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Today’s COP26 Presidency Programme tackles the issue of transport, specifically, how to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles.

This goal is important because the emissions from road transport are the fastest growing of any sector.  The decarbonization of the transport sector would be a significant step towards creating a cleaner, healthier and more affordable future. The transition to zero emission vehicles is already underway, bringing the benefits of job creation, less air pollution, and reducing the costs of car ownership. A British company being launched at the COP26 on Friday will unveil technology it claims could enable zero-carbon emission flights running on liquid ammonia by 2030.

To meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, this transition needs to happen at a faster rate, and must be applied not only to cars, but also to buses, lorries, buses, and trucks. For the majority of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), part of the long-term strategy for reducing emissions will be a gradual phasing out of gasoline and diesel in the transport sector.

Research has illustrated that SIDS are uniquely positioned  to transition faster to low-carbon road transport, if they effectively utilize three distinct characteristics inherent to islands: Their insular nature, urbanization patterns, and role of tourism. As isolated islands, SIDS can optimise their potential to implement a sustainable transport system as there is no interconnection with the land transport of other countries, making restructuring faster than that of networked and connected continental countries.

Three climate vulnerable Pacific nations have asked the world’s governments to agree to aim to make international shipping emissions-free by 2050. In a proposal to the UN’s shipping body, the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Kiribati cited a major report published earlier this year summarising the latest climate science.

In 2018, shipping produced more than a billion tons of carbon dioxide, more than the annual emissions of Germany. The island states’ proposal will be considered at the International Maritime Organization’s next environmental committee meeting on 22-26 November, shortly after UN climate talks at COP26.

Key themes for COP26


Secure global net zero and keep 1.5 degrees within reach.


Urgently adapt to protect communities and natural habitats.


Green transformation of financial systems.


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Today’s Island-related events

Leveraging the use of geospatial information technology and satellite data for improved climate resilience and disaster risk management

Time: 09:00 – 10:30 GMT
Location: Commonwealth Pavilion

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Panel Event: Urban Resilience and the NDCs

Time: 11:15 – 12:45 GMT
Location: Blue Zone

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Strategies for Rapidly Scaling Solar Investment: The key to climate change mitigation, energy access, and energy security

Time: 16:30 – 08:00 GMT
Location: Commonwealth Pavilion

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