International Transport Forum 2017

“Governance of Transport” was this year’s theme of the International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit held in Leipzig from 31 May to 2 June). Eszter Toth-Weedon, SFC’s Industry Relations Manager, participated to explore what a governance’s role will be in the transition towards a more efficient and decarbonized transport system.

ITF’s long-term transport scenarios are rather alarming: due to the rapidly increasing demand for transport, emissions from transportation will more than double by 2050 from 2015. Short term decarbonization options (e.g. Road Freight Lab by WBCSDHigh Capacity Transport) and long term, disruptive solutions (e.g. Electrified roads for HDV, Automated and autonomous driving) were presented.

Meeting the rising mobility and freight needs in a sustainable way will not be possible without structural policy changes accompanied by innovation. At the open ministerial session Chong Meng Tan (CEO of PSA Int, Port of Singapore) highlighted several important first steps. Amongst others he emphasized the need for good governance on data sharing, data protocols and data usage to enable data transparency and encouraged the establishment of platforms to optimize supply chains collaboratively.

Three new initiatives were introduced on the decarbonization of passenger and freight transport:

  • Transport Decarbonization Alliance (TDA), an initiative of SLoCaT, MCB and PPMC, which will be officially launched at COP23 in November. The alliance will consist of countries, cities-regions and companies and it will develop and implement an actionable vision and provide best practices towards the decarbonization of transport.

  • Decarbonizing Transport project of ITF was officially launched at the ITF's 2016 Summit and to which SFC is a knowledge partner. This data driven public-private partnership project aims to create the most comprehensive quantitative model of global transport activities. During the past year ITF developed initial content with a few project partners and its development will take two more years. Jari Kauppila from ITF showed an impressive simulation of the urban mobility model that enables the user to experience how different measures impact the full transportation related system. 

  • Sustainable Mobility for all SuM4All is a multi-stakeholder partnership, led by the World Bank that aims to transform the transport sector by making mobility more equitable (accessible), efficient, safe, clean (green).

In short, transport emissions are growing alarmingly, some solutions are already in place, but governance especially on data transparency and collaboration in the supply chain is necessary. Smart Freight Centre supports businesses in driving decarbonization of the freight sector. This covers measuring and managing performance – requiring good data and governance by businesses themselves. But it is equally important to ensure that governments have the right governance in place to help businesses to implement the practical decarbonization solutions that policies seek to promote.


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