New global transport initiatives aim to provide clean public transportation and boost electric vehicles uptake

Four new global transport initiatives were announced at the United National Climate Summit in New York aim to guide the transport sector towards a low-carbon future and save trillions of dollars in fuel costs.

The new Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI), the International Union of Railways (UIC) Low-Carbon Sustainable Rail Transport Challenge, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Declaration of Climate Leadership, and a new commitment by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) are seen by the UN as crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The UEMI wants to increase the number of electric vehicles in cities to least 30 per cent of all new vehicles sold on annual basis by 2030 and make cities friendly to their use, while the UIC will promote the use of rails for freight and transport.

The UITP will bring together 1,300 member organisations from 92 countries to provide access to clean public transportation for those living in cities, and the ICAO plans to develop sustainable alternative fuels for aviation by working with partners to develop a global CO2 standard for new aircraft and to design and implement a global measure for international aviation from 2020 onward.

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