Thursday, 6 December 2018
Katowice, Poland


Transport is currently responsible for about one fifth of the global CO2 emissions and nearly a third of transport-related CO2 emissions originate from urban passenger transport. Transport also contributes with at least half to the air pollution in cities, seriously affecting the health of its inhabitants. The Paris Agreement on Climate Change fully recognises the importance of non-State actors in implementing the agreement. City-level activities in the transport sector are becoming increasingly important, especially due to the multiple benefits of urban mobility action, reducing CO2 while at the same time improving air quality, tackling congestion, quality of life, traffic safety and improving public health.

After a one-year break, we are very pleased to bring back Transport Day at COP24. 2018 Transport Day highlighted the strong role of cities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality by implementing measures in the transport sector. It showcased best practice examples from around the globe, with a range of presentation from various EU cities involved in the European Commission-funded CIVITAS Initiative. CIVITAS brings over 15 years of testing integrated packages of policies and measures to address transport, energy and environmental objectives. Importantly, the event addressed how national governments can support the potential of cities through framing activities for successful sustainable urban mobility action (e.g. national legislation, common planning tools, empowering cities, funding to cities). Ultimately the event aimed to lead to the improved treatment of urban mobility in the Nationally Determined Contributions being developed by States in 2019 and submitted to the UNFCCC in 2020.

Over the last years the transport sector already has made considerable progress in mobilizing action amongst non-state actors on transport and climate change, especially through the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC). PPMC is a joint initiative of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), the largest multi-stakeholder partnership on sustainable transport and Movin’On by Michelin. The PPMC, created in 2015 prior to COP21 has helped in developing the knowledge base on transport and climate change, mobilize unprecedented action by non-state actors through the mobilization of initially 15, now 22 major initiatives on transport and climate change. PPMC brings extensive knowledge and vision to decarbonizing transport through the development of a Global Macro-Roadmap: An Actionable Vision for Transport Decarbonization.

This Transport Day was jointly organized by the European Commission’s CIVITAS Initiative, SLoCaT on behalf of the PPMC, and was hosted and supported by the City of Katowice.

Press release of 2018 Transport Day is available here.


Transport Day 2018 at COP24
09:00 – 10:00 OPENING SESSION Moderation: Karen Vancluysen, Polis
09:00 Welcome Marcin Krupa, Mayor, City of Katowice
09:05 Introduction Karen Vancluysen, Polis
09:15 Decarbonising Transport – Vision Zero Towards 2050 Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport
09:35 Transport Decarbonisation Alliance –

Countries, Cities and Companies working together

José Mendes,

Vice-Minister for Mobility,


09:50 Responses from European

Commissioner for Transport

Commissioner Bulc and

José Mendes

10:00 – 11:00 MORNING PLENARY

From Global Promises to Local Action:  How national
governments and other stakeholders can support the decarbonisation of transport

10:00 Presentation: National framework conditions for sustainable urban transport, Susanne Böhler-Baedeker, Rupprecht Consult
  • Nguyen Thanh Hang, Ministry of Transport, Vietnam
  • Tomasz Chruszczow, COP24 Special Envoy for Climate Change
  • Yann Briand, IDDRI France
  • Nicolas Beaumont, Michelin (Steering Committee member of the SuM4ALL Initiative)
  • Sergio Fernández Balaguer, Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid, Spain
Discussion moderated by: Paulina Potemski, Deputy Head of the Climate and Energy Unit, French Ministry for an Ecological and Solidarity-based Transition (MTES)
11:00 -11:30 COFFEE BREAK
Breakout Session 1A:

Electrification of Public Transport

  • Policy priorities for decarbonising urban transport
  • Electrification of Polish urban bus fleets: the Operational Programme for Infrastructure & Environment
  • The low emission bus strategy of Warsaw: vision and achievements
  • Accelerating global electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • E-mobility in action – examples from the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative
Moderator: Artur Perchel, UITP

Philip Turner, UITP

Malgorzata Kubiszewska, Polish Ministry of Investment and Economic Development

Pawel Jankowski, MZA Warsaw

Magda Malewska, ABB

Oliver Lah, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

Breakout Session 1B:

