Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

The project partners will cooperate developing and analyzing scenarios that consider the potential impacts on sustainable development indicators of sustainable transport Voluntary Commitments registered with UNDESA, considering leveraging effects that could fundamentally shift transport policies, investments, and pricing. This analysis will inform consideration of sustainable transport indicators and strategies as part of sustainable development goals in the UNís post-2015 development framework by 2015, and consideration of the mitigation potential of the transport sector for the post-2020 UNFCCC framework, building on momentum created by 17+ VCs, including $175 billion pledged by 8 Multilateral Development Banks towards more sustainable transport between 2012-2021.

Implementation methodologies

The core project partners (UC Davis ITSandITDP) will collaborate in developing scenarios and using tools such as IEA's Mobility Model (MoMo model) to evaluate baseline and alternative forecasts of GHGs, air pollution, fuel use, infrastructure, vehicle, and operating costs, and travel activity. The partners will cooperate in developing appropriate assumptions and methods to approximate potential economic and equity impacts of these scenarios through extensions of the current MoMo structure or through independent models that pivot off of MoMo inputs or outputs for various scenarios. The assumptions, methods, and findings will be guided by a Project Steering Committee, composed of all project partners, and will be subject to independent expert peer-review. A first round of preliminary findings will be presented at the UNFCCC COP-19 Transport Day 2013 in Warsaw. Further refinements will be presented in 2014-2015 to shape related discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals, such as meetings of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and a possible UN High Level Working Group on Sustainable Transport, as well as Transport Day 2014 at UNFCCC's COP-20.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, University of California Davis Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS), Inter-American Development Bank, International Energy Agency, International Council for Clean Transport and other partners
December 2013
Presentation of initial findings related to potential impact of Sustainable Transport Voluntary Commitments on sustainable development
December 2014
Report on Potential Impact of Sustainable Transport Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Development
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
$200,000 anticipated in-kind contribution of staff & technical expertise and data from project partners and Steering Committee
Financing (in USD)
50,000 USD
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: Global
Date of completion: 2015
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Michael Replogle,

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