Spotlighting G20 Transport and Climate Protection Policies

  • Project Duration: 08/2017 - 11/2018

Global carbon reduction targets are threatened by rising road transport emissions in G20 countries. How can we reverse this trend?

Global transport sector emissions top seven billion tonnes annually – some 23% of total energy-related GHG emissions. Furthermore, G20 countries are responsible for 69% of global emissions in the transport sector, as G20 residents produce 1.1 tonnes of carbon emissions each year on a per capita basis, 20% more than their non-G20 counterparts.  As these figures make clear, in the absence of ambitious climate protection policies in G20 countries that target the transport sector, the goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius will slip out of reach.

Decisive policy action is needed to stop and reverse growth in transport sector emissions. This includes measures to strengthen public transport; the introduction of road-use charges; the shifting of road freight to rail and shipping; the promotion of electric vehicles and associated charging infrastructure; and the creation of incentives for shared mobility.

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