Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels


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As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.


09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40 – 11:10 – Networking Coffee Break

11:10-13:10 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of Rome City Council
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC
Networking coffee break

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