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HVT calls for a just transition to low-carbon transport as part of COP27

COP27 closed with the creation of a new fund to address the loss and damage caused by global heating, taking a small step to addressing the inequality of the climate change burden between the rich and poor countries of the world.

It was a theme echoed by HVT throughout our five-day side event, highlighting the need for a just transition to low-carbon transport.

The side event, in partnership with the Climate Compatible Growth Programme, took place from 7th to 11th November with three HVT sessions taking place, which included:

Making investment work hard to achieve greener, more resilient transport

Tuesday 8th November

Good transport infrastructures require big investment and time, which are two things policy makers are usually short of. Transport investment can become focused on shorter term investment priorities, trying to answer immediate needs of growing economies but failing to accommodate the longer-term needs to be greener and more resilient to climate change.

This session explored where and how decision support tools and data can do better to achieve infrastructures that meet the economic needs of lower-income-countries as well as the urgent need for low-carbon transport. 

Moderated by former World Bank Country Director, Henry Kerali, speakers included:

Opportunities for African cities to meet their transport and urban planning needs in a greener, more sustainable way

Wednesday 9th November

African cities are the most rapidly growing and youngest cities in the world, and they’re changing fast. This offers immense opportunities as well as challenges for urban planning to meet the needs of the people and the economic growth, alongside meeting the urgent progress needed to address climate change.

This session looks at the opportunities in urban and transport planning for African cities – considering trends such as transit-oriented development (TOD), where people live closer to jobs and services reducing time and environmental burden on transport and boosting economic growth.  TOD has become a go-to approach in many high-income countries but can it offer opportunities in low-income cities where economic development and urban sprawl has created very different cities to those where TOD has been applied before?

We explored how urban planning must take into consideration modes of transport relied upon in low-income countries that are currently often overlooked in urban planning approaches such as informal public transport and cycling.

Moderated by ITDP’s Heather Thompson, speakers included:

Unlocking a pathway to low carbon transport in African cities without compromising economic growth

Friday 11th November

Globally, nearly a quarter of all energy related carbon emissions come from the transport sector making transport critical to achieving the ambitious Paris Agreement. The contribution from African countries to transport emissions has historically been low compared to the rest of the world, but they are increasing in line with increased prosperity and growing economies. This session will explore how economic growth in African countries can continue without adding to CO2, in other words decoupled. And that rather than Africa’s need for improved mobility presenting a threat to the environment, could it be an opportunity by identifying new and better ways to develop low-carbon transport pathways?

Moderated by former World Bank Country Director, Henry Kerali, speakers included:

The side-event also included a session highlighting two new reports from SuM4All, which HVT supported, on e-mobility. E-mobility in Low-Income Countries in Africa: Finance, Governance, and Equity  seeks to contribute to the ongoing discussion on the just transition toward sustainable mobility in the Global South. It was prepared by a joint team under the umbrella of the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4ALL) Partnership with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) and the High Volume Transport Applied Research Programme (HVT).

A second SuM4All paper was also launched that further explores the opportunities and challenges that e-mobility encounters in LICs. Electromobility and Renewable Electricity: Developing Infrastructure for Synergies highlights that while electrification of transport is a central pillar of the much-need emission reductions in the transport sector, it will require substantial scaling up of renewable electricity.