Wednesday, 18 May

Towards green vehicles and beyond! How the EU's taxonomy could reach beyond vehicles


The taxonomy regulation is not 100% in sync with EU transport policy. The Eurovignette directive, the TEN-T regulation, sustainable urban mobility plans and the EU Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy are very much about managing traffic to make road transport sustainable. The Taxonomy regulation could do more to encourage investment in smart transport.  

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Closing the global transport infrastructure investment gap: A booster for more inclusive societies and a climate friendly future

The World Bank & German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Sustainable Transport can be an engine for economic prosperity and inclusive societies and is an essential element toward reaching the Paris Climate Agreement. Yet, investment in the sector is lagging: It is estimated that governments globally face an annual transport infrastructure financing gap of US$244 to US$944 billion through 2030. Emerging and developing countries face rapidly growing demand for transport infrastructure, while OECD+ countries must replace substantial parts of their ageing transport infrastructure in the coming decade.

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What is needed and how to get there: Zero carbon transport pathways and projects in action to reduce emissions

Urban Living Lab Center & World Resources Institute

Recent scenarios on the land transport sector’s role in meeting the Paris climate agreement goals of a 1.5-degree rise in temperatures show that the world needs to rapidly scale up electric vehicles while also shifting global vehicle travel from its current trend, particularly in the next ten years. The first part of this session will focus on understanding recent research on how much modal shift and electrification is needed and by when, and how to connect with health and equity in the transport-climate agenda.

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Sustainable aviation fuel for all: Harnessing public-private partnerships to deliver the economic benefit of net zero flight

Rolls-Royce & Shell

Aviation underpins global trade, but GHG emissions are rising. Decarbonisation of aviation will require global provision and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). To succeed, the world will need a huge ramp-up in SAF production and accelerated deployment of ecosystems in every country that welcomes aviation, offering the potential to unlock innovation and job creation for local communities.

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Are we ready: Benchmarks for inclusive and sustainable urban mobility

World Economic Forum’s Global New Mobility Coalition

We must accelerate the transition to an urban mobility ecosystem that has 1.6 fewer cars, 3,900 less Mt CO2, takes 75% less public space, costs 40% less to use, and enable a better integrated affordable and just mobility ecosystem. Context-based approaches are crucial to driving the transition to shared and decarbonized urban mobility for everyone, in an inclusive manner. 

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Saxony's paths to the public transport future

Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport

Saxony has a long tradition in transportation research and development. Today, digital solutions are the focus of activities. A simulator for training streetcar drivers, autonomous vehicles for public bus transport and digital solutions for railroad systems will be presented.


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Implementing the Global Plan: Second decade of action for road safety: Capacity building, monitoring and research and the roles of non-state actors

Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) & Johns Hopkins University International Injury Research Unit

Panel 1: Critical need to build the capacity of road safety professionals to enable effective ‘safe system’ based road safety programmes. 

Panel 2: Session 2: Non-state actors, their shared responsibility in the implementation of the Global Plan.

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Thursday, 19 May

Closing the gap: leveraging technology for inclusive and sustainable transport systems in emerging economies

Inter-American Development Bank, World Economic Forum & Microsoft

The session will cover challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in promoting inclusive and sustainable transport systems in emerging economies, by leveraging the opportunities brought by the digital revolution. Specifically, the panel discussion will cover the benefits of digital transformation to improve urban mobility, air transportation and logistics in emerging economies.

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Embracing digital technologies for more inclusive, sustainable, multimodal transport

Alstom, PTV Group & Uber

Since the start of the 21st century, an explosion of new technologies has dramatically changed the way people move about cities. From rideshare services and microtransit to carsharing, bikesharing complementing public transport networks, and transport journey and service planning, residents and visitors of cities around the world can now choose from an array of alternatives to driving a car.

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Putting climate neutrality on track: What works?

OECD Berlin Centre

Climate neutrality by the middle of the century requires a fundamental transformation of mobility. Rail transport can make a decisive contribution to this, but this requires extensive investment in rail infrastructure, digitization and intermodal networking, a CO2 price that reflects the environmental costs of emissions in road transport, and the right competitive framework. Are Germany, Austria and other OECD countries on the right track to harness the potential of rail for the transport revolution? What course does rail now need to set?

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Asian Transport Outlook as a common transport knowledge base for Asia and the Pacific

Asian Development Bank

The ADB has initiated work on the Asian Transport Outlook (ATO) to improve the knowledge base on transport in Asia and the Pacific. The ATO aims to help countries in the region to develop and implement transport policies, programs and projects. The ATO also tracks the implementation of global agreements on climate change and sustainable development in the Asian region. Apart from this, the ATO is of direct use for the planning and delivery of transport assistance by the ADB and other donors.

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Zero emission trucks are coming!

The Netherlands, CALSTART/Drive to zero, ICCT, ZEV Alliance, Germany, Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA) & World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

How can we accelerate the uptake of zero-emission Trucks? 15 countries have committed to 100% new sales in 2040 and 30% in 2030. Why? Because trucks represent 5% of road vehicles but account for almost 30% of CO2, and they are reaching cost parity faster than previously predicted. This makes the transition not only needed but within reach: the transition to zero-emission trucks is a cost-efficient CO2 reduction strategy with high potential.

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Friday, 20 May

Resilient transport for more resilient and inclusive societies

High Volume Transport Programme (HVT), International Road Federation (IRF) & Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All)

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the transport system in an unprecedented way and compelled us to go back and re-think priorities. Some countries and cities have managed the crisis with more resilience, others are seizing the opportunity to build their systems better. The session will coalesce the findings of several research projects initiated on the back of the COVID response and recovery programme by the FCDO funded High Volume Transport Applied Research (HVT) and other research.

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