ITF Transport Outlook 2023

The decarbonization of transportation plays a crucial role in achieving the goals outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement. The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD recently released its highly anticipated ITF Transport Outlook 2023 report, highlighting the importance of adopting a mix of policies to promote sustainable choices in transportation.

Promoting Sustainable Choices through Policy Mix

The ITF Transport Outlook 2023 report emphasizes the need for a comprehensive range of policies to encourage sustainable transportation choices. This approach includes investing in public transport infrastructure, supporting the transition to transport modes with higher occupancy or load factors, and promoting the development of more compact cities. By combining these measures, nations can create a sustainable and efficient transportation system.

Savings Potential in Road Maintenance and Investment

Governments worldwide have a significant opportunity to save an estimated $4 trillion in road maintenance and investment by actively pursuing decarbonization strategies. By prioritizing sustainable transportation options and reducing reliance on traditional road networks, countries can allocate resources more efficiently and invest in future-proof infrastructure.

Significant CO2 Emissions Reduction

Transportation is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, but the ITF Transport Outlook 2023 report offers hope. It suggests that the transport sector has the potential to reduce its CO2 emissions by approximately 80% over the next 25 years, compared to 2019 levels. This ambitious reduction would contribute to the global effort of limiting temperature increase to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Investment Comparison and Core Infrastructure

According to ITF projections, implementing ambitious policies for decarbonizing transportation would require 5% less investment in core infrastructure compared to following current policies. This dispels the misconception that sustainability initiatives are more expensive. Instead, ambitious policies demonstrate the potential for cost savings while fostering sustainable development.

Annual Summit of Transport Ministers

The Annual Summit of transport ministers, organized by the International Transport Forum (ITF), serves as a platform for global discussions on transport-related issues. This esteemed event brings together ministers from 64 member countries to address crucial themes such as climate change, supply chain resilience, and active mobility.



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