Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

DT Implement

The DT Implement project supports countries in their transition to low carbon transport systems. It promotes a shift to sustainable and smart passenger and freight transport and the use of clean energy.

The project - part of ITF's Decarbonising Transport (DT) initiative - advances policies and technologies that improve energy efficiency and reductions in CO2 and local pollution from transport. In addition, it develops policies that enhance social equity and inclusivity while helping economic growth.

DT Implement has a specific focus on "hard to abate" transport modes, including heavy-duty road freight transport, shipping and aviation.

The transport sector is responsible for 23% of direct energy-related CO2 emissions, 3 to 4% more when accounting for emissions on a well-to-wheel basis, and even more when taking into account vehicle manufacturing and infrastructure construction.

The sector remains directly dependent on oil for 92% of its energy end-use. ITF modelling scenarios show that current policy actions and plans to decarbonise transport are insufficient to meet international CO2 reduction targets, despite the importance of the transport sector to achieve climate goals.

There are encouraging signals from the deployment of solutions widening the share of transport using energy-efficient modes and optimising available capacity factors, across all modes. There are also signs of the cost-effective transition of light-duty vehicles towards electrification and, thanks to this, low-carbon energy sources. Other transport modes, like heavy-duty road freight transport, shipping and aviation, face more significant challenges to achieving a cost-effective transition.

To achieve both cost-effectiveness and substantial GHG emission reductions in these sectors, we need coordinated policy action and international cooperation to develop, deploy, and scale up existing and innovative solutions.

The ITF created three country-led stakeholder fora or "common interest groups", focusing on heavy-duty road freight transport, shipping and aviation. These fora bring together experts from governments, industry, the research community and NGOs for peer-to-peer exchange and mutual learning.

Each group plans to meet four times within the project's two-year timeframe (2021-2022) and will focus on concrete policy and technology solutions to achieve significant CO2 reductions in their targeted sector.

Each of the three groups will publish one intermediate and one final report. The final report aims to outline a clear policy pathway to deploy and upscale the group's concrete CO2 reduction solution(s).

The ITF Secretariat organises the meetings, the principal research, and the drafting of reports. Inputs from each groups' stakeholders feed into this work.

The reports will clarify best policy practices and lessons learnt. They will define a policy pathway to achieve decarbonisation for each sector and will follow from the specific solutions identified in the groups.

The ITF Summit of transport ministers and the ITF's role in the UNFCCC Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action will, along with other opportunities, help raise the visibility of the project and its outputs.

The fora are open to ITF member states, other invited countries and key transport stakeholders. They aim to identify common transport research and innovation priorities and take action to facilitate their development, deployment, and commercialisation.

The DT Implement project is part of ITF's Decarbonising Transport initiative

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