Global coalition of countries commit to strengthening green transport

By State of Green, September 11, 2018

Today, Denmark and a number of countries signed the Birmingham declaration, which aims to ensure political action is directed towards reducing transport-related CO2 emissions.

CO2 emissions from the transportation sector are one of the biggest challenges in relation to climate change – both in Denmark and abroad. According to numbers from the OECD, emissions from global transportation are expected to grow by up to 60 percent by 2050. These forecasts are unlikely to change without political initiatives.

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This is why Denmark and a number of countries have entered into an agreement to strengthen the political focus on reducing CO2 within the transportation sector. Known as the Birmingham declaration, signatories  commit themselves to measures such as accelerating the transition to a green transportation sector, working towards a green public transportation system, developing an intelligent infrastructure, promoting a sustainable, circular economy and improving air quality in cities.

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”With the Birmingham declaration, we will be sending yet another important message to the car industry that the end is nigh for petrol and diesel cars. Together with other countries, we have already shown where we stand in the EU, with an ambitious reduction target for new cars by 2030 of at least 40 percent. Before too long, the Danish government will present our climate strategy, where the transition to a green transport sector will be in focus”, said the Danish Energy, Utilities and Climate minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt.

The declaration was signed today in the British town of Birmingham. The list of countries that are signatories to the declaration consists of Great Britain, France, Indonesia, Italy, Portugal, Australia, Barbados, Holland, Belarus and the United Arab Emirates.

Source: Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate (in Danish)

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