Other / 30 Sep, 2015
C40 Clean Bus Declaration - Technology and Finance for Clean Urban Transport

Website: C40 Clean Bus Declaration
Contact: kurquhart@c40.org and gparik@c40.org

The C40 Clean Bus Declaration commits cities to reduce emissions from vehicles by adopting innovative clean bus technologies such as electric, hybrid and hydrogen buses. By incorporating low- and zero-emission buses, cities signing on to the Declaration help to curb greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from the rapidly growing urban transport sector and raise overall levels of climate ambition.

The Declaration is a call to global manufacturers, public transport operators, leasing companies, multilateral development banks, and other funding agencies to support city ambitions to decarbonize urban mass transport. The declaration was initiated by cities of the Low Emission Vehicles (LEV) Network and, aims to incentivize clean bus technologies and help manufacturers and stakeholders such as multilateral banks develop strategies to make such technologies more affordable for cities.

Twenty cities originally signed on to the declaration at the Latin American Mayors Forum in Buenos Aires in early 2015. Since the launch, a total of 23 cities across Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America have signed on, and others are encouraged to join.

In the declaration, cities agree to submit their 2020 clean bus targets. If the 23 signatory cities reach the targets that have been announced to-date, this would result in a cumulative 880,500 tons per year in savings of greenhouse gases.

In addition to city commitments, the declaration includes private and public sector finance as well as industry commitments. To date, bus manufacturers such as BYD, Volvo, Wright Bus, Optare, Mercedes, Evo Bus, and Alexander Dennis, in addition to the World Bank and Green Investment Bank, have committed to supporting cities in delivering fleets of new ultra-low emission buses.

The declaration can be accessed here.

Criteria for Initiatives or Commitments

Information about initiatives should broadly meet the following criteria:

  1. Inclusive: involving as many local actors as possible, representing a significant share of the countries’ population, as well as of the global population.
  2. Transformative: Commitments submitted should, as much as possible, involve short and medium term action plans and long-term visions, presenting precise emission targets and encompassing the main sectors that contribute to reducing emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change.
  3. Flexible: the commitments of local actors should be in a form suited to their respective capacities and needs. They could be differentiated on the basis of their national and local realities. Also, this would allow for international partnerships to highlight their achievements and be incentivized to further develop cooperation.
  4. Transparent: Monitoring commitments through quantitative and qualitative indicators will ensure credibility and clarity for citizens. An effort to harmonize the emissions accounting methods of local actors should be encouraged.

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