About the initiative

Transport is a major source of greenhouse gases (GHG) especially CO2 and is responsible for 13% of global GHG emissions and 23% of energy related CO2 emissions according to the International Energy Agency. Indeed if emissions from transport and buildings are not addressed and efforts made to mitigate and manage the present trends most of the efforts made in other sectors will have little or no effect.  

CO2 emissions from transport are growing strongly in the developing world especially in urban areas while they are slowly declining in some of the developed world. The World Resources Institute (WRI) reviewed
worldwide GHG emissions in 2005, and estimated that transport is one of the three highest emitting activity sectors in the global economy. Only electricity generation and the industry sector have higher emissions (Herzog, T. WRI, 2005).

Therefore transport, and especially land transport, must be part of the post 2015 international agreement. Any future international agreements should recognise the mitigation potential of the sector and provide more incentives to move to a low carbon transport model, and thus help governments move in this direction. Bridging the Gap is working with the land transport sector and decision makers. We aim to help establish understanding on the importance of the transport sector and bring about the change that is needed to make low carbon sustainable transport a reality.

The multi-stakeholder initiative "Bridging the Gap: Pathways for Transport in a Post 2012 process" partners are CODATU; GIZ; ITDP; KOTI; Transdev; TRL; UITP; and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. It was formed at COP14 in Poznan to encourage international recognition that land transport should play a more important role in addressing climate change in the post 2012 agreement and to ‘bridge the gap’ between the land transport sector and international climate change policy .

The value of our work is reinforced by the positive feedback from our reports, workshops, side events, the large number of subscribers to our newsletter and the traffic to our website
as well as the numerous visitors at our stands at the major UNFCCC events (COP and SB). All information and reports can be downloaded from this website

Information material about the initiative

Please download the Bridging the Gap flyer and brochure for our objectives and activities.

Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport

All Partners of the Bridging the Gap initiative are also members of the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (www.slocat.net) launched in September 2009.

SLoCaT (the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport) improves the knowledge on sustainable low carbon transport, helps develop better policies and catalyze their implementation. Over 70 organisations have joined the Partnership, including UN agencies, multilateral development banks, technical cooperation agencies, NGOs, research organisations and others.

SLoCaT is a voluntary multi-stakeholder initiative that contributes to the implementation of the outcomes of Rio + 20 and the development of the Sustainable Development Goals and is a documented on the UN Partnership website.

Bridging the Gap and SLoCat are jointly organising the Transport Day 2014 in Lima at COP 20 on Sunday 7th December 2014.