The road to Paris: Advancing climate action with sustainable urban transport

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European Parliament, Brussels
  • Belgium


Do you want to better understand public transport's active engagement in climate change ahead of COP21 in Paris? Join us for the 2nd UITP-Urban Intergroup seminar "The Road to Paris: Advancing climate action with sustainable urban transport" on 20 October 2015, at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Cities are fundamental in the fight against climate change. Urban transport accounts for around 40% of emissions from the entire transport sector and that is why urban mobility lies at the heart of the fight against climate change and the transition to a resource efficient and low carbon urban economy.

Given that cities are fundamental in meeting sustainable development goals, public transport's role in driving low carbon, resilient growth it must be at the forefront of any sustainable urban mobility policy. Sustainable collective transport aims towards low/zero-carbon urban mobility with low energy consumption and is responsible for barely 10% of transport-related GHG emissions in cities.

An agreement in Paris at the end of 2015 (COP21) will set an ambitious legal framework coping with climate challenges. Both the European Union and the UITP are part of this process. The seminar's aim is to show that national ambitions agreed in Paris can be achieved by providing more role to collective mobility initiatives as public transport is at the forefront of the transition to sustainable mobility.

The 2nd joint UITP-URBAN Intergroup seminar will provide you an opportunity to:

> Engage with top MEPs and reknown public transport and climate change experts

> Understand better public transport engagement in climate action ahead of COP21 in Paris

> Discover what practical actions cities and operators undertake to make cities more livable and emission-free

> Discuss and propose necessary political actions in the area of public transport, energy sustainability, climate change and urban life


This event is organised jointly by UITP Central and Eastern Europe and the URBAN Intergroup at the European Parliament.


9.00-9.30: Welcome & Opening

> Jan OLBRYCHT, MEP, President of  the URBAN Intergroup
> Jerome POURBAIX, Head of Policy and Outreach, UITP

> Keynote speech: Marie BUCHET, Permanent Representation of France to the EU, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France

9.30-10.45: Main Session - Advancing Climate Action with Sustainable Public Transport

> Gilles PARGNEAUX, MEP, ENVI Committee, European Parliament
> Daniela ROSCA, Head of Clean Transport and Sustainable Urban Mobility Unit, DG MOVE, European Commission
> Jacek KAZNOWSKI, Chief Operating Officer, MZA Bus Company Warsaw, Poland
> Nicolas ERB, Director European Affairs, Alstom Transport
> Philip TURNER, Sustainable Development Manager, UITP

10.45-11.15: Q&A and Closing Remarks

> Jerome POURBAIX, Head of Policy and Outreach, UITP
> Jan OLBRYCHT, MEP, President of  the URBAN Intergroup



Registration is open. Please register HERE.

Attendance to this event is free-of-charge but registration is compulsory for accreditation reasons. Please note that as seats are limited, registrations will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Registration will be open until Friday, October 16.

For any additional questions, please contact Mr. Artur Perchel at artur.perchel(at)

Practical information: 

Timing: Tuesday, 20 October 2015 between 09:00 - 11:00 CET (registration starts at 08:15 CET)

Venue: Meeting Room JAN 6Q1 (6th floor), Josef Antall building,  European Parliament, Brussels, BELGIUM

Access: Participants are advised to use the European Parliament Place du Luxembourg's entrance. Upon your arrival at the main reception hall, the UITP/URBAN Intergroup team will be distributing badges from 08:15 CET


The URBAN Intergroup at the European Parliament is a cross-parties and cross-committees grouping with a horizontal approach to discuss urban related issues. The group brings together over 70 MEPs representing most EU Member States, all the political groups at the European Parliament, and working in all the parliamentary committees. The platform works with nearly 100 partners from local, regional, national and European level, including UITP, that represent the interests of Europe’s town and cities or work in the domain relevant for urban development. Learn more at