Public transport as a key enabler for carbon neutral and connected cities
According to the International Transport Forum public transport buses and trains can release up to a fifth of CO2 emissions per passenger-Km than ride-hailing and about a third of a private vehicle. A strong and well-integrated public transport network can also help provide equal access to jobs, education, services and other economic opportunities, particularly to those without private vehicles.
Investing in public transport is one of the most effective measures to reduce transports’ emissions and bring cities closer to reach their climate targets. It can increase equity and foster economic development, therefore - ensuring that public transportation is accessible, affordable, and inclusive is of paramount importance to reach wider climate and societal goals set by cities.
This webinar will explore concrete measures cities can take to 1) support the deployment of public transports’ services and infrastructures, 2) foster decarbonisation in the transport network and 3) guarantee its accessibility for all citizens.
Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with panellists in the Q&A session.
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With the launch of the new Covenant Commitment in April 2021, cities are now committing to becoming climate neutral by 2050 and setting mid and long-term targets consistent with the EU objectives and at least as ambitious as their national targets. With this increased ambition in place, reducing emissions from the transport sector is going to be a key element for the climate neutral transformation of Covenant signatories.
Our webinar series ‘Policy options to reduce emissions from transport’ will present different approaches and examples already implemented in signatory cities, which will give practical ideas on what type of actions can be included in your new or revised SECAPs.
Each webinar will also allow time for discussion around common challenges and point participants towards resources, projects and additional information developed by the expert organisations part of the Covenant of Mayors Coalition of the Willing on Sustainable Mobility, who have contributed to this webinar series.