25 September - A new Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) was launched in Bangkok, Thailand on 25 September with the aim to actively contribute options and advice on the development of sustainable transport systems worldwide to inform the international climate change negotiations. SLoCat is pushing for reductions in transport-related greenhouse gas emissions, and urges that the climate change agreement to be reached in COP 15 in Copenhagen this December tackle this issue.
In addition to informing international climate change negotiations through provision of options, ideas and technical assistance to understand the complex interactions of the transport sector, the partnership will also play an active role in the upcoming sessions of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Its establishment follows the May 2009 Bellagio Declaration on Transportation and Climate Change, which called for overhauling transport systems with more sustainable, low-carbon solutions and approaches.
"I welcome the approach of the Partnership to focus both on reducing greenhouse gases and improving the overall sustainability of transport in developing countries," said Rajendra Pachauri, the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "This means that the Partnership will not only be a force for a better climate but also for a better life for people in developing countries."
Global transport-related carbon dioxide emissions are expected to increase 57% between 2005 and 2030, and transport emissions from Asian and Latin American countries can potentially contribute about 80% this increase ... if nothing is done. Transport in developing countries is expanding rapidly, and urgent measures and assistance are needed to ensure that this growth is sustainable on a more low-carbon path. Developed countries also bear responsibility for cleaning up their transport systems.
In addition to the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center, SLoCat includes the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank among many notable organizations. The Partnership currently has over 30 members.
"The access to goods and services is critically important for developing countries to engage in economic activity needed for development -- especially those with the least ability to engage in markets. DESA supports this partnership which seeks innovative approaches to rework the way in which transport has been developing. We must ensure access for all while limiting the negative impacts of inefficiency in transport systems, including greenhouse gas emissions," said Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General of DESA.
The Partnership for Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport was developed by:
- Asian Development Bank (ADB): is dedicated to reducing poverty in the Asia and Pacific region through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. ADB's Sustainable Transport Initiative (STI) promotes investments in clean, affordable, and safe transport systems. www.adb.org
- Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center: promotes reductions in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transport, energy and other sectors. The Center, together with the CAI-Asia Partnership and Country Networks, translates knowledge to policies and action. www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia
- Clean Air Institute (CAI): promotes a comprehensive approach to addressing air quality challenges and climate change in Latin America. www.cleanairnet.org/lac_en/
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH/German Technical Cooperation (GTZ): to improve people’s living conditions in developing countries. In the transport sector, GTZ is providing a global survey on fuel prices and initiated the Sustainable Urban Transport Project. www.sutp.org
- Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): is the leading source of multilateral financing and technical assistance in Latin America and the Caribbean. IDB assistance to the transport sector aims to limit GHG-emissions and minimizes other negative externalities, without compromising economic growth and social inclusion. www.iadb.org
- Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP): promotes environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation worldwide. ITDP works with governments, local advocacy groups, and international institutions to implement projects and advance policies that reduce poverty, pollution and oil dependence. www.itdp.org
- International Association for Public Transport (UITP): is an international network for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, and the public transport supply and service industry. UITP is a global advocate for public transport and sustainable mobility, and the promoter of innovations in the sector. www.uitp.org
- The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI): is an institution with a global vision and a local focus providing innovative and low-cost solutions for a better tomorrow. TERI promotes a sustainable and low-carbon future through the efficient and sustainable use of energy and natural resources. TERI carries forward its vision through in house research activities, training, capacity building and education. www.teriin.org
- Transport Research Laboratory (TRL): based in the United Kingdom, is one of the largest and most comprehensive independent centres for transport research globally. It provides practical advice based upon high-level research on sustainable transport and has been active in developing post-2012 policy options for a low-carbon future. www.trl.co.uk
- United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD): implements the Asian Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Initiative, a joint initiative with the Ministry of the Environment, Japan. This initiative aims to build a common understanding on EST and an integrated approach on environmentally sustainable transport. www.uncrd.or.jp/env/est/
- United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA): assists Governments in agenda-setting and decision-making on development issues at the global level. It provides support to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and a broad range of analytical products and policy advice that serve as valuable reference sources and decision-making tools for developed and developing countries. www.un.org/esa/desa/