COP26 reaches ‘transport day’ triggering a raft of announcements and pledges

The COP26 gathering in Glasgow, which closes at the end of the week, is holding its ‘transport day’ today (Wednesday). At high level a number of ‘declarations’ by delegate countries have been announced along with their initial signatories, plus a host of commitments and news from suppliers and others in the transport industry.

Below are the main stories from the week so far, to keep up to date, just put ‘COP26’ into the search box on the ITT Hub News website – look for the magnifying glass symbol at the right of our menu bar.

What’s happening each day at COP26?: While the exhibitions and ‘fringe’ events provide hands-on and physical explanation, the real work of COP26 takes place with a raft of meetings between the countries’ representatives. Read more

Four simple goals to achieve for COP26: The United Nations (UN) has set out the four outcomes that need to be delivered for COP26 to be considered a success. Read more

UK launches ‘Clydebank Declaration’ for green shipping corridors at COP26: Signatory states declared their ambition and intent to support the establishment of green shipping corridors – zero-emission shipping routes between two ports. The naming of the Clydebank Declaration pays tribute to the heritage of the City of Glasgow and the River Clyde where the Declaration was signed on 10 November 2021. Read more

COP26: Declaration by 24 countries for 2035 deadline for zero-emission van and car sales: Opening ‘transport day’ at COP26 in Glasgow, a declaration has been made by 24 countries, plus regional governments and businesses, to accelerate the transition to 100% zero emission cars and vans to work towards 100% zero emission vehicle sales by 2035 at the latest in leading markets, and by 2040 globally. Read more

24 countries, plus regional governments and businesses, are to accelerate the transition to 100% zero-emission vans by 2035 “at the latest” in leading markets

COP26 declaration: 18 countries commit to ‘ambitious action’ on international aviation emissions: The International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition was launched at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow. Read more

COP26: Leading countries commit to phase-out of coal power: Major international lenders including HSBC, Fidelity International and Ethos made commitments at COP26 to end the funding of unabated coal. Read more

COP26: World leaders summit on ‘Action on forests and land use’ reaches agreement: Over 130 leaders, accounting for more than 90% of the world’s forests, have committed to work together to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 in the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use. Read more

‘If Glasgow fails, then the whole thing fails’ Johnson calls for unity at COP26: Six years ago the Paris Agreement made an historic commitment to end the destruction and devastation caused by climate change. “But hundreds of summits, speeches, press conferences like this later, those words and promises are starting to sound, frankly, hollow,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the G20 leaders. Read more

Grant Shapps’ design concept for electric vehicle chargepoint revealed: The project – commissioned by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in August 2021 – supports local authorities up and down the country by providing a blueprint of good design standards for electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints. It has been designed to enhance the charging experiences of residents, businesses, and visitors alike. Read more

UK confirms pledge for zero-emission HGVs by 2040: All new heavy goods vehicles in the UK will be zero-emission by 2040, the UK government has confirmed. Read more

Scania endorses global Memorandum of Understanding for zero-emission vehicles: On COP26 Transport Day, Scania announces another strong commitment to zero-emission vehicles with its endorsement of a first ever global Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on zero-emission trucks and buses. Read more

Panel discussion on stage at the Scania GB Net Zero Transport Conference at their new Eurocentral depot in Glasgow, a brand-new state of the art depot which officially opens this month.

COP26: Scania hosts net zero transport conference: In the backdrop of COP26 in Glasgow, Scania took the opportunity to host its own Net Zero Conference, bringing together a whole range of influencers, partners and customers from across the transport sector to discuss the collaboration required to accelerate impactful change over the coming years.  Read more

DHL investing €60m in Sustainable Aviation Fuel for its East Midlands Hub: A new deal with Neste underlines commitment to Sustainable Aviation: Deutsche Post DHL Group will save 70,000 tons of CO2 Read more

Logistics UK launches route map to decarbonise uk sector: The logistics sector needs to undergo vast transformation for the UK to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, according to Logistics UK, as it launches its route map today (10 November 2021 – Transport Day at COP26) to decarbonise this £127bn industry. Read more

Stagecoach urges COP26 leaders to put in place firm plans to incentivise people to use public transport: As attention turns to transport at the COP26 climate change summit today (10 November), Stagecoach is urging leaders to put in place firm plans to motivate and incentivise people to change the way they travel in order to meet the country’s net zero ambitions. Read more

EVBox Group calls on leaders at COP26 to recognise EV charging infrastructure as critical to meeting Paris Agreement targets: EVBox Group, a provider of flexible and scalable charging solutions for electric vehicles, is calling for the accelerated adoption of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. As a member of the TDA (Transport Decarbonisation Alliance), EVBox will join a panel discussion addressing the need for businesses, NGOs, and governments to adopt carbon-neutral transportation. Read more

