Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies in the Transport Sector
Global warming is a growing problem and the transport sector is one where emissions are increasing fastest in many countries. In order to forecast the effects of global warming, various scenarios have been drawn up by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) or other organisations. In order to stabilise GHG concentrations in the atmosphere and reduce the potential for severe or catastrophic climate change, significant reductions in the emission of radiative forcing compounds will be necessary in the first half of this century. These reductions have been determined to be several orders of magnitude greater than those already outlined in the Kyoto Protocol. Countries that are signatories to the Kyoto Protocol are already working to meet the short-term targets outlined within that treaty and many are setting more ambitious medium-term targets. Countries that are not signatories are also exploring means of reducing their CO2 emissions.

The research study is intended to assist member countries in prioritising their greenhouse gas reduction programs and measures for the transport sector. It will address the potential for the transport sector to cost-effectively contribute to GHG reductions vis-à-vis other sectors. The study will then review and analyse transport-sector greenhouse gas reduction programs and measures in member countries and other significant GHG emitters and seek to identify those lessons that are internationally transferable. It will build on recent work by the JTRC, ECMT and International Energy Agency (IEA). The research will also be coordinated with ongoing work by the International Transport Forum (ITF - which replaces the ECMT in 2008) in preparation for the 2008 ITF Ministerial meeting and the International Energy Agency work in preparation for the 2008 G8 meeting.

The report will aim to evaluate the extent of the cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions available in the transport sector based on the best available ex-post assessment of specific measures and provide research-based advice on the best strategies for durably reducing the contribution of the transport sector to climate change.

For more information, please contact: Philippe CRIST
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