IRU, the world transport organisation, has launched a Green Compact for collective global action to achieve carbon neutrality in commercial road transport services by 2050.
Decarbonising the sector, comprising more than 65 million heavy-duty vehicles and accounting for approximately 2.5% of global CO2 emissions, is essential to achieve global climate goals, including those set out in the 2016 Paris Agreement. IRU’s Green Compact lays out a clear roadmap to cut CO2 emissions by at least 3 billion tonnes annually.
In adopting the Green Compact, IRU members were united in their historic commitment to address the enormous scope of the challenge, while at the same time maintaining competitive mobility and logistics services for the economies and communities that depend on them.
“Road transport performs a huge range of services: moving people and goods, over short and long distances, with light and heavy loads, in urban and rural areas. Almost every journey for people or goods involves some element of road transport, so we need to decarbonise without compromising the services we provide,” said IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto.
The Green Compact maps collective action from industry and government on new technology and infrastructure, modified operational practices and better collective services for transport users.