En Route to COP26

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En Route to COP26

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Five years after the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, transport emissions are still rising. Transitioning to zero-carbon transport worldwide is essential to keep climate change in check, literally clear the air, and support human health and healthy economies.

En Route to COP26—A high-level event to drive action for zero-emission transport now—is designed to accelerate collective and timely action. Scheduled to mark 12 months before the postponed United Nations Climate Conference under the UK Presidency, En Route to COP26 will put the key players—policy-makers, transport experts, corporate decision-makers, planners, and entrepreneurs— in the same virtual room to collaborate on driving action for zero-carbon transport now.

Co-created by leading thinkers and doers, En Route to COP26 will help countries, cities and companies across the globe to boost ambition, action, planning and implementation . The event consists of eleven sessions over the course of three days, covering a wide range of themes.

En Route to COP26 aims to:

  • Create clear messages on the centrality of transport decarbonisation to build back green equitable socio-economic systems in a post-COVID-19 recovery phase. Contextualised reflections on COVID-19 impact on transport in the longer-term transformation of socio-economic and mobility systems required for climate action.
  • Stocktake on Nationally Determined Contributions and Communication of Long-Term Strategies to assess whether they collectively provide the level of ambition required.
  • Sustain engagement and dialogue at the international level despite the postponement of COP26 to 2021 and hence maintained momentum towards collaborative action.
  • Build bridges with the Chilean Presidency, UK / COP26 Presidency, Parties and the Marrakech Partnership structures.

In the spirit of co-conception, co-creation and co-delivery, the event is co-organised by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), EuroClima+, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), FIA Foundation, Institute for Transportation and Development (ITDP), International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Movin’On, Rocky Mountain Institute, SLOCAT Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport, Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4ALL), Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA), Transport Scotland and World Resources Institute (WRI); in partnership with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and Smart Freight Centre.

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Sessions overview and confirmed speakers

Day 1

S1: Opening plenary

1 Dec 2020 I 08:30 - 11.00 (CET)

S2: How can national climate plans enable the transition to sustainable transport?

1 Dec 2020 I 14:00 - 16.30 (CET)

S3-A: Rethinking urban mobility and space

1 Dec 2020 I 17:00-19:30 (CET)

S3-B: Is the end of the internal combustion engine coming for freight?

1 Dec 2020 I 17:00-18:30 (CET)

S4: Green recovery and transport: what is needed and how to do it?

1 Dec 2020 I 20:00 - 22:30 (CET)

Day 2

S5: Sustainable maritime transport for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

2 Dec 2020 I 02:00 - 04:30 (CET)

S6: Decarbonising freight – a wider perspective of solutions, business experiences and government asks

2 Dec 2020 I 08:30 - 11.00 (CET)

S7: Catalysing immediate action in sustainable urban mobility - Do current opportunities help us deliverresults sooner than we thought?

2 Dec 2020 I 14:00 - 16.30 (CET)

S8: How to make the economics for transport decarbonization work during this global recession?

2 Dec 2020 I 17:00-19:30 (CET)

S9: Accelerating progress towards zero-carbon vehicles

2 Dec 2020 I 20:00 - 22:30 (CET)

Day 3

S10: Cleaner and fitter - a healthy global transport future

3 Dec 2020 I 08:30 - 11.00 (CET)

S11: Closing Session - Delivering low carbon transport’s contribution to the economic recovery

3 Dec 2020 I 14:00 - 16.30 (CET)

Some of our confirmed speakers include:

  • Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam
  • Ms. Rana Adib, Executive Director, REN21
  • Ms. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor, Freetown, Sierra Leone 
  • Ms. Kaya  Axelsson Net Zero Policy Engagement Fellow, University of Oxford
  • Mr. Nicolas Beaumont, Senior Vice President, Sustainable Development and Mobility, Michelin Group
  • Mr. Alan Blanco, Presidential Commisioner of Electric Mobility, Costa Rica
  • Ms. Prathana Borthana, India Director, Clean Air Asia
  • Mr.  Uwe Brinks, CEO, DHL Freight Division
  • Mr. Edison Broce, Deputy, National Assembly, Panama 
  • Ms. Jane Burston, Executive Director, Clean Air Fund
  • Ms. Maruxa Cardama, Secretary General, SLOCAT
  • Ms. Rita Roy Choudhury, Assistant Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce 
  • Mr. Lee Craigie, Active Nation Commissioner, Scotland
  • Mr. Stéphane  Crouzat, Climate Ambassador, France 
  • Ms. Tracey Crowe, Chief of Staff, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
  • Mr. Rob de Jong, Head, Mobility Unit UN Environment Programme
  • Mr.  Makhtar Diop, Vice President for Infrastructure, World Bank
  • Ms. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Director, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Ms. Janine Felson, Chair, Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS)
  • Mr. Pascal  Goumault, Head of International Institutional Partnerships, Movin’ On 
  • Mr. Jonathon Grigg, Founding Member, Doctors Against Diesel
  • Mr. Paul  Holthus, CEO, World Ocean Council
  • Ms. Gloria Hutt, Minister, Transport and Telecommunications, Chile
  • Ms. Sudhendu Jyoti Sinha, Advisor, NITI Aayog, India
  • Mr. Drew  Kodjak, Executive Director, ICCT
  • Mr. Jules Kortenhorst, Chief Executive Officer, Rocky Mountains Institute 
  • Ms. Zoleka Mandela, Ambassador on Safe and Sustainable Mobility and Young People, FIA Foundation 
  • Mr. Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Scotland
  • Mrs. Dagmawit Moges, Minister, Ministry of Transport, Ethiopia
  • Ms. Thoko Moyo, Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs Harvard Kennedy School
  • Mr. Gonzalo  Muñoz, UN High-Level Climate Action Champion, Chile
  • Ms.  Sophie Punte, Executive Director, Smart Freight Centre
  • Mr. Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
  • Ms. Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor, Environment and Energy London City Hall
  • Ms.  Seble Samuel, Co-Founder and Organiser Menged Le Sew, Ethiopia Open Streets Movement 
  • Ms. Daniela Soler, Head of Efficient Transportation Unit, Ministry of Energy, Republic of Chile
  • Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute
  • Mr.  Young Tae Kim, Secretary General, International Transport Forum
  • Ms. Heather  Thompson, CEO, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) 
  • Ms. Bronwen Thornton, Chief Executive Officer, Walk 21  Chair, SLOCAT Partnership
  • Mr.  Nigel  Topping, UN High-Level Climate Action Champion, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Christian U. Haas, CEO, PTV Group
  • Mr. Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President, CALSTART/Drive to Zero
  • Ms. Mariette van Empel, Director, Sustainable Mobility. Ministry Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands
  • Ms. Stientje Van Veldhoven, State Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands
  • Dr.  Nancy Vandycke, Head SuM4All
  • Mr. Sasank  Vemuri, Coordinator, MobiliseYourCity Partnership
  • Mr. Kristof  Vereenooghe, CEO, EVBox 
  • Ms. Sheila Watson, Deputy Director, FIA Foundation 
  • Mr. Christoph Wolff, Head of Global Mobility, World Economic Forum
  • Mr.  Benjamin Wong, Head International Division at Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore

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