Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Decarbonising Transport in an Unprecedented Global Crisis

A virtual conference with focus on Argentina and Latin America

How can transport decarbonisation policies promote low-carbon economic growth and increased resilience of Argentina’s transport system following the Covid-19 crisis? The International Transport Forum cordially invites media representatives to this virtual conference around these important questions featuring nine sessions between 7 and 30 July.

The conference will kick off on Tuesday, 7 July, with a session on “Transport Decarbonisation, Economic Recovery and Resilience” featuring distinguished high-level speakers:

  • Mario Meoni, Argentina’s Minister of Transportation, 
  • Gloria Hutt Hesse,  Chile’s Minister of Transport and Telecommunication and,
  • Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary in Germany’s  Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety,
  • Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum 

On Wednesday, 8 July, a second session will address “Decarbonising Road Transport in a Time of Crisis”. More information on all sessions below. To attend, please register here:

Register for Session 1 (7 July)
Register for Day 2 (8 July)

Media Contact:
Michael Kloth
Head of Communications
International Transport Forum
+33 (0)6 15 95 03 27

Opening session: Tuesday, 7 July 
15:00-18:00 (Paris) | 10:00-13:00 (Buenos Aires)

Transport Decarbonisation, Economic Recovery and Resilience

How can the transport decarbonisation agenda be adapted to this period of severe crisis? More specifically, how transport decarbonisation, economic recovery and added resilience to transport systems can be combined? In the short-medium term, what will be the greatest challenges and opportunities to jointly address climate change mitigation and sustainable economic development?

Francisco Furtado, ITF
Welcome and introduction to the “Decarbonising Transport in Emerging Economies” project

Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General, ITF
Opening remarks

Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany
Opening remarks

Mario Meoni, Minister of Transportation, Argentina
Current challenges for Argentina’s transport system

Gloria Hutt Hesse, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Chile
Regional and global challenges for decarbonisation in the current economic and social context

Francisco Maciel, President, LEDS LAC
Transport Decarbonisation, Economic Recovery and Resilience – a Latin American perspective

Sunny Kodukula, Wuppertal Institute
How we plan to work with cities

Carolina Chantrill, Coordinator of Sustainable Mobility, Sustentar
Welcome message and overview over the conference.

Panel discussion with:

Nestor Roa, Chief of Transport Division, Inter-American Development Bank
How can decarbonising transport and economic recovery be coupled? Financing, risk assessment, carbon mitigation as part of resilience.

Gonzalo Muñoz, Chilean High Level Champion, UNFCCC
How Non-Party stakeholders view the climate mitigation efforts in Latin America

Jean-Paul Rodrigue, International Expert, Hofstra University, NY, USA
Challenges to the global freight transport and logistics system and potential future trends

José Barbero, Argentina Expert, Universidad Nacional de San Martín
Challenges to Latin America’s transport system, its decarbonisation and ways toward system robustness and economic recovery.

Discussion moderated by Carolina Chantrill, Coordinator of Sustainable Mobility, Sustentar

Session 2: Wednesday, 8 July
15:00-18:00 (Paris) | 10:00-13:00 (Buenos Aires)

Decarbonising Road Freight in Times of Crisis

What major impacts will this crisis have on Road Freight? How can it contribute to overcoming this crisis and simultaneously lowering emissions? What are the major opportunities and roadblocks ahead, also taking into account the need to increase resilience?

 Panel discussion with:

Alan McKinnon, Professor at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg
Road freight decarbonisation: the road ahead in times of Covid-19 - how can it be combined with initiatives to kick-start the economy and increase resilience to major shocks?”

Julio Velazquez, General Manager, Federación Argentina de Entidades Empresarias del Autotransporte de Cargas
A trucking industry perspective: the main challenges ahead for road freight - how to combine measures that can restart the economy while also decarbonising transport activities.

Gastón Jaques, Secretary of Transport Planning, Ministry of Transportation, Argentina
Overview of the current situation in Argentina

Karla Gonzalez Carvajal, Transport Global Practice Manager, The World Bank

Discussion moderated by Susana Val, Director of the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) 

Upcoming sessions until 30 July – please click for details:

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