate policy and a trailblazer for a broader, cross-sectoral approach to combatting climate change.