Closed session with restricted participation
The recent Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change sets ambitious goals to limit temperature rise. This implies that efforts to decarbonise economies, including transport sector activities, will need to intensify.
Both developed and developing countries have submitted plans for climate actions they intend to take post-2020 in statements of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) under the new agreement. Transport sector CO2 mitigation efforts in developing countries are particularly relevant given high rates of growth in CO2 emissions from transport in many of these countries, their increasing share of total emissions and the opportunity to reduce other negative externalities, such as air pollution and congestion.
It is widely acknowledged that the INDCs made in the run up to COP21 will not be sufficient to limit temperature rises to 1.5o C. Thus countries will have to reassess the potential and cost-efficiency to increase their contribution to global mitigation efforts through actions taken in all sectors, including transport. This re-assessment will lead to submission of new INDCs by 2020.
This Roundtable will provide opportunity for ministers to exchange with leaders of industry and international organisations on the role of the transport sector in contributing to global efforts to reduce carbon emissions by exploring the following key issues:
President & CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, IEA
Minister of Transport, Construction and Regional Development, Slovakia
Vice Minister for Transport, Korea
Minister of Transport, Romania
Vice-Minister of Transport, China
French Ambassador, Germany
Chair, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking; VP, Advanced Business and Technologies, Air Liquide
Minister of Transport, Canada
Minister for Infrastructure, Sweden
Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan
Senior Vice President, Michelin
Minister of Transport, South Africa
Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics, Morocco
OECD Chief of Staff, Sherpa to the G20
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS)
Secretary-General, International Transport Forum
Moderator, Journalist and former President of the European Parliament