Seizing the opportunity: COP26 logistics report: Coinciding with Transport Day at COP26 today, Logistics UK has published a special supplement on the decarbonisation of transport and drive towards zero-emission vehicles. Read more

Yutong marks COP26 by achieving 26.2bn zero emission kilometres: Ian Downie, head of Yutong Bus UK at Pelican Engineering which is the exclusive supplier for Yutong in the UK, says: “Having become the largest bus manufacturer in the world with 16% of the global market, this latest achievement by Yutong is particularly timely.” Read more

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport reveals 18-point action plan to deliver net-zero at COP26: Seven policy papers covering the challenge of decarbonisation across current and future transport operations and practice, developed as part of CILT(UK)’s larger policy campaign Routes to Net-Zero 2050, were launched at the Low Carbon Logistics’ event at Mossend International Railfreight Park at a Class 90 Electric Locomotive naming ceremony. Read more

HRH The Prince of Wales steps aboard Britain’s green trains of the future in Glasgow during COP26: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met with teams from Network Rail and pioneering train technology companies Vivarail and Porterbrook this afternoon (Friday 5th November) to find out more about alternative fuel trains and the technology which will play a major part in powering Britain’s green rail revolution. Read more

British supplier celebrates largest number of Yutong zero emission passenger vehicles at COP26: West Yorkshire-based family business, Pelican Engineering, the sole supplier in the UK for the world-leading Yutong brand, is celebrating having supplied a total of 62 zero emission electric passenger vehicles for operation in and around Glasgow during COP26 – the largest concentration of zero emission passenger vehicles at the UN climate change conference. Read more

COP26: The Cold Road to Paris: experts draw up roadmap to avert cold chain generated climate catastrophe: A team of experts including researchers from the World Bank Group and University of Birmingham has developed a roadmap to drive the cooling innovations – specifically for the refrigeration and cold chain sector – that could help to avoid climate catastrophe, as increasing heat threatens human health and productivity and rising global demand for cooling further raise the planet’s temperatures. Read more

First Movers Coalition created at COP26 to drive demand for low carbon tech: Roughly half of the emission reductions needed to reach the 2050 climate goals rely on technologies in early development, demonstration, or prototype phases.  To jumpstart this effort, the World Economic Forum, in partnership with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, announced the First Movers Coalition – a new platform for companies to make purchasing commitments that create market demand for low carbon technologies. Read more

The Coalition covers a range of industry sectors, with Volvo, Scania, Agility Logistics, DHL Group, Johnson Controls, Mahindra Group, Vattenfall, Yara International and ZF Friedrichshafen among those in the road transport sector to have joined.

COP26: Delivering on $100 billion climate finance – ANALYSIS: The $100bn target for 2020 has probably been missed and will be a main issue at COP26 in November, reports new impartial analysis by the House of Commons Library: Read more

ZipCharge’s revolutionary portable EV charger revealed at COP26: By bringing the possibility of home charging to all, the Go removes a common barrier to EV ownership that exists across the world. In the UK alone, 8.5 million or 40% of car-owning households don’t have designated off-street parking.  Read more

Look no wires: Green battery-electric train goes Forth to mark COP26 in Glasgow: As part of COP26, Network Rail is demonstrating its commitment to decarbonising Britain’s railway and supporting the UK and Scottish Governments’ net-zero goals with a showcase of two green technologies which are vital to rail’s part in tackling climate change. Read more

Stagecoach electric buses transport world leaders at COP26 Climate Change Summit: Stagecoach, the UK’s largest bus and coach operator, has partnered with leading bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis (ADL), to become a Provider to COP26, supplying a fleet of new electric double-decker buses to transport the world leaders and their entourages attending the conference in Glasgow. Read more

Hundreds of VIPs, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, got to travel in style on brand new, electric double-decker buses

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell ‘Ambulance of the Future’ displayed at COP26: Visitors to COP26 in Glasgow are viewing the world’s first hydrogen fuelled ambulance, created by ULEMCo, the UK hydrogen fuel pioneer, and their partners. Interest is strong in the working prototype vehicle, which incorporates a hydrogen fuel cell in the powertrain, can be refuelled quickly and is capable of up to a 300-mile range. Read more

Fully electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro transports delegates at COP26: The new right-hand drive eCitaro is one one of the vehicles used to transport COP26 delegates around Glasgow over the next two weeks. Read more

ADL invited by UK Government to show market-leading zero-emission double deck bus in COP26 Blue Zone: Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), is showing a zero-emission double deck bus at the 26th United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. Read more

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