The Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) is an initiative of the governments of France and Peru, the Office of the UN Secretary General and the Secretariat of the UNFCCC. The LPAA aims to demonstrate that the transition to low-emission and climate-resilient development is both urgent and feasible – politically, economically and technologically – and that this transition is already underway. A series of 12 high-level LPAA Thematic Focus events during COP21 were intended to highlight solutions that hold potential to accelerate transformational change and to underscore the high stakes of inaction.
The LPAA Transport Focus event provided a platform for governments to join with companies, cities, transport organizations and civil society to present collective initiatives to promote cleaner more efficient solutions for urban mobility, road vehicles, and long distance freight transport, with the aim to change the course of “transport as usual.” Numerous initiatives presented during the event reflected a new sense of urgency in the transport sector to provide solutions to keep the world stay a 1.5/2°C trajectory. The Transport Focus event was organized by the Paris Process for Mobility and Climate (PPMC), under the strong leadership of LPAA partners France and Peru, and the UN Secretary General’s Office.
The Transport Focus event was organized around three primary sessions, which focused attention on the 15 transport initiatives linked to the Lima-Paris Action Agenda :
Session 1: Focus on setting the stage for transport’s central role in a forthcoming Paris agreement.
The session demonstrated the needs and opportunities for deep and forward-looking transformations of passenger mobility and freight transport, noting that is essential to make positive economic cases for these needed disruptions.
Session 2: Focus on taking action on transport, across four sequences.
A first sequence focused on transport's adaptation to climate change, illustrating emerging initiatives with a dedicated focus on the resilience from the road sector (e.g. through PIARC’s International Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Road Infrastructure) and waterborne sector (e.g. through PIANC’s Navigating a Changing Climate initiative). A second sequence showcased progress achieved by initiatives regarding long-distance freight, rail and aviation transport, noting that freight emissions are poised to overtake emissions in the coming decades. A third sequence highlighted urban mobility transformations, including walking and cycling, which detailed efforts to support the implementation of INDCs from developed and developing countries, and highlighted a move toward adopting integrated urban eco-mobility on a global scale. A fourth and final sequence focused on accelerating action towards fuel-efficient vehicles and e-mobility, through a broad call for shifting paradigms on motor vehicles through a coalition of cross-sectorial actors.
Session 3: Focus on action beyond COP21
Panelists discussed the importance of switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and noted that green growth is possible without sacrificing economic growth. Panelists emphasized that transport is also a social concern, as humans must have reliable access to jobs, health care, and other essential services. It was stated that if transport planning is done right through avoid, shift, improve strategies, then cities can be built in a more connected and compact way, through which financing can be kept low. It was noted that governments should set standards and push sustainable development forward, and that adaptation requires additional attention in the transport sector.
For more information on the key takeaways of the Transport Focus event, please visit PPMC website to download the report of December 3rd: