Information published on 28 April 2020 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 689.

SLoCaT has developed 10 messages on raising ambition for transport in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

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With contributions from many international stakeholders including UIC, the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), has launched 10 messages encouraging more ambition for transport in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are at the centre of the Paris Agreement and represent the efforts of each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to climate change. According to the Paris Agreement, countries must renew or increase their commitments by the end of 2020, by amending their 2015 NDCs. In the transport sector, targets are not ambitious enough yet.

This is why SLoCaT is today sharing a set of crucial recommendations for countries to scale up transport ambition in their NDCs.

In that context, following the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge signed in 2015 by a large number of UIC railway Members, UIC has decided to update the railway sector’s commitments by committing to take a leading role in the actions to mitigate climate change, by reducing companies’ carbon footprint even further and supporting a shift towards a more sustainable balance of transport modes.

“The recommendations have been compiled by the SLOCAT Partnership in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), and the World Resources Institute (WRI), following an open consultation with additional contributions from: Alstom, the Climate Group, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the International Union of Railways (UIC), and Walk 21.”

Sources: https://slocat.net/our-work/policy-and-engagement/ndcs/; https://unfccc.int/