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Deep emissions reduction for transport

Currently, foreseeable policies to mitigate transport CO2 are not sufficient to achieve global climate ambitions. Transport will emit around 7.5 giga-tonnes of CO2 in 2050 - roughly the same as in 2015 - even if all known decarbonisation tools are applied. These were the key messages presented by ITF's Head of Quantitative Policy Analysis and Foresight, Jari Kauppila, at the Alternative Pathways toward Sustainable Development and Climate Stabilisation (ALPS) International Symposium held in Tokyo, Japan, on 19 February.

The Symposium, organised by Japan's Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), explored the harmonisation of economic growth and long-term deep emissions reduction. The meeting brought together around 300 Japanese researchers, government officials and industry participants. Mr Kauppila presented ITF's work on the Transport Outlook and shared mobility.

Following the Symposium, Mr Kauppila held meetings with the Korean Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA) in Seoul to discuss joint work on innovation. Discussions with Korea's Automotive Technology Institute (KATECH) reviewed an upcoming ITF project on the impact of replacing Korea’s postal delivery motorcycles with electric vehicles. Mr Kauppila presented ITF’s work on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and shared mobility in a seminar organised by the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) and met with KOTI President, Jaehak Oh (photo).

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