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With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

ITF: Multi-sector effort needed to decarbonise urban passenger transport

Urban passenger transport should become autonomous, shared and electric in order to bring down carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, says the International Transport Forum (ITF). But above all, multiple policy sectors need to be involved. The OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) - affiliated think tank asked 36 experts about their views on the decarbonisation of urban passenger transport. Their key points are listed in the report Policy priorities for decarbonising urban passenger transport.

Transport accounts for 23% of global CO2 emissions from combustion. Emissions from transport are increasing faster than in any other sector.

A lot is needed to reverse this trend. ITF’s report calls for a ‘multi-sector effort’ and ‘unprecedented coordination’ between local, regional and national governments, mobility service providers and vehicle manufacturers. The report also refers to technological developments, including automation, electric vehicles and shared mobility.

The benefits of these technologies need to be delivered through their shared use, rather than their individual use. Public transport, says the report, is at the centre of the autonomous vehicle revolution.

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The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.


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Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months

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