Slide Strategic Sessions

2.2 | Time to Act: Reaching climate-neutral cities by 2030 

Transport is currently responsible for about one fifth of the global CO2 emissions and nearly a third of transport-related CO2 emissions originate from urban passenger transport. City-level activities are becoming increasingly important, especially due to the multiple benefits of sustainable urban mobility action, reducing CO2 while at the same time achieving much-needed improvements in the field of air quality, congestion, quality of life, traffic safety, and public health. We can expect a steady increase in urban transport demand with an ever-growing urban population and it is clear that dramatically different urban mobility systems are required. However, cities cannot stand alone, and cooperation with other levels of government and the private sector will be key in moving forward, next to involving citizens throughout the whole transition. This session will discuss:


  • The role of the transport sector in reaching climate neutrality in cities
  • Stakeholder involvement and co-creation for climate and transport decarbonisation policies
  • How to ensure a just transition and make sure the transport transformation is inclusive
  • The role of innovation in reaching climate-neutrality
  • How to get the private sector on board as an ally in decarbonisation, how to align innovation with policy goals, e.g. CO2-free city logistics, electrification, connected and automated vehicles…



  • Chair: ERTRAC (Karen Vancluysen, POLIS)
  • Co-chairs: European Commission (Isabelle Vandoorne, DG MOVE.B3 and Laura Hetel, DG RTD.C2)




  • João Bernardino, Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Mobility Ângelo Pereira, City of Lisbon
  • Sergio Fernàndez Balaguer, Head of Department, Institutional Relations, EMT Madrid
  • Matthieu Graindorge, Senior Project Manager Smart & Green Mobility, City of Helmond
  • Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS
  • Françoise Guaspare, Policy Advisor, Ile-de-France
  • Charlotte Migne, Sustainability Director, FM Logistic Group
  • Armin Graeter, Leader Digitalisation and Automated Driving, BMW Group
  • Thomas Osdoba, Programme Director NetZeroCities, Climate-KIC




  • Rosalinde Van der Vlies, Director Clean Planet, Deputy Missions Manager, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission




  • Ivo Cré, Director Policy & Projects, POLIS