17/05/2021 Online

EU Green Deal: Climate-neutral mobility in Europe’s regions, cities and municipalities

The European Union has committed to become climate-neutral by 2050, requiring a strong collaboration across municipalities, cities and regions. The Greens, strong advocates for sustainable mobility, invite you to join the webinar on May17 15.30, to share your knowledge and experience.

POLIS helped bring together representatives from the local, urban and regional level. This is an opportunity for leading voices such as Mr. Dessers, Member of the Leuven City Council and OCMW Council as well as the municipality of Brussels , to share their experience and discuss the ways to pursue climate-neutral mobility ambitions. Three breakout sessions will then offer space for more in-depth interactive exchange, focusing on different enablers for a successful and efficient transition to climate-neutral mobility.


Languages: English, French and German 

Facilitator: Angelika Poth-Mögele, Secretary General of the Greens in the CoR

PART I: A multi-level perspective on climate-neutral mobility (15:30-17:00)

  • Welcome remarks by Bernd Voss, Co-President of the Greens in the CoR
  • Opening remarks by Robert van Asten, CoR rapporteur on the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy
  • 15:35 – 15:50
    • Intervention from a smaller city level perspective: Lappeenranta, FI
    • Hanna Holopainen, 2nd Deputy Chairwoman of the Lappeenranta City Government
  • 15:50 - 16.05
    • Intervention from a bigger city level perspective: Cologne, DE
    • Andreas Wolter, Mayor, President of Climate Alliance German
  • 16:05 – 16:20: Intervention from a regional level perspective: Brussels Region, BE
  • 16:20 – 16:35
    • Intervention addressing the cross-border dimension: Luxembourg, LU
    • Carlo Back, Member of the Municipal Council of Luxembourg City, President of the Committee for Mobility and Public Works

Questions and Answers

PART II: Interactive exchanges on implementation: tips and tricks (17:00-18:00 )

  • Introductory remarks
  • Exchanges in break-out sessions
    • Breakout one (with interpretation)
      • Political acceptance and communication
      • Facilitator: Linda Gaasch, Member of City Council, Ville de Luxembourg, LU
      • Input: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, DE (tbc)
    • Breakout two (in EN only)
      • Funding climate-neutral mobility
      • Facilitator: Una Power, Chair of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, IE
      • Input: Stefan Werland, Senior Researcher on Mobility of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, DE
    • Breakout three (in EN only)
      • Legal and structural enablers for climate-neutral mobility
      • Facilitator: Florian Siekmann, Member of the State Parliament of Bavaria, DE
      • Input: David Dessers, Alderman responsible for mobility, climate and sustainability of the City of Leuven, BE
  • Short reports from the breakout sessions in plenary
  • Closing Remarks by Satu Haapanen, Co-President of the Greens in the CoR

Register