Transport Thematic Day at COP 23


The Transport Thematic Day will be held on Saturday 11th November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. The event is organized by the Marrakech Partnership on Global Climate Action (MP-GCA) transport content group consisting of  ITF, PPMC, UIC and UITP.

The plenary discussion will build upon the transport related discussions in COP 21 and COP 22. It will review progress made by the stakeholders of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) in the development of the Global Macro Roadmap, presented first at COP 22 as one possible model to guide national, country specific, strategies for a synergistic, long-term transformation of the sector.

Six in-depth parallel sessions have been organized for each topic. Each topic will have its own statement on what the sector has achieved, what the transport sector can do for climate change, how the transport sector can contribute to the NDCs and LTERS, scale up ambitions, support existing commitments and ensuring the quality of sustainable transport services, infrastructures and systems.

Overview of Draft Agenda

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Date: November 11, 2017

Venue: Room 6 and 8, Bonn Zone, UNFCCC


Detailed Agenda

10:00 – 11:00        Opening Session: Setting the Scene and Achieving Future Goals (Room 8)

The Opening Session will set the context for Transport Thematic Day and will focus on the need to scale up action and ambition on transport and climate change. This session will highlight the critical roles both state and non-state actors play across regions.

       Moderator: Pat Cox, Former President, European Parliament

  • Elizabeth Borne, Minister of Transport, France
  • Young Tae Kim, Secretary General, International Transport Forum
  • Christiana Figueres, Convenor, Mission 2020 (invited)
  • Holger Dalkmann, Co-Chair, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Mobility


11:00 – 11:30        Morning Plenary:  Transport Initiatives: Scaling Up Action and Ambition on Transport (Room 8)

Since 2015 the GCA Transport Initiatives have been scaling up action on all modes of transport and bringing together thousands of State and Non-State actors to tackle climate change and increasing ambition. As well as reporting on the progress of the 15 existing Transport Initiatives, this event will also introduce 6 new Transport Initiatives.

       Moderator: Sheila Watson, Deputy Director, FIA Foundation

  • Sheila Watson, Deputy Director, FIA Foundation
  • Rasmus Valanko, Director, Climate & Energy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • James Grabert, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms, UNFCCC Secretariat (invited)

11:30 – 12:45        Breakout Sessions

 Policy Making and Target Setting for the Transport Sector (Room 8)

With a projection of growing transport demand, the goals of the Paris Agreement cannot be reached without significant reductions in transport emissions. Setting emission reduction targets is the first step to a decarbonising transport development pathway.

       Moderator: Mary Crass, Head of Institutional Relations and Summit, International Transport Forum

  • Nandcoomar Bodha, Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mauritius (invited)
  • Lucila Capelli, Advisor, Ministry of Transport, Argentina
  • Patrick Oliva, Co-founder, Paris Process on Mobility and Climate
  • Yann Briand, Research Fellow, Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI), France
  • Tranh Anh Duong, Director General, Department of Environment, Ministry of Transport, Vietnam
  • Yoshitsugu Hayashi, President, World Conference on Transport Research Society

Sustainable Freight for a Low Carbon Transport System (Room 6)

International trade will continue to increase for the next few decades, carbon emissions from global freight transport, especially road freight, will become progressively high. The event will cover road and rail freight and address the topics of modal shift and the importance of intermodality.

       Moderator: Pat Cox, Former President, European Parliament

  • Sophie Punte, Green Freight Initiative, Smart Freight Centre, The Netherlands
  • Andrea Schön, Improve & shift & terminals, DB Schenker, Germany
  • Nic Lutsey, ZEV Alliance, United States of America
  • Jiangyan Wang, China Sustainable Transportation Center, China
  • Bernhard Ensink, Secretary General, European Cyclist Federation
  • Sheila Watson, FIA Foundation and GFEI

12:45 – 13:45        Lunch


13:45 – 15:00        Breakout Sessions

Shifting Personal Mobility through Innovations in Transport Technologies, Systems and Integrated Planning (Room 8)

The reduction of carbon emissions in urban transport requires a mix of policies and measures that will target changes in both technologies and mobility patterns. Recent trends across the world have shown that travel behaviour could be shifted to depend less on personal mobility through innovations in technology, urban planning, public transport services, and sustainable transport systems.

