Within the CIVITAS SATELLITE project, Rupprecht Consult co-organised this year’s Transport Day at the COP24 in Katowice, together with the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) on behalf of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) and the City of Katowice hosting the event.
Responding to the Paris Agreement call to action the Transport Day put decarbonised mobility at heart of tackling climate change by showcasing existing solutions and future ambitions, particularly around urban transport and new initiatives of national and sub-national governments to decarbonise mobility.
Transport is responsible for a quarter of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. At least half of all air pollution in cities and a third of transport-related CO2 emissions originate from urban passenger transport.
The Transport Day 2018 focused on urban mobility solutions, and recognised the urgent need to raise ambitions in all areas of transport. Over 200 people were welcomed by the Mayor of Katowice, Marcin Krupa, who introduced the city’s activities for moving towards a more efficient and people-centered transport system.
Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport emphasised the importance of transport decarbonisation and climate action for our lives and livelihoods. Commissioner Bulc introduced the European Commission’s “long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy” by 2050.
José Mendes, First Secretary of State for Mobility, Portugal, discussed the importance of bringing together countries, cities and regions, and companies to achieve this goal. He is also Chair of the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA).
This year’s Transport Day demonstrated the strong role cities have to play 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 presentations from various European cities involved in the CIVITAS Initiative.
Rupprecht Consult staff gave a presentation on "National framework conditions for sustainble urban transport", moderated the panel discussion "Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans: Planning for decarbonisation of transport in cities" and the breakout session on Walking & cycling".
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