Financing Transformation & Low Carbon Mobility

  • Describe current status and trends of climate-oriented finance in the urban transport sector (e.g. MDBs, development agencies, climate finance instruments)
  • Illustrate historic/projected growth of emerging finance strategies (e.g. climate bonds), especially in context of rapid growth in urban transport demand
  • Illustrate global transport financing gap and establish the need to increase financing to achieve transformation for transport to meet Paris Agreement targets

Ramón Cruz, ITDP

Ahmed Al Qabany, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

Marta Sánchez Borràs, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Daniel Moser, GIZ

Karl Mallon, CBI Board Member

Carlos de Freitas, FMDV


Breakout Session 1C:

Adaptation: Adapting to new climate in transport sector

  • Introduction to adaptation and transport
  • Outline of the UIC Rail Adapt Report
  • Resilience in urban transport
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation for critical coastal transport infrastructure in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • Adapting waterborne transport infrastructure to climate change
  • Making early adaptation a reality
Moderator: John Dora, John Dora Consulting Limited

Carole Escolan, International Union of Railways (UIC)

Andrew Quinn, University of Birmingham

Jordan Harris, AdaptChile

Regina Asariotis, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Aage Jorgensen, Nordic Development Fund

Laure Herbert, World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC)

12:45 – 13:45 LUNCH BREAK

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans: Planning for decarbonisation of transport in cities

  • Maria Perkuszewska, Head of Innovative and Sustainable Mobility Division of the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure
  • Paweł Sucheta, City of Katowice, Poland
  • Alicja Pawłowska , City of Gdynia
  • Maël Martinie, MobiliseYourCity Partnership
  • Marcelo Amaral, Nossa BH, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Discussion moderated by Siegfried Rupprecht, Rupprecht Consult
Breakout Session 2A:

Climate Action in Urban Transport

  • TUMI: Scaling up transformative urban mobility in its 2nd year
  • MobiliseYourCity Partnership: Introducing a GHG-emission quantification & targeting tool for urban transport
Moderator: (led by TUMI and MobiliseYourCity Partnership)

Wei-Shiuen Ng, ITF

Daniel Moser, TUMI

Markus Delfs, MobiliseYourCity Partnership

Marie Jamet, IFEU Institute

Ramón Cruz, ITDP

Breakout Session 2B:

Innovations in Low Carbon Transport

  • Innovations in the bus industry
  • Innovations in the rail industry
  • Innovations in the supply industry
  • Global business and sustainability
Moderator:  Cecile Texier, VP Sustainability and CSR, Alstom

Jonas Stromberg, Scania

Wolfram Schwab, Alstom

Nicolas Beaumont, Michelin

Rasmus Valanko, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Breakout Session 2C:

Walking & Cycling

  • “Walking for life” – Norway’s National Walking Strategy
  • France’s national cycling policy
  • Building a case for active travel – The assessment of CO2 reductions of walking and cycling measures in Lisbon using the FLOW impact assessment tool
  • Boosting active travel and improving air quality through Gent’s new circulation plan
Moderator: Marcel Braun, Rupprecht Consult


Liv Rakel Øvstedal, Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Sylvie Banoun, Ministry for Environment, Energy and the Sea, France

Pedro Gouveia, City of Lisbon

Daan Pelckmans, City of Gent

16:00 – 16:30 COFFEE BREAK
16:30 – 17:00 REPORTING BACK FROM BREAKOUT SESSIONS Session moderators
17:00 – 18:00 CLOSING PLENARY

Transport and Climate Change Key Messages for UNFCCC Process and the Way Forward

  • Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Director-General, Global Issues—Sector Policies and Programmes, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Andrea Meza, Director of the Climate Change Directorate, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica
  • Dominic Patella, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank
Discussion moderated by Maruxa Cardama, SLoCaT




Transfer to cocktail reception (hosted by the City of Katowice) by hydrogen-powered buses

Buses leave at 18:15, 18:20 and 18:25

Venue: Pałac Goldsteinów (Goldstein Palace), pl. Wolności 12a




The Transport Day took place at “Miejski Dom Kultury”, ul. Markiefki 44a, 40-213 Katowice. It is located about 10-15 min. walk from the COP24 congress centre (“Międzynarodowe Centrum Kongresowe”).