The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the inextricably linked social, economic and environmental issues our societies must address to resolve ongoing inequality and climate action challenges. Pandemic recovery measures must not compromise but rather complement the achievement of broad sustainable development and climate change objectives and the goals of mobility for an equitable 1.5°C planet. Now is the time for international, national and sub-national regulatory and investment frameworks to enable the transformative force of passenger and freight transport decarbonisation and resilience measures, in alignment with the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.
The decisions governments and multilateral entities are making to support post-pandemic recovery will determine the degree of transformation we will achieve through the next decade. Regulatory and fiscal recovery measures play an integral role in achieving universal equitable access and systemic decarbonisation across land transport, shipping and aviation, through a balanced set of measures to avoid unnecessary transport, shift to low carbon modes and improve vehicle design, fuel efficiency and energy sources. Clear messages and transparent monitoring mechanisms on the types of investments that represent the best value for money and the greatest improvement in equitable access, jobs generation and reduced emissions are critically needed. It is necessary to leverage partnerships among public, private, and non-governmental entities to translate the fruits of short-term recovery efforts to long-term systems change. (SLOCAT Partnership)
These sub-pages provide further detail on recovery pathways: