Friday, December 4, 2009

COP15: Getting transport into the climate agenda
SLoCaT: Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport

The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport - SLoCaT - was established to provide opportunities for coordination and cooperation among organizations working on sustainable, low carbon transport. The goal of the Partnership is to get transport into the heart of the COP15 agenda. World Streets and the New Mobility Agenda are proud to support this most timely initiative.

Transport in developing countries is the one of the largest, and fastest growing, source of GHG emissions. At the same time transport is largely missing in climate change mitigation policies and actions worldwide. This is linked to an overall lack of sustainability expressed by poor urban planning, increased motorization, increased air pollution and noise, growing congestion and decreasing road safety.

The SLoCaT Partnership activities improve the knowledge on sustainable low carbon transport, help develop better policies and catalyze their implementation. Over 40 organizations have joined the Partnership, including UN organizations, multilateral development banks, technical cooperation agencies, NGOs, research organizations and other organizations.

The Partnership has 4 main objectives:

1. Contributing to sustainable development and the millennium development goals especially by providing access to or for goods and services by lower income groups.

2. The integration of climate considerations in regional, national and local transport policies,

3. The integration of sustainable, low carbon transport in climate change negotiations, and

4. Mainstreaming Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport in strategies and operations of international development organizations.

The Partnership has a multi-stakeholder membership representing development
organizations, intergovernmental organizations, governmental organizations, NGOs, private sector, and academe.


SLoCaT Partnership Members are committed to work towards sustainable, low carbon transport at the global, regional, national and local level.
* African Development Bank (AfDB)
* Asian Development Bank (ADB)
* Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)
* Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP)
* Centre for Environment Planning & Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad
* Center for Science and Environment (CSE)
* Center for Sustainable Transport (CTS) Mexico*
* Center for Transportation and Logistics Studies (PUSTRAL), Gadjah Mada University
* Civic Exchange (CE)
* Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center
* Clean Air Institute (CAI)
* German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
* EMBARQ, The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport
* Energy Research Center Netherlands (ECN)
* Global Environmental Facility (GEF)
* Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP)
* Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
* Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE)
* International Association for Public Transport (UITP)
* International Energy Agency (IEA)
* International Transport Forum (ITF)
* International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
* International Union of Railways (UIC)
* Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
* Institute for Transport Policy Studies (ITPS)
* Institute for Transport and Development Policy (ITDP)
* Institute for Transport and Development Policy (ITDP) Europe
* Institute of Transport Studies (ITS), University of California, Davis
* Korean Transport Institute (KOTI)
* Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism, Japan
* National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS), Philippines
* Rockefeller Foundation
* Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers (SIAM)
* Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
* The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
* Transport and Environment (T+E)
* Transport Research Laboratory (TRL)
* United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD)
* United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA)
* United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
* University College of London, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
* University of Transport and Communication (UTCC) Hanoi
* VEOLIA Transport
* World Streets
* WWF International

Do you see your organization listed there? If not, scroll down just below and you will see how to sign in to support this worthy cause.

Latest news:

If you look to the left column you will see that the latest news from SLoCaT appears under our "Latest World Streets Daily News Leads" rubric. We invite you to check it out when you visit here, especially in these days at a time when we are on the very rough road to sustainability that passes next week through Copenhagen,.

To join the SLoCaT Partnership please contact the Joint Conveners: Tom Hamlin, (Hamlin[at], or Cornie Huizenga (cornie.huizenga[at]

For all the latest information, check out their new website at

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  1. Lee Schipper, Berkeley CAFriday, 04 December, 2009

    AS one of the creators of this agenda, let me promote it by pointing out that the basic paradigm STARTS with sustainable transportation and reaps CO2 savings as a co-benefit.

    The greatest problem for the COP is that there are few key transport system stakeholders there at any time.

    That, in my humble opinion, may be a reason NOT to put transport into the climate agenda. Rather, put climate into the transport agenda and keep transport out of the reaches of the bitterly divided debate that is already apparent here in Copenhagen, where the police appear to be preparing for an onslaught.

    We cannot solve long-term problems of transport and land use in the more narrow confines of an overheated debate over CO2, however important that CO2 problem is looming.

    Lee Schipper
    Project Scientist, Global Met. Studies, UC Berkeley
    Sen. Res Eng., Precourt Energy Eff Ctr, Stanford U.

  2. Michael Yeates, Brisbane AustraliaMonday, 07 December, 2009

    Nobody said this was easy ... so it is too easily distracted ...

    In other words perhaps, the problem is a system we call "the economy" (as if it exists ... much like "the environment") but which we then assume or believe is effective .. yet it doesn't have the capacity (at present) to take full account of (i) the costs of inaction (often future costs ignored) and (ii) the costs of externalities.

    How long ago was the idea of "the green economy" or "green economics" floated ... then put away ... perhaps in the "to hard" basket?

    I'm high enough above the water to be thinking of investing in a jetty in my back yard ... unfortunately though its an investment for my grandchildren ..c 2090 ...!

    Here is hoping Copenhagen means I don't need to ...!

    Michael Yeates, Brisbane Australia ... where we now have the biggest houses per head of population and probably the worst rate of energy consumption per person - should no longer need to say "on the planet".


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