Transport is both a challenge and a solution to climate change and international development. The Transforming Transportation conference, which takes place January 14th and 15th, will explore how local officials, urban planners and other stakeholders can turn international transport commitments into concrete actions on the ground.
Never in the history of UN climate summits has there been such a bright spotlight on transport. This is a momentous kick-start to promote widespread adoption of sustainable mobility in order to curb climate change.
Brazil has what may seem like a fortunate problem: public finance is too readily available for transport projects, and this can undercut the market and crowd out private investment. A successful example of private investment in public transport is Sao Paulo's Linha 4, which integrates disparate transit systems and improves access to jobs.
Thirty-four U.S. cities have now pledged to reduce their emissions through the Compact of Mayors, a global climate action coalition. President Obama challenged 100 U.S. cities to join the initiative before COP 21 in Paris later this year.