Towards a decarbonisation of the transport sector

More than 1400 participants followed the fifth edition of the Transport and Climate Change Week from May 9 to 13. 

Once again, experts and decision-makers from around the world came together to advance the global transformation of transport. Just as in the year before, Transport and Climate Change Week 2022 took place in a "hybrid" format. 

In five days around the world 

Dialogue and international cooperation have always been the core elements of this event, aiming to make our transportation systems more sustainable. 

Online participants were able to “travel around the world” to the regional conferences in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Southeast Europe. Over 58 hours of conference programme was recorded in TV studios in Hanoi, Bogotá, and Berlin (including Africa Day and South-East Europe Day) and broadcasted to an online audience in real time. 

Because of that, the multi-faceted programme was accessible to a broad audience from 109 countries. After two years of Covid-19, the Bogotá and Berlin studios were finally able to host on-site exchanges. 

Facts and Figures on Transport Week 2022

Transport Week as a platform for IKI transport activities 

Parlamentary State Secretaries Oliver Krischer (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action) and Christian Kühn (German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection) opened the Transport and Climate Change Week on 9 May 2022, initiating a day focused on collaboration and partnerships. The Transport Week offered implementing organisations of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and other partners the opportunity to present their work and advocate for their topics. To this end, organisations such as the Asian Development Bank, UNFCCC, REN21, the UIC, the PtX Hub, and TUMI, among others, hosted a variety of events on topics such as the Paris Agreement, the role of sustainable energy, and climate-neutral synthetic fuels in the transport sector. 

For IKI implementing organisations, an additional meeting in presence took place on the last day of the transport week. The aim was to provide a framework for "IKI exchange", to create synergies between projects and to meet like-minded people. It also became clear at the meeting that the IKI, with its thematic orientation in the transport sector, can benefit greatly from the discussions between the projects. Current topics included e-learning, freight transport, regulatory instruments and the use of local resources, especially in Africa. 

Berlin as an international meeting place 

On Thursday, 12 May around 70 participants, including partners and transport experts from India, South-East Europe, Turkey and other countries, followed the opening of the global conference day on site, accompanied by the online audience

The conference day was opened by Birgit Schwenk, Head of the Climate Action Department, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and Tanja Gönner, Chair of the GIZ Management Board. Attending part of the conference was also Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary for International Climate Policy, German Federal Foreign Office, who gave a keynote speech at the high-level panel on multilateralism in transport.

In a 'Correspondents Club', regional representatives from Africa, Asia, Latin America and South-East Europe discussed the regional and trans-regional challenges emerging from climate change in the transport sector and identified common and different approaches to climate change mitigation in transport.  

The next Transport and Climate Change Week will take place in September 2023. More information can be found at www.transportweek.org

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