The main aim of the meeting was to exchange experiences and draw attention to the activities undertaken since the adoption of the Driving Change Together Declaration – the Partnership for Electromobility during COP24 in Katowice, as well as to undertake further cooperation in preparation for the upcoming COP25 Presidency. The seminar, organised jointly by the COP24 Presidency and ICLEI, in cooperation with UNFCCC, PSPA and AVERE, was also in line with the priorities of the Declaration, supporting the integration of the main actors in the process of changing urban mobility, including central administration, local authorities and industry.
In the introduction to the event, Vice-Minister Kurtyka pointed out that with the introduction of electric-powered transport, we can reduce the low emissions of harmful substances into the air we breathe. “That is why one of the initiatives proposed by the Polish Presidency during the COP24 Climate Summit was “Driving Change Together - Katowice Partnership for Electromobility,” he said. The initiative envisions establishing a network of partnerships between authorities of cities, regions and states, as well as NGOs, in order to develop and exchange knowledge on the development of electromobility and the implementation of the revolution in transport at both local and international level. He also added that it has already been joined by more than 40 countries from 5 continents, with more than half of the world's population, as well as organisations and alliances bringing together more than 1500 cities and regions and 1200 companies.
The President of COP24 also invited the participants of the event to the first Electromobility Forum, slated to take place in autumn. “Our ambitions behind the organisation of the Forum is supporting the development of electromobility by creating a platform for the exchange of knowledge and information on the implementation of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, as well as legal and IT solutions concerning this ecological mode of transport,” he pointed out. He also highlighted that the aim of this meeting will be to provide up-to-date information on the electromobility market and advanced technical knowledge on electric vehicles. The Forum will also accelerate the flow of ideas and solutions between the Partners of the “„Driving Change Together - Katowice Partnership for Electromobility” initiative, electromobility companies, research centres, public administration institutions and the media.
The event consisted of a joint opening session, followed by two parallel seminars on electromobility and adaptation.
Agenda of the event
Speech by Ashok Sridharan, Mayor, Bonn; ICLEI President
The Polish Presidency prepared three special events for this year’s Bonn session: “Forests for Climate: How Science Helps Forests” workshop, a workshop on Just Transition, and a seminar on electromobility, each corresponding to one of the main topics of COP24:
· Nature and environment – including multifunctional and sustainable forest management – as an element of climate neutrality and the role of forests as carbon sinks, as well as support for a synergistic view of the three key UN conventions on climate, biodiversity and desertification;
· Humans – highlighting the need to implement changes together with people through solidarity and just transition of regions and industrial sectors;
· Technology – pointing out climate-friendly and innovative solutions, such as electromobility, which enable achieving sustainable urban development and clean air, as well as providing new and modern jobs.