The decarbonization toolbox is ready. Are you?


The decarbonization toolbox is ready. Are you?

If countries, cities, regions and companies want to contribute in limiting the global warming well below 2°C, as agreed upon in the Paris Agreement, it’s time for them to start taking action. That’s why the Transportation decarbonization Toolbox was created. As Yann Briand said at Movin’On Summit 2018, “If we continue with business as usual, when 2050 rolls around, passenger car ownership will more than double, to 2.4 billion cars, and freight transport will have tripled.”


Five international initiatives to get things rolling

The solution? A rigorous, extensive, research-based decarbonization toolbox for cities, countries and companies in the form of five key international initiatives, working in cooperation since COP23 in Bonn and the Movin’On Summit 2018 in Montreal. These tools are to dig up the most relevant data and apply the most advanced and holistic tools available, to:

  • Design a framework for your decarbonization strategy, or
  • Assess and predict the impact of various policy or regulatory options


Tool What it does Target
Global Macro Roadmap Overarching analytical framework along eight priority axes Country
Decarbonizing Transport Initiative Tracking progress of various mitigation measures, identification of effective policies for decarbonizing urban passenger transport, road freight transport, maritime transport, aviation and inter-urban transport City & Country
SiMPlify Holistic analysis of 19 city mobility system indicators along four main dimensions City
Science-Based Targets Company emission reduction pathways for four main kinds of companies based on SDA methodology Company
Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) Analytical approach reconciling narratives and modelling to build national transport scenarios represented by more than 60 indicators and eight families of determinants Country


Collect, define, decide and act

If you study your city’s commuting distances, the number of people using public transit, and the number of freight clients per kilometer in a given sector, you might explore the idea of using the subway for freight transport during the night. SiMPlify’s holistic analysis can help you assess the impact of implementing this strategy.

Or, maybe you need a catalogue of effective CO2 mitigation measures or get targeted analytical assistance to identify climate actions that work. The Decarbonizing Transport Initiative can help you ask the right questions.

Have you been tasked with reducing emissions at your company? Science-Based Targets, led by a consortium in association with the WWF, has developed emission reduction pathways for four categories of mobility actors based on Sectorial Decarbonization Approach (SDA). Figure out your category and get moving.


Nationally Determined Contributions

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are the measures that each country who signed the UNFCCC will take on to reduce greenhouse gases. The experts agree — these measures will not keep the planet under the two-degree global warming we’re striving for. The five tools in the decarbonization toolbox are meant to help countries go beyond their stated ambitions and actually implement the steps that will achieve the Paris goals.


This article is based on the working session ‘Moving from ambition to action with a triple-level toolbox to help countries, cities/regions & companies with decarbonization’ given at the Movin’On Summit 2018 by IDDRI’s Yann Briand, WBCSD’ Irène Martinetti, ITF’s Jari Kauppila and WWF’s Jean-Baptiste Crohas.

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