Clean transport – URGENT ACTION!

Strategic session 1:
Climate change mitigation – what can transport do?

Time: 15.15–16.45

Transport activities generate almost a quarter of anthropogenic CO2 emissions in Europe, and under the current trends transport could become the main source of greenhouse gas emissionsin a few years. In fact, it is among the few sectors that have shown a constant increase in CO2emissions over the last decades, in part due to an ever-increasing transport demand for passengers and goods. It is therefore a major challenge to develop new solutions and paradigms to improve transport efficiency and drastically reduce CO2 emissions, while at the same time promote an effective and equitable governance of the complex transport system in order to foster the use of the most efficient transport modes.

New technological options – such as electrification, sustainable fuels, connectivity and automation – represent important opportunities to make transport more efficient, but technologies alone will not be sufficient to achieve a sustainable, accessible and fair transport system. All these new technology trends require a systemic approach bridging across several sectors and transport modes. Digitalization will indeed play a major role in enabling a better governance of the transport system and allowing its smart and efficient integration with other systems, such as energy and land-use systems.

The need to define mechanisms to achieve a climate-driven sustainable interaction between transport demand and supply is also likely to emerge, and users shall play a central role in the process. This system approach will also require the co-operation of all the actors involved in the transport system, with companies adopting a collaborative approach within platforms, together with public actors from different levels including local authorities, which will take a more proactive role in managing mobility of people and goods.

Biagio Ciuffo, Scientific Officer, European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra View bio
Ferenc Pekár, Scientific Project Manager at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra View bio

Darren McGarry
, Team leader Communication & Visualisation, EC – Joint Research centre View bio

Christophe Tytgat
, Secretary-General, SEA Europe View bio
Diana Urge-Vorsatz, Professor, Central European University View bio
Jean-Marc Sohier, Science Director, European Petroleum Refiners Association View bio
Piotr Szymanski, Director, European Commission – Joint Research Centre View bio
Pietro D’arpa, Director, Supply Chain Europe: Director, Supply Chain Europe: Logistics and End to End Strategic Planning, Procter & Gamble View bio

Strategic session 2:
Cities’ and citizens’ action in reducing environmental impacts of transport

Time: 15.15–16.45

The session focuses on actions and measures to decrease the environmental impact of transport. Key issues include:

  • Emission reduction at local level (quality of air and noise) – techniques pertaining to both exposures; common strategies and possibilities of assessing noise and air pollution in a combined environmental pollutant index.
  • City mobility (new and already available policy options to encourage active transport); public transport (benefits to individuals, communities, the local economy and the environment); accessibility and transport pricing; mobility management (innovative management strategies to transport problems).
  • Water pollution – Impact of motor vehicle operation on water quality; impact of transport infrastructure on water quality (road construction, operation, and maintenance).

Zisis Samaras
, ERTRAC, Professor, Head of the Lab of Applied Thermodynamics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki View bio

Simon Edwards
, Global Director, Technology, Ricardo GmbH View bio

Rittmar von Helmolt
, Director Business Development, AVL List GmbH View bio
Emma Terämä, Director, Sustainable Urbanisation Programme, Finnish Environment Institute View bio
Françoise Guaspare, Senior advisor, Ile-de-France Europe View bio
Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, UITP View bio
Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General for Implementation, Impact & Sustainable Investment Strategies Acting Director, Clean Planet Directorate, European Commission View bio

Strategic session 3:
Adapting to climate change – how to achieve a resilient transport system?

Time: 15.15–16.45

Awareness of the potential impacts of climate change – which include more extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels, heavier rainfall or droughts, and its consequences on the European and global economy –are increasing.  For the transport sector, recent extreme weather events have already given a taste of what each transport mode and the transport system as a whole will increasingly have to deal with.

For this reason, the move for the transport sector to adapt and build its resilience to the potential impacts of climate change has also been gaining momentum. The 2013 EU Adaptation Strategy recognises that there will be impacts from climate change to all transport modes, which means action to build resilience will be required. In a recent aviation sector study entitled “European Aviation in 2040 – Challenges of Growth-adapting aviation to a changing climate”, the main effects that stakeholders expect from the physical impacts of climate change include impacts on operations, changes to the costs of operating a business, and loss of or damage to infrastructure and safety.

In addition, disruptions in one part of the system can have a knock-on effect for another part of the system if, for example, runway capacity is temporarily lost at a key hub airport. For ports and inland waterways, identified impacts include changes in hydro-meteorological or oceanographic factors, increases in extreme events, and a combination of the two.  Road transport can expect impacts to the construction, operation and maintenance of road infrastructure. In the rail sector, heavy rain and floods or extreme heat can damage infrastructure and impact operations.

Action taken so far has focused on reducing vulnerabilities, damages and costs. Yet despite growing awareness of this risk, many stakeholders are not yet taking action. However, with proper planning to adapt and build resilience to climate change, opportunities and efficiencies can also be realised. While each transport mode will need to develop its own adaptation plans and actions to respond to its specific needs, the resilience of the overall system including interfaces between modes will require specific actions.

Maria Carbone
, European Commission DG Move View bio

Carlo M Borghini, Executive Director, Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking View bio
Pekka Leviäkangas, Professor, University of Oulu and TRA Programme Committee, Chair View bio
Elise Miller-Hooks, Professor and Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair View bio
Karin De Schepper, Director, Inland navigation Europe View bio
Rachel Burbidge, Senior Policy Officer: Environment and Climate Change, EUROCONTROL View bio
Herald Ruijters, Director, European Commission, DG MOVE View bio


Programme information will be updated continually. Also, please note that all sessions and presenters are subject to change.