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Global transport sector emissions top seven billion tonnes annually – some 23% of total energy-related GHG emissions. Furthermore, G20 countries are responsible for 69% of global emissions in the transport sector, as G20 residents produce 1.1 tonnes of carbon emissions each year on a per capita basis, 20% more than their non-G20 counterparts.  As these figures make clear, in the absence of ambitious climate protection policies in G20 countries that target the transport sector, the goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius will slip out of reach.

Decisive policy action is needed to stop and reverse growth in transport sector emissions. This includes measures to strengthen public transport; the introduction of road-use charges; the shifting of road freight to rail and shipping; the promotion of electric vehicles and associated charging infrastructure; and the creation of incentives for shared mobility.


The 2017 report ‘Towards Decarbonising Transport: Taking Stock of G20 Sectoral Ambition’ is available here.

The 2018 update report, with a focus on the transport – energy nexus is available here.

The 2023 update with a focus on India, Indonesia and Brazil is available here


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