COP24: Options to decarbonise transport

The APA opening plenary of the COP24. [©]

Transport is the only sector of the economy whose GHG emissions are increasing globally, scientists have warned.

Particularly in Europe, road transport CO2 emissions have been rising since 2013 and road transport, in general, contributes about one-fifth of the EU’s total emissions of carbon dioxide. While these emissions fell by 3.3% in 2012, they are still 20.5% higher than in 1990.

The annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) is this year taking place in Katowice, Poland, where stakeholders will explore the available options to decarbonise the transport sector.

In general, policymakers are pushing for electromobility but many analysts say it may not be the only solution to reduce transport environmental footprint.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a report saying that the pace of transition in the transport sector deemed necessary for a 1.5C-consistent pathway must include more biofuels and electricity in transport’s energy mix.

Electricity and biofuels needed in tandem to meet climate goals, UN report says

First generation biofuels such as palm oil diesel gave bioenergy a bad name, but recent scientific reports have confirmed that policymakers must take into account all the available options in the transport sector to win the climate change battle.


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