Some headline comments from @COP23 Transport Thematic Day on Saturday 11th November ...
OECD International Transport Forum emphasised the importance of providing evidence and supporting information to enable countries to optimise their transport policies, but cautioned that transport climate policy is not one-size-fits-all.
The Moroccan COP22 Presidency confirmed that the creation of jobs associated with clean energy and clean transport is possible, including in developing countries.
SLoCaT highlighted that very few NDCs cover transport. Many countries don’t have a transport decarbonisation roadmap at all, whilst some focus only on certain types of transport. There is much still to do.
Pat Cox, the session moderator stressed the need for targets, projects, numbers and objectives: nice words need to be translated into real, measurable targets.
UNFCCC noted that the 2017-2018 facilitative dialogue has now started and that parties are increasingly looking for support and ideas from non-state actors on ‘how’ their objectives can be achieved.
Michelin Movin’On stressed the need to be ambitious without over-regulating. Governments should try to enable and facilitate, but also be clear and committed. Then industry will have the confidence to invest.
And specifically on adaptation, the discussion session drew attention to:
- the importance of both international partnerships and technical guidance in delivering adaptation NDCs; many countries need help in strengthening capacity and would benefit from technology transfer- there is a need to mainstream adaptation into government decision making- the benefits of adaptation need to be quantified and the business case needs to be made: the latter should understand and integrate social and economic losses- inter-linkages with other sectors need to be considered: adaptation is a multi-stakeholder issue.