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High-level webinar: Shifting into higher gear: How to decarbonise road transport in line with climate neutrality and Europe's recovery?

Tuesday 10 November, 15.00-17.00 CET

Join us for this third webinar of the series that the Green Growth Partnership (GGP) is organising on ‘Greening the economic recovery in line with climate neutrality - From commitments to action’.

Speakers include so far:

  • Terhi Lehtonen, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Finland
  • Pilvi Torsti, State Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland
  • Blaž Košorok, State Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure, Slovenia
  • Clara De La Torre, Deputy Director-General, DG CLIMA, European Commission
  • Angela Hultberg, Head of Sustainable Mobility, Ingka Group/ IKEA
  • Julia Poliscanova, Senior Director, Vehicles & Emobility, Transport & Environment
  • Martin Porter (Chair), Executive Chair, CISL Brussels

Context and background:

Road transport will need to significantly accelerate its decarbonisation for the EU to achieve its climate objectives and, if managed correctly, could have a key role in Europe’s economic recovery.

The European Commission estimates that transport-related greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced by 90% by 2050 for the EU to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and is preparing several measures to address this challenge. These upcoming proposals include a Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, a possible extension of the ETS to road transport, stronger CO2 standards for cars and vans and revision of the Directive on deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure. For their part, Member States have been integrating transport related initiatives in their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and their economic stimulus plans.

Recognising the economic benefits of increased climate action, businesses also intend to play their part including by adopting science-based targets consistent with the Paris climate objectives, replacing fossil fuels and transitioning to EVs.

Against this background, this webinar will explore how to decarbonise the road transport sector in line with climate neutrality and a higher 2030 target, and the associated benefits and challenges of achieving this objective in the context of greening the EU’s economic recovery.

This webinar is part of a series of events that the Green Growth Partnership (GGP) is organising on ‘Greening the economic recovery in line with climate neutrality - From commitments to action’. These events are held during the German Presidency of the European Council with the kind support from several Environment and Climate Ministries including Germany, Norway and Finland. They aim to gather business and political support for an economic recovery that is consistent with the achievement of ambitious climate objectives.

More information on this topic can be found in the CLG Europe briefing The Green Deal and Europe’s recovery: Building a prosperous, resilient and climate neutral EU through business and political action and the WMB report on Maximising the benefits: Economic, employment and emissions impacts of a Green Recovery Plan in Europe.          

Register to attend the webinar (free of charge).

Watch the previous Green Growth Partnership webinar.