Vision 2050

We have less than 15 years to cut global CO2 emissions in half, and 30 years to get to net zero if we want any chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.


The bottom line is that a sector that is almost exclusively dependent on a single energy source, petroleum, operating on infrastructure that represents trillions of dollars of investment over many decades, must change substantially in little more than a generation.

Light vehicles

Heavy vehicles


Maritime shipping



In our Vision 2050 paper, we address four questions that are central to the ICCT’s vision for decarbonizing the global transportation sector.

1. What is the baseline trajectory of global transportation emissions from 2020 to 2050 by country and by vehicle segment?

2. What is the magnitude of reductions needed if the global transport sector is to contribute to keeping global temperature rise below 1.5°C?

3. What is an ambitious yet feasible set of policies and technologies for decarbonizing the transportation sector by mid-century?

4. What are the highest priority focus areas over the next five years?