       Moderator: Jari Kauppila, Head of Statistics and Modelling, International Transport Forum

  • Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul, Korea (invited)
  • Gunnar Heipp, Head of Strategy and Planning, Munich’s Public Transport Company (MVG), Germany
  • Mauricio Rodas, Mayor of Quito
  • Pex Langenberg, Vice Mayor of Rotterdam

Climate Change Adaptation for Transport Infrastructure: Opportunities for Engagement (Room 6)

The transport sector has experienced the impacts of extreme weather events in recent years. Therefore this event will showcase initiatives taking action on adaptation and identify how initiatives can help parties to deliver their NDCs and increase ambition. The event will conclude with a roundtable.

       Moderator: Marcel Beukeboom, Climate Envoy, the Netherlands

  • Jan Brooke, PIANC, Navigating a Changing Climate
  • Nick Craven, UIC, Low-Carbon Sustainable Rail Transport Challenge
  • Nguyen Thi Thu Hang, Deputy Director General, Department of Environment, Ministry of Transportation, Vietnam
  • Maria Cordeiro, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank
  • Mark Henry Rubarenzya, Head R&D Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Uganda
  • Eric van der Schans, Director Environmental Management, Port of Rotterdam


 15:00 – 16:15        Breakout Sessions


Accelerating the Adoption of Clean Vehicles (Room 8)

We will need to use all the available options if we are to transition from fossil to sustainable fuels and eventually total decarbonisation. The session will explore how the initiatives that are helping to scale the uptake of low emissions vehicles. The session will also explore what national governments are doing to support the uptake in both the public and private sector and the opportunities ahead. It will also look into the importance of other sectors and what is holding us back from creating smart and clean transportation solutions for tomorrow.

Moderator: Dr Annela Anger-Kraavi, Adviser on International Climate Policy and Negotiations, Estonia and Vice-Chair of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA)

  • Pierpaolo Cazzola, International Energy Agency, France
  • Reji Kumar, President, India State Grid Forum
  • Jonas Strömberg, Director Sustainable Solutions, Scania, Sweden
  • Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s Global Business for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, ABB
  • Sandra Rolling, EV100, The Climate Group


Reducing Maritime Transport GHG Emissions: Decarbonising Supply Chains (Room 6)

This event will provide an overview of efforts to reduce international and domestic maritime transport emissions. Industry experts will show how maritime transport can contribute to the overall GHG reduction effort and decarbonise supply chains.

       Moderator: Nancy VanDycke, Lead Economist, World Bank

  • Petroushka Werther, Shipping High Ambition Coalition/Department of Transport, Netherlands
  • Katherine Palmer, Lloyd’s Register
  • Francois Martel, Pacific Islands Development Forum
  • Olaf Merk, International Transport Forum

16:15 – 16:45        Closing Session: Next Steps for the Transport Sector (Room 8)

Key outcomes from each of the in-depth focus sessions will be presented and discussed by a panel of expert speakers. The session will conclude by developing a summary outcome with policy messages which will feed into the High Level segments of the MP-GCA on November 13th, 14th and 15th.

       Moderator: Pat Cox, Former President, European Parliament

  • José Gomes Mendes, Vice Minister for Transport, Portugal
  • Charles Marwa Isaya Mwita, Mayor, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (invited)
  • Tania Roediger-Vorwerk, Federal Ministry of Economic Development and International Cooperation, Germany
  • Nicolas Beaumont, Sustainable Development and Mobility, Michelin


November 11, 2017


10:00 am - 4:45 pm


Bonn Zone


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