For the first time, countries, cities and companies have pledged to co-operate in decarbonizing the global transport sector to ease climate change.


Roadworks halt traffic on the road crossing Parque Nacional Braulio Carillo in Costa Rica,
a member of the newly formed Transport Decarbonisation Alliance.
A lottery vendor appears to sell his tickets to the captive audience of drivers, May 15, 2017.
(Photo by Jean-François Schmitz)


They have formed a new international "coalition of the willing" with the aim of driving transport toward "“zero emissions”" by 2050.


The Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA) was launched in Leipzig, Germany on May 24, as part of the 2018 International Transport Forum Summit.


The Alliance spans locations in South and Central America, Australia and Europe.


The TDA currently consists of:


  • 6 Countries: Costa Rica, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Portugal
  • 5 Cities: four in Portugal: Lisbon and Matosinhos, as well as Gaia and Porto on either side of the Douro River; and the city of Rotterdam in The Netherlands
  • 6 Companies: Alstom, CEiiA, EDP, ITAIPU Binancional, Michelin, and PTV


A French multi-national, Alstom develops and markets high-speed trains, metros, tramways and e-buses, infrastructure, signaling and digital mobility solutions. Accomplishments include Coradia iLint, the first emission-free train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, and Aptis, a 100%-electric new mobility solution whose design is inspired by that of a tramway.


CEiiA, with headquarters in Motosinhos, Portugal, designs, develops and operates innovative products in automotive and urban mobility from its position as one of the 10 largest R&D investors in Portugal.


EDP, Energias de Portugal, ranks among Europe's major electricity operators, as well as one of Portugal's largest business groups. The company specializes in charging infrastructure.


ITAIPU Binancional, based in Brazil, is the world's largest generator of renewable clean energy at the Brazilian hydroelectric plant Itaipu Binacional, a hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.


The French company Michelin is the world's second largest tire manufacturer and a long-time leader in sustainable mobility.


Located in the Australian state of Victoria, PTV, Public Transport Victoria, is the statutory authority that manages the state’s train, tram and bus services.


To accomplish its goal, the newly formed TDA will facilitate discussion on decarbonization in global, regional, national, local and corporate policy processes.


By sharing experiences and best practices, TDA members will demonstrate that decarbonization is technically feasible, economically attractive, and brings broad social and environmental benefits.


TDA organizers expect that in the future the initial 16 TDA members will be joined by more countries, cities, and companies from throughout the world.


Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said, "Cities offer many opportunities to meet the climate goals in transport and at the same time improve spatial quality and the health of our citizens. We already see the changes in Rotterdam, but to scale up the decarbonization of transport we have to work closely together with the Dutch government and the private sector."


Transport emissions account for 25 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and are rising fast. The Paris Agreement on Climate Change requires a net-zero emissions economy by the second half of the century.


"Without firm action on growing transport emissions the Paris Agreement will fail. We will work with other countries, cities and companies with high ambition in the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance to spearhead the global decarbonisation of the transport sector and demonstrate it is not a dream, but a reality, with concrete existing solutions," said Elisabeth Borne, minister for transport, France.


The TDA is part of the 12 commitments made at the One Planet Summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in December 2017.



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By Sunny Lewis

Environment News Service (ENS)

May 28, 2018