GIZ Transport Events at COP23 - Our Transport Days

GIZ Transport Events at COP23 - Our Transport Days

Bonn 2017 UN Climate Change Conference

The preparations for the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), from November 6-17, 2017 are well under way, and are equipped to provide a comprehensive understanding of climate challenges and solutions to the most influential stakeholders in climate action. Transportation, currently accounting for approximately 27% of energy-related CO2 emissions, is a sector that will receive increasing attention in forthcoming climate efforts. Recognizing this, the Transport Team of GIZ has prepared a series of events, excursions and activities to connect forward-thinking professionals, and empower ambitious ideas with informed perspectives and focused action strategies.

Find descriptions of GIZ’s transport events within COP23 below, register and join us, and follow events in real time on twitter at #wearetransport!


Low Carbon Transport: G20 on Track?

November 8th, 14:30-16:00 @ German Pavillion

GIZ kicks off its transport-focused events at COP23 in collaboration with the German   Think Tank, Agora Verkehrsende, and the question: What is the level of ambition regarding mitigation of G20 countries in the transport sector?

The following speakers will present at the event: Jochen Flasbarth (State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety), Christian Hochfeld (Executive Director of Agora Verkehrwende) and representatives from emerging economies and civil society. 

During the event, speakers will present key drivers for transport sector performance and illustrate existing low-carbon transport targets, strategies and policies of G20 countries. The discussion will reflect how current practices influence NDC implementation and what is needed to put future NDC revisions on track to low carbon transport.

As this event is held in the German Pavilion within the Bonn Zone, attendance is restricted to those with the appropriate permission.


Excursion: Experience Climate Friendly Mobility in Cologne

November 9th, 9:30-15:30

Are you wondering how big German bus operators like Cologne’s KVB facilitate the transition towards electric busses?

Eventually, the company plans to electrify all it’s busses after it launched the first electric bus route in 2016.

Neighbouring Bonn, Cologne is the largest city in West Germany, and has ambitious plans in progress to renovate their bus fleet and expand urban mobility options. We will visit the public transport operator, Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG (KVB) and see the company’s headquarters, to their bus depot, subway station, bike sharing and charging infrastructure, and traffic control offices. Together, we will discuss Cologne’s public transport strategy with forward-thinking professionals and gain hands-on understandings of challenges and solutions in urban transport in Cologne.

Find more details and a tentative schedule of the excursion in this spot soon.

Please join GIZ and UITP for an excursion to Cologne during the UNFCCC’S COP on 9 November – register here.

For more information about KVB and their wide-ranging services, please refer to their homepage.


From Ambition to Action – Decarbonising Transport in Germany and Abroad

November 10th, 9:00-16:00 @ GIZ Office

GIZ is organising the one-day event, From Ambition to Action: Decarbonising Transport, to engage with the international community over the question of how to develop zero-emission transport systems to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

The event will bring together German and international stakeholders in the context of sustainable transport to engage on pathways for decarbonising the transport sector. It will discuss feasible pathways for emerging economies and developing countries and Germany’s ambitions in decarbonising transport. Aiming at mutual learning, it will elaborate with international stakeholders how to implement more ambitious climate actions in the transport sector, including climate-resilient transport infrastructure. Last but not least, the event will debate with international donors how to unlock more investments into climate-friendly transport solutions.

A networking lunch complements the event and provides a platform to exchange with transport initiatives of non-state actors (facilitated the Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT))

The event targets the international transport and climate change community and combines multiple sector perspectives, panel discussions and networking opportunities for an engaging, mutual-learning day.

To register, click here.


Taking climate action to the streets – transforming urban mobility

November 14th, 14:30-16:00

We would like to invite you to join us on 14 November at the German Pavilion of COP23 for discussing the linkages of local governments, NDC implementation and the SDGs within the urban transport sector.

