Climate change and transport

Transportation accounts for a significant amount of global greenhouse gas emissions. Use this page to access global initiatives to tackle pollution and global warming.

Visit the research library to access research on the impact of climate change, the extent of the problem, and recommendations to tackle the issue.

EU members agree to tighten vehicle emissions testing
EC Technical Committee of Motor Vehicles, 2016

Member states voted in favour of implementing a third package of measures to improve real-driving emissions (RDE) tests for vehicles, expanding them to cover particle number (PN) emissions. The new rules will apply to all new vehicle types by September 2017.

Five West African countries lead the way in emission standards
United Nations, 2016

New standards to regulate emissions and reduce sulphur diesel levels in fuels and a commitment to upgrading refineries to ensure higher emission standards by 2020 launched at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) meeting.

Transport initiatives in the context of an action agenda on transport and climate change
Paris Process on Mobility and Climate, 2015

The shift to low-carbon transport could save the global economy $70 trillion by 2050; 15 initiatives covering transport are launched at the COP21 conference in Paris.

The Transport Community Comes Together in Support of Accelerating Action on Climate Change #WeAreTransport
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, 24/11/15

The #wearetransport hashtag and campaign, highlighting the role that the transport sector plays in combating CO2 emissions, is launched in Paris.


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