5 June 2015 | UN Climate Press Release
Bonn – The secretariat staff of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be taking the Thalys train to the Paris COP 21 conference this year as a high-profile part of a low-emissions “Train to Paris” campaign, the heads of the two organisations said on Friday at the latest round of climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany.
Agnès Ogier, CEO of Thalys, and Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, announced the partnership on World Environment Day, underlining their commitment to save as many greenhouse gas emissions as possible during the transport of tens of thousands of delegates to the annual conference, where governments will reach a new, universal climate change agreement.
“By travelling with Thalys rather than by air, the UNFCCC secretariat team will save 58 tons of CO2 equivalent. A journey with Thalys emits 14 times less than by plane. These figures show how important the train is in terms of reducing CO2 emissions and meeting the 2-Degrees Scenario challenge which aims to limit the average global temperature increase to 2°C by 2050. Thalys is therefore delighted to bring the UNFCCC what we do best: offering the most sustainable transport and facilitating sharing,” said Agnès Ogier.
Christiana Figueres said: “I am always painfully aware of how much we all travel in pursuit of the global climate change agreement. I am grateful to Thalys for making it possible for the UN climate change secretariat and many delegates to travel to Paris in a responsible and relaxing manner from different locations on the continent. I encourage as many people as possible to not only enjoy this one time opportunity, but to continue making full use of low emission transportation options.”
Watch the video of the event.
COP21 in Paris will be held from 30 November to 11 December.
The “Train to Paris” campaign, involving services from around the world under the International Union of Railways, will include a synchronised network of trains arriving in Paris on 28 November from across Asia and Europe, with some trains originating from as far away as Mongolia, Russia & China.
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the important role of sustainable transport, and low carbon rail transport, both to reduce emissions and to adapt societies and economies to more extreme climate and put them on track to a sustainable future.
Committed since its creation to a socially responsible approach, with respect for the environment firmly anchored in its values, Thalys is part of the solution against climate change. Thalys will thus be the official transporter for the Bonn United Nations secretariat delegation and also welcomes all other European political decision makers, government representatives, CEOs, non-governmental organizations and the media who are departing from Bonn and Brussels to the Paris conference.
About the UNFCCC
With 196 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. For the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. In Doha in 2012, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol adopted an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes the second commitment period under the Protocol. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.
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