The first part of the event will focus on the challenges and potentials of taking action on urban mobility on local, national and global levels. The second part of the event will present three initiatives, which are geared to bring action to the ground. It will focus on specific action strategies – utilising examples from MobiliseYourCity (MYC), the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) and Reverse Innovation: The vision for tomorrow’s cities.

As this event is held in the German Pavilion within the Bonn Zone, attendance is restricted to those with the appropriate accreditation.


Franco-German Side Event on Sustainable Urban Development

November 14th, 10:30-13:00 @ French Pavillion

Join a roundtable discussion linkig global and local agendas in sustainable urban development. The speakers will discuss experiences and expertise that encompass urban development from all angles. Roundtable participants include representatives from French and German Ministries, Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC), MobiliseYourCity (MYC) and Cities Climate Financing Leadership Alliance (CCFLA).

This event is held in the French Pavilion within the COP23’s Bonn Zone. Attendance is restricted to those with accreditation for Bonn and Bula Zone.

For more information visit the UNFCC homepage:



Background on decarbonizing transport

To prevent global temperature increase from reaching the two-degree target, an extensive transformation and decarbonisation of transport is necessary. Transport currently accounts for 27% of the global energy-related CO2 emissions and its share continues to grow rapidly, making transport a clear target and crucial component of emission reduction. According to the latest Transport Outlook (ITF, 2017), by 2050 CO2 emissions from transport could increase to 13.3 Gt (up from 7.8 Gt in 2015) if no additional measures are taken.

The number of passenger cars is one explanation – which has doubled from 500 to 900 million since 1995 and currently accounts for more than half (55%) of the demand for oil. Much of the growth in emissions is expected to occur in rapidly motorising countries (ITF, 2017). Transport-related events surrounding the COP23 aim specifically at providing different nations, sectors and stakeholders a seat at the table for emission reduction discussions to achieve international agreements, define objectives, and ensure the tools and resources to achieve them. With the point of no return still outstanding, the only path of transport progress is sustainable development, digitization and new urban traffic solutions to revolutionize daily mobility.

Fortunately, sustainable mobility solutions and their potentials are on the rise. Over sixteen countries have set targets to promote the sale of electric and hybrid cars and slowly end the production and sale of traditional diesel/gasoline vehicles. 8 international cities have set their own emission targets that promote walking and cycling, plan ultra-low emission zones, set goals for zero emission transportation systems and non-polluting taxis, even offer incentives for alternative vehicle use and free transportation to those who give up their traditional fuel vehicles. Paving the way is Norway who has set a target date of 2025 for the country to be emissions-free. Already about 40% of cars sold in the country in 2016 were electric or hybrid, and carmakers are taking notice – such as traditional carmaker Volvo who will revolutionize their practices by launching all electric or hybrid car models after 2019.

These accomplishments are the direct result of international commitments and government regulations that guide citizen culture and hold polluters accountable. Countries, sub-national authorities and the private sector must work together to ensure that climate-friendly mobility policies and technologies gain momentum, and sustain commitment.

Against the backdrop of the Paris Agreement, the German government has made substantial efforts in promoting decarbonisation of the transport sector, at home and abroad, with structure and funding provided by the EU and German national government, particularly the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). In 2016, the national Climate Protection Plan 2050 was approved, in which the German government laid out sector goals for 2030 and aimed to reduce GHG emissions by 40-42% by 2030 (baseline 1990, 160 Mt) in the transport sector. Great efforts are needed to achieve this.

Developing countries are increasingly requesting additional international support to help raise ambition of their NDCs and implement ambitious mitigation actions, including in the transport sector. Germany has been supporting partner countries in their efforts to mitigate transport greenhouse gas emissions, most notably through the “International Climate Initiative” (ICI) of the BMUB and the “German Climate Technology Initiative” (DKTI) of the BMZ.

GIZ promotes a holistic approach with its various initiatives and welcomes you to be a part of them during its transport-focused events during this COP23.

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