Climate change

COP21 session - Mitigating the climate change impacts of urban travel

2 Dec. 2015
17:15 - 18:45
Paris-Le Bourget
Side event

  • Location: Conference Centre - Blue Zone - Delegations Area - Hall 3 - Pavilion 7

Increasing population, economic development and transport growth in urban areas require the urgent implementation of policies to address the burgeoning transport impact on global climate change.

Total transport demand has increased over the past few decades in both developed and developing cities due to increases in the use of motor vehicles, trips per capita, trip length, number of households, technology advancement, and declining prices. As cities transform, so must their policies and measures in order to reduce transport carbon emissions. 

  • What policies and measures are available and needed to reduce urban transport carbon emissions?
  • What are the priorities for rapidly growing urban areas?

The session addressed these key questions while focusing on some pertinent issues, such as passenger transport in Chinese and Indian cities, shared and automated mobility, fuel efficiency standards, as well as integrated land use and transport planning.

Key speakers

  • Philippe Crist, Economist, International Transport Forum
  • Wei-Shiuen Ng, Analyst, International Transport Forum
  • Michael Replogle, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, NYC Department of Transportation, United States
  • Sheila Watson, Director of Environment, FIA Foundation


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