Transport accounts for 20% of the G20 energy-related CO2 emissions. In 2018, G20 transport emissions grew by +1.2%. Several factors explain the continuous growth trend: increased economic development and global trade have increased passenger and freight transport. People continue to purchase larger and heavier vehicles in the US and increasingly in Asia and Europe – globally 36% of cars sold in 2018 were SUVs compared to 33.8% in 2017.
Limiting warming in line with the Paris Agreement goals requires deep cuts in transport emissions, even as demand for transport continues to grow.
– Phase-out of fossil fuel cars;
– Decarbonise heavy duty vehicles;
– Modal shift in (ground) transport.
For example, to keep global warming below 1.5°C, the share of low-carbon fuels in the G20 transport fuel mix (6%) would need to increase roughly ten times by 2050.
Climate Transparency partners are working in G20 countries towards this goal by:
– Providing analysis and recommendations on how a decarbonisation can be achieved;
– Involving decision-makers and change agents to share learnings, discuss challenges and opportunities;
– Engaging in cross-country learnings to increase awareness, knowledge and also capacity.
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