To meet the COP21 pledge to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, we must act now. In transportation, the world's third-biggest emitter, companies such as Total have decided to prepare the future and offer efficient solutions that are actionable immediately. That's the whole point of Open Lab Mobility, of which Total is a founding member. The goal is to think about the various solutions we can implement in our common interests and promote them at events such as Movin'On, organized by Michelin in late May, so that we can take action and rally people to the cause.
The passenger and freight transportation sector is the world's third-biggest carbon emitter, after energy production and industry. It currently accounts for 24 percent of emissions (9.4 GtCO2e1 in 2014), mainly as a result of energy combustion. That is projected to rise to 26 percent (11.4 GtCO2e) in 2030 under the business-as-usual scenario; in other words, if no concrete measures are taken. But countries did pledge to take action at COP21 in Paris. At this point, achieving the beyond 2 degrees Celsius scenario would require limiting carbon emissions from the transportation to 7.9 GtCO2e in 2030. We need to act now.
Action is the trademark of Open Lab Mobility. Instigated by Michelin, it is an ecosystem of innovations, brainstorming and solutions. It's a "think and do tank" — the word "do" being key — that will hold its major event, Movin'On, from May 30 to June 1 in Montreal, Canada.