The Bridging the Gap Initiative works actively towards integrating transport into the current climate negotiations.
Transport is a major greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting sector (13 percent of total global GHG emissions in 2007) and its importance will increase in the next years. Hence, transport must be part of the solution, i.e. any international agreement should recognize the sector, provide more incentives to move to a low carbon transport model and thus help governments move in this direction.
The Bridging the Gap group is actively pursuing the better integration of transport with climate change policy and specifically the UNFCC process by conducting a number of complementary activities to support this aim, including: workshops, side events and outputs and reports. Please visit the initiatives internet portal on transport and climate change and inform about negotiations, publications, news and events: www.transport2012.org
About Bridging the Gap:
Five prestigious organisations with strong international expertise in sustainable transport and climate change – GIZ, TRL, Veolia Transport, ITDP and UITP – are cooperating to improve opportunities for developing countries. The initiative was formed at COP14 in Poznan. All partners are members of the Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport.
The GIZ supports Sustainable Transport Initiatives to help people in developing countries to tackle climate change and cope with its impacts.
Based in the UK, the TRL is one of the largest and most comprehensive independent centres for transport research globally. It provides practical advice based upon high level research on sustainable transport and has been active in developing Post-2012 policy options for a low carbon future.
Veolia Transport is a leading international operator of public transportation. Their vision is to set the standard for managing safe and sustainable mobility solutions. Veolia Transport partners with local authorities and is a major environmental stakeholder. They manage urban and regional public transit systems under public-private partnerships and operate all types of vehicles, including buses, motor coaches, trains, metro systems, light rail, trolleys, ferries and taxis.
The UITP is the international network for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. It is a platform for worldwide cooperation, business development and the sharing of know-how between its 3,100 members from 90 countries. UITP is the global advocate for public transport and sustainable mobility, and the promoter of innovations in the sector.
The ITDP was founded in 1985 to promote environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation worldwide. We work with city governments and local advocacy groups to implement projects that reduce poverty, pollution, and oil dependence.