Recent scenarios on the land transport sector’s role in meeting the Paris climate agreement goals of a 1.5-degree rise in temperatures show that the world needs to rapidly scale up electric vehicles while also shifting global vehicle travel from its current trend, particularly in the next ten years. The first part of this session will focus on understanding recent research on how much modal shift and electrification is needed and by when, and how to connect with health and equity in the transport-climate agenda. A second part of the session will then cover some of the challenges and achievements of various cities in implementing low carbon mobility solutions – and how such efforts are contributing to national level climate ambitions and health and equity goals. The session will present examples of urban transport decarbonization in action from global projects of the session hosts on e-mobility, walking and cycling, public transport, and urban freight. We will also explore where actions benefit each other, such as the electrification of public transport bus fleets joined together with efforts to increase ridership. The solutions presented are expected to inform how these and other actions can be scaled to meet climate, health and equity goals.


  • Maruxa Cardama,  Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLOCAT)
  • Oliver Lah, Head of Research Unit Mobility and International Cooperation, Wuppertal Institut
  • Pawan Mulukutla, Director, Integrated Transport, WRI India
  • Rosa Muñoz, Senior Researcher, Wuppertal Institut
  • Heather Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy

Moderated by Ben Welle, Director, Integrated Transport, World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities