Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

ITF at COP26

Climate change cannot be stopped without decarbonising transport. 

Transport emits around one-quarter of the energy-related CO2 that feeds global warming. It remains more than 90% dependent on fossil fuels. With a rapidly growing demand for moving people and goods, transport emissions are set to keep rising even if all currently planned decarbonisation measures are fully implemented.

Yet with the right policies, transport CO2 can be cut drastically: by nearly 70% between now and 2050. This would put the world on a path that would bring into reach the goal to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The ITF is helping policy makers to make this ambitious but achievable scenario happen:

  • Our Transport Climate Action Directory provides policy makers with a catalogue of transport decarbonisation measures that have been reviewed for their effectiveness. For COP26, we are adding 20 new measures for hard-to-decarbonise sectors such as aviation, maritime shipping and road freight.
  • Our Decarbonisation Transport initiative provides targeted studies and other tools for governments and the private sector to help them take effective climate action
  • The ITF Transport Outlook offers best-in-class modelling of future global transport demand to support strategic decision making by governments and industry.
  • Our Transport NDC Tracker monitors the level of ambition to decarbonise transport in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

The ITF also organises a policy dialogue on decarbonising transport. The aim is to raise awareness for the critical role of transport in combatting climate change and federate stakeholders from transport and related sectors like energy, tourism, trade and others for joint action to make transport zero-carbon and sustainable. To this end, the ITF hosts a series of events during COP26. All are cordially invited; please see for topics and dates.


Time (GMT)



1-12 Nov


UNFCCC Virtual Platform

 ITF Exhibit

3 Nov

09:00 - 10:30

OECD Virtual Pavillon

Side Event - Decarbonising Transport: Driving Implementation Actions in the Hard-to-Abate Sectors

8 Nov

16:00 - 17:30

Science Show Theatre
Green Zone

COP Presidency Side Event - The Role of Gender Equality in Decarbonising the Transport Sector

9 Nov

11:30 – 12:45

Strangford Lough (Armadillo)
Blue Zone

UNFCCC Side Event - Decarbonising Transport: Driving Implementation Actions and Turning Targets into a Transformation

9 Nov

15:00 – 17:00

Action Room 2
Blue Zone

UK COP Presidency – Transport Ministerial Meeting and Reception

10 Nov

13:00 – 15:45

Action Room 1
Blue Zone

UNFCCC – Marrakech Partnership Transport Action Event