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COP27

November 6 November 18 CET

About COP27

The 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 27) will be hosted this year on 6-18 November in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt. The objective is to accelerate global climate action through emissions reduction, scaled-up adaptation efforts, and enhanced flows of appropriate finance able to ensure a ‘just transition’. The Conference will be a gathering point for governments, multilateral development banks, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society, and NGOs, including the International Road Federation (IRF)

Through its involvement in the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) initiative and in the Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Partnership (SLOCAT), IRF and its members are pleased to be engaged in and support several events and activities during COP27: 

Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All)

In preparation for COP27, SuM4All ramped up policy work on the Just Transition toward low-carbon development to influence global and country action on transport and sustainability. Thanks to the engagement of its 56 Member organizations 5 new publications will be released during COP27 at key transport events: 

SLOCAT Transport Day 

Tue 15 Nov | 9:00 – 12:00 

Under the helm of the SLOCAT partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport, SuM4All has partnered with the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation and Development, Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative, World Resource Institute, and Michelin to shape a dedicated Transport Day on November 15. A fantastic opportunity to remind the international community that transport is critical to meet the Paris Climate ambition. 

This side-event will see the launch of SuM4All’s publication “Six Strategic Actions that Unlock Public Transport’s Capacity on Climate and Sustainable Development” 

Registration will be soon available. 

CCG COP27 Side Events – Session 22: The Role of E-mobility in Africa: Towards an inclusive low-carbon Transport 

Fri 11 Nov | 16:00 – 17:10 

This side event will see the launch of two papers: 

  • E-mobility in Low-Income Countries in Africa: Finance, Governance, and Equity. Link to paper
  • Electric mobility and renewable electricity – developing infrastructure for synergies. Link to paper 
A Just Energy Transition for a Healthy Fossil Free World 

Fri 18 Nov | 08:30-09:30 

This side event will see the launch of two papers: 

  • Decision-making Tool for E-mobility 
  • Empowering e-mobility in the Global South: The Case of Two Cities 

More info will be soon available. 

SLOCAT Partnership

Together with its partners the SLOCAT Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport is organising and coordinating a number of activities and events. Key SLOCAT-led and supported events include: 

  • SLOCAT Transport Day – Tue 15 Nov | 9:00 – 12:00
  • We Mean Business Pavilion Transport Programme – Tue 15 Nov | 14:30 – 18:00 
  • MPGCA Transport Action Event – Wed 16 Nov | 12:30 – 14:30
  • Enabling a Just Transport and Energy Transition in IsDB Countries | 12:30 – 14:30
  • A Just Energy Transition for a Healthy Fossil Free World – Fri 18 Nov | 8:30 – 9:30
  • Partnerships for the Climate, Transport, Mobility, and Enegry Nexus in Small Islad Developing States – Fri 18 Nov | 10:00 – 11:30

SLOCAT has also compiled and listed transport-focused events, as well as other events organised by the transport community and the COP27 Presidency. 

The International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI)

ICSI will be hosting a number of events at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, with a focus on Infrastructure, Energy, and Mobility. A co-lead on the Infrastructure, Energy, and Mobility theme at the COP Resilience Hub, ICSI will be hosting in-person and virtually from around the world. IRF and some of its members will be joining in particular the:

Marrakech Partnership Implementation Lab: Engineering the Vision for Climate-resilient Transport

Sun 16 Nov | 10:30 – 12:00

The focus of this event will be progress on and implementation of the resilience and adaptation breakthrough: ‘Transport infrastructure be resilient to climate hazards through the adoption of new technology, design, and materials.’

Led by the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) and delivered with its partners, Resilience Rising, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), this session will bring together transport experts from the global engineering community, including from the private sector, professional associations, academia, and key transport industry bodies, alongside representatives from the policymaker and the investor communities. Participants will share current best practices and available solutions and discuss how to operationalise this resilience and adaptation breakthrough. 

High-Volume Transport Applied Research Programme (HVT)

HVT is working in partnership with the Climate Compatible Growth Programme,  on a five-day side event from 7th to 11th November, Africa-Asia: a just transition to low-carbon development at Maritim Jolie Ville Resort, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt and online. Some of the Side-events HVT is organising and/or supporting: 

Making Investment Work Hard to Achieve Greener, More Resilient Transport 

Tue 8 Nov | 9.00 – 10.30 

This session will explore where and how decision support tools and data can do better to achieve infrastructures that meet the economic needs of lower-income-countries as well as the urgent need for low-carbon transport. 

Opportunities for African Cities to Meet Their Transport and Urban Planning Needs in a Greener, More Sustainable Way

Wed 9 Nov | 17.30 – 18.30 

This session will look at the opportunities in urban and transport planning for African cities – considering trends such as transit-oriented development (TOD), where people live closer to jobs and services reducing time and environmental burden on transport and boosting economic growth.

Unlocking a Pathway to Low Carbon Transport in African Cities Without Compromising Economic Growth

Fri 11 Nov | 11.00 – 12.30

This session will explore how economic growth in African countries can continue without adding to CO2, in other words decoupled. And that rather than Africa’s need for improved mobility presenting a threat to the environment, could it be an opportunity by identifying new and better ways to develop low-carbon transport pathways?