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Decarbonising Transport Newsletter 30 November 2018
from the International Transport Forum
Dear Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you all well and ready for the upcoming 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24). We hope you will join us at COP24, where ITF is actively involved in numerous events and we invite you to participate. As a focal point for transport under the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, we are facilitating and delivering messages from the transport community to the UNFCCC policy process.
We have made progress on both the quantitative and policy dialogue aspects of our Decarbonising Transport initiative. For example, the French Ministry for an Ecological and Solidary Transition has asked ITF to launch a vehicle purchase survey in France to better understand French consumers’ preferences on a range of electric vehicles. We have also submitted key outcomes from the ITF Ministers' Roundtable on Transport and Climate Change that took place at the ITF 2018 Summit in Leipzig on 23 May 2018 as an input to the Talanoa Dialogue. The findings reflect the policy priorities and challenges that were discussed in the highest level dialogue conducted among transport Ministers and leaders of international organisations and industry on transport and climate change.

It is clear that transport will continue to play a critical role in advancing national climate goals within the Paris Agreement and beyond. The complexity of the transport and climate change challenge requires co-operation and collaboration among sectors, countries and between countries and cities. We will continue to work with existing partners to create an inclusive dialogue, and we welcome new partners to engage in the Decarbonising Transport initiative as we move forward to transform commitments into actions and measures for the transport sector.

Kindest regards,

Wei-Shiuen Ng
Policy Analyst and Modeller, ITF 
UNFCCC Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action - Transport Thematic Group Focal Point

ITF at COP24

ITF at COP24
Climate change cannot be stopped without decarbonising transport. ITF will carry this message to the COP24 climate change conference over several events:

Shared Mobility: The Power to Slash CO2
Friday, 7 December | 13:00 - 14:00
Action Hub

Scaling Up Climate Action in the Transport Sector
MP-GCA Transport Action Event
Friday, 7 December | 15:00 – 18:00
Lubelskie Climate Action Room 3 (Zone A)

Policy Pathways for Decarbonising Transport
Official UNFCCC side event jointly organised by ITF with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and International Union of Railways (UIC) 
Friday, 7 December  | 18:30 - 20:00
Room Pieniny

Climate Action Plans for Ports: Improving Mitigation and Resilience Measures
MP-GCA Cross-cutting Roundtable on Oceans and Transport
Monday, 10 December | 16:45 – 18:15
Climate Action Room 2 (Zone A)

New Policy Briefs for COP24

On Course Towards Carbon-neutral Shipping?
The first-ever CO2 emissions targets for international shipping were adopted by the International Maritime Organisation in April 2018. Which measures will make the strategy work? Read the Policy Brief
Photo: Flickr cc | melfoody
How transport CO2 reduction pledges fall short
Climate change cannot be stopped without decarbonising transport. Yet current transport COreduction commitments are not enough to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. A better understanding of transport's potential to contribute to achieving national COreduction targets can help. Read the Policy Brief
Photo: Flickr cc | Renato Oliveira​
Further Policy Briefs will be released during COP24. Subscribe to ITF Policy Briefs here to receive email updates.

Talanoa Dialogue inputs for COP24

The final ITF Talanoa Dialogue inputs are now available. The dialogue process collects experiences from stakeholders for a collective stocktaking of progress made towards the goals of the Paris Agreement in the run-up to COP24. These inputs provide a response to the third dialogue question "How do we get there?"

Key Findings from ITF Ministers' Roundtable on Transport and Climate Change

Decarbonising Urban Passenger Transport

Decarbonising Road Freight Transport

Project Milestones: Update

Advancing alternative fuel policies for shipping
The global discussion aimed at finding short-term COreductions for shipping has been bolstered by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) targets adopted this year. ITF convened a workshop of around 50 international experts (photo) to explore the use of alternative fuels, widely considered to be important, but still fairly unexplored in terms of relevant policies and measures. Read more
Decarbonising Transport in Europe
The ITF and the European Commission have launched a three-year project on Decarbonising Transport in the European Union (DTEU) that began on 1 November. This project will help identify policy pathways for reducing transport CO2 emissions in Europe, through the development of Europe-wide transport models, data collection and scenario analyses. It will also strengthen co-operation and consensus building among local, national and international stakeholders. The project is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020.
A new survey on better understanding vehicle choice will query the behavioural habits of 1 500 French households that have recently bought a car. Survey results will be used to construct a vehicle fleet model that will forecast the penetration rate of electric vehicles in France and provide policy insights.

Upcoming meetings and events

COP24: 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
3 - 14 December 2018 | Katowice, Poland

There will be two Decarbonising Transport initiative Workshops in 2019, on aviation and inter-urban transport. More information on these in subsequent newsletters.
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