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Decarbonising Transport in an Unprecedented Global Crisis: A virtual conference

The conference explores how transport decarbonisation policies can promote low-carbon economic growth and increased resilience of Argentina’s transport system following the Covid-19 crisis.

Outputs from the virtual conference

Versión en español a continuación

The virtual conference is a series of webinars exploring present and future transport decarbonisation actions for Argentina. The conference takes place against the backdrop of the combined health and socio-economic crisis caused by the spread of Covid-19. The webinars cover:

  • Re-starting the economy while decarbonising transport
  • Transport system resilience
  • Ensuring essential transport services carry on while complying with health requirements

The focus is on the development and implementation of low-carbon mobility actions which offer high CO2 mitigation and sustainable development potential. The conference facilitates a multi-stakeholder involvement, increased regional dialogue and promotes institutional alignment for the implementation of decarbonising measures.

The conference is jointly organised by the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the Wuppertal Institute (WI), as part of the Decarbonising Transport in Emerging Economies (DTEE) project. Also, this event could not be possible without the relevant collaboration of the Transport Ministry of Argentina and the Transport Working Group of the regional platform of LEDS LAC, co-ordinated by the Sustentar Association. The DTEE project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Speakers / Oradores

See bios of all speakers here. Mire las biografías de todos los oradores aquí.
Some of the main speakers of the virtual conference include:

Mario MeoniMario Meoni
Minister of Transport of Argentina

Mario Meoni has been the Minister of Transport of the Argentine Nation since December 2019, after a long career in public office. As Minister of Transport, his main priority areas include road safety, increasing transparency in transport subsidies, revaluating Aerolíneas Argentinas and promoting passenger and cargo trains, as well as a gender agenda for transport. Prior to his work at the Ministry, he served as Director of the Bank of the Province of Buenos Aires and, before that, as Mayor of the city of Junín. While in there, he promoted increasing transparency in policy-making, as well as digital innovation. He is 55 years old, is married and is father of two.

Gloria HuttGloria Hutt
Minister of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile

Gloria Hutt Hesse has been Minister of Transport and Telecommunications in Chile since 2018. Before taking on the position, she had a longstanding career both in the public and the private sector. Minister Hutt Hesse acted, from 2010 to 2014, as Transport Viceminister of Chile. In the private sector, she was a partner of Quiz Consulting between 2014 and 2018. She was also partner for 12 years, and  Regional Director for Latin America, at Steer Davies Gleaves. Added to her professional life, Minister Hutt Hesse was a founder member and the coordinator and general manager of the Evópoli political party. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Catholic University of Chile and she has completed International Finance and Business Administration programs at Georgetown University.

Jochen FlasbarthJochen Flasbarth
German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Jochen Flasbarth has been State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) since 2013. Among other positions in nature conservation and environmental protection, he also served as President of the German Federal Environmental Agency from 2009 and 2013, as well as the President of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union. When it comes to his voluntary involvements, State Secretary Flasbarth is Managing Director of the Gesellschaft für Zwischenlagerung mbH (BGZ). Other voluntary positions include being a member of the supervisory board of the Wuppertal Institute. He has a degree in economics and was born in Duisburg-Rheinhausen in 1962. 

Young Tae KimYoung Tae Kim
Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF)

Young Tae Kim has been the Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF) since 2017. Prior to his election as ITF Secretary-General, Dr Kim served as Director-General in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) of Korea where he has held several positions. Among others, Dr. Kim served as Deputy Director for Urban Transport. He also seconded to the Prime Minister's Commission on Administrative Reform, as well as to the Presidential Committee on Social Inclusion. From 2010 to 2014, Dr Kim worked in Washington, D.C., as Counsellor for Construction, Transport and Maritime Affairs at the Korean Embassy. Dr Kim earned his Doctorate degree in Political Sociology and Public Policy from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), in France. He also holds a Master degree in Public Policy from Seoul National University, Korea, and a second one in Urban Studies from Paris University de Vincennes-Saint-Denis, France. 


Conference schedule

WebinarDateParis TimeBuenos Aires Time
Introduction and Welcome

7 July


Decarbonisation, economic recovery and resilience
 7 July 16:00-18:00 11:00-13:00
Road Freight8 July 

Railways16 July

Ports and Inland waterways17 July

Urban Logistics21 July

Metropolitan mobility and multi-level governance23 July

Territorial development and regional mobility28 July

Assessment framework (closed meeting)29 July

Conclusions and next steps30 July15:00-17:0010:00-12:00

Conference format

The conference is a webinar series, due to Covid-19-related travel restrictions. Two webinars take place each week during July 2020. Most are open to the public, with some closed meetings for specific participants. Recordings and presentations of open sessions will be made available online. All sessions have simultaneous translation in English and Spanish, the Introduction, Road Freight, plus Ports and Inland Waterways sessions have also Portuguese translation.



La conferencia explora cómo las políticas de descarbonización del transporte pueden promover el crecimiento económico con bajas emisiones de carbono y una mayor resiliencia del sistema de transporte de Argentina luego de la crisis del Covid-19.

Resultados de la conferencia virtual

La conferencia, organizada como una serie de seminarios virtuales, explora las acciones presentes y futuras de descarbonización del transporte en Argentina. La conferencia se lleva a cabo en el contexto de la crisis económica y de salud causada por la propagación de Covid-19. Los seminarios virtuales cubren:

  • Reiniciar la economía mientras se realiza el proceso de descarbonización del transporte.
  • Aumentar la resiliencia del sistema de transporte.
  • Garantizar el transporte de productos esenciales de acuerdo a nuevos requisitos sanitarios.

Se hará énfasis en el desarrollo e implementación de acciones de movilidad bajas en emisión carbono, que ofrecen un alto potencial de mitigación de CO2 en línea con un desarrollo sostenible. La conferencia busca facilitar la participación de actores interesados promoviendo la alineación y coordinación institucional, así como el diálogo regional, para la implementación de medidas de descarbonización del transporte. 

La conferencia está organizada conjuntamente por el Foro Internacional de Transportes (FIT) y el Instituto Wuppertal (IW), como parte de un proyecto más amplio denominado Descarbonización del Transporte en Economías Emergentes (DTEE). Además, el evento no sería posible sin la colaboración de autoridades del Ministerio de Transporte Nacional de Argentina e integrantes del Grupo de Trabajo de Transporte de la plataforma regional LEDS LAC, co-coordinado por  Asociación Sustentar. El proyecto DTEE está financiado por la Iniciativa Internacional del Clima (IIC o IKI, por sus siglas en alemán) del Ministerio Federal de Medio Ambiente, Protección de la naturaleza y Seguridad Nuclear (BMU) de Alemania.

Calendario de seminarios web

SesiónFecha Horario ParisHorario Buenos Aires
Introducción y bienvenida

7 Julio


Descarbonización del transporte, recuperación económica y resiliencia
 7 Julio 16:00-18:00 11:00-13:00
Transporte de carga por carretera8 Julio 

Transporte ferroviario16 Julio

Puertos y vías navegables17 Julio

Logística Urbana21 Julio

Movilidad metropolitana y gobernanza multinivel23 Julio

Desarrollo territorial y sistemas de movilidad regional28 Julio

Marco de evaluación (reunión cerrada)29 Julio

Conclusiones y próximos pasos30 Julio15:00-17:0010:00-12:00


Estos planes de acción bajos en carbono tendrán como objetivo apoyar planes más amplios de recuperación económica para el país. El foco estará puesto en el transporte de carga nacional, pero también se incluirán temas como la logística urbana y el papel de los sistemas de movilidad en el desarrollo territorial para favorecer una visión más integral del transporte de bajas emisiones.

Formato de conferencia

La conferencia tendrá lugar como una serie de seminarios virtuales, debido a las restricciones en los viajes aéreos internacionales y desplazamientos domésticos. Se llevarán a cabo dos seminarios virtuales cada semana durante el mes de julio del 2020. La mayoría estarán abiertos al público, mientras que otros serán solo para participantes específicos. Las grabaciones y presentaciones de sesiones abiertas estarán disponibles en línea. Todas las sesiones contarán con traducción simultánea en inglés y español, mientras que la traducción al portugués estará disponible para la sesión introductoria, "Transporte de cargas por carretera" y "Puertos y Vías Navegables".



Decarbonsing Transport in an Unprecedented Global Crisis: A Virtual Conference

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