WUF7 Panel on Electric Mobility
This event discussed various aspects of electric mobility such as the life-cycle assessment and potential differences in this if energy is produced through hydroelectric or thermoelectric means. We analyzed different pilot projects underway in various countries and how these have shown savings in the operation of electric vehicles when compared with conventional gasoline or diesel-based ones. We then explained some of the economic and tax incentives developed by the Colombian government for hybrid and electric vehicles (given that their high initial cost hinders their selection by drivers) and how these incentives have resulted in some bus fleets using these cleaner technologies. We discussed as well the “green traffic jam” and the lack of coordination between transportation and environmental entities. For more information, click here.
Transport and Just Cities
The main objective was to show the importance of sustainable urban mobility in making cities economically and socially more equitable. Another objective was to contribute to the development of SLoCaT’s collaborative work project on sustainable transport and poverty reduction.
The event consisted of open and inclusive dialogues and debates among experts on the topic of sustainable transport and citizens sharing their experiences with the experts and the audience.
Discussion: “Sustainable Transport and the Post-2015 Development Agenda”
During this event, a group of climate change experts and the audience evaluated the pertinence and effectiveness of the goals set in the sustainable transport Results Framework, a document being prepared with the aim of including sustainable transport in the United Nation’s Post-2015 Development Agenda. There was some discussion whether time or distance was more pertinent to evaluate transportation access. The appropriateness of the safety goals was also discussed, given that they will be difficult to achieve. For more information, click this link.
Side event “Going For The Gold: Best practices in equitable transit-oriented development”
With the support of the Despacio team, ITDP presented the TOD Standard book, a new tool to help form and evaluate urban development that actively integrates and promotes sustainable urban transport. Best practices were presented and 50 development projects from cities around the world were scored and given awards of gold, silver or bronze. Within these projects, the Centro Internacional de Bogotá received a gold medal.
The event presented the tools and actions needed to implement sustainable development principles and key goals: walking, biking, connectivity, mixed usage, public transit, densification, compact development and a shift in parking paradigms, as model interventions of sustainable development to house the hundreds of millions of people that are increasing the global urban population, particularly for urban dwellers who are low income and from emerging economies. For more information, see ITDP website.
Side event: “What do NAMAs contribute to sustainable urban development? South-south Learning For Better Cities”
This event described the manner in which NAMAs (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions) can be useful to advance the implementation of sustainable urban development policies. A more complete description of the event can be found here. For more information, click here.
Presentation and panel – “Configuring the Urban Night” (parallel)
This event was carried out by Parque Explora, LSE Cities (and its project Configuring Light) to discuss the different aspects to analyze when talking about urban lighting, night and light pollution. For more information on the event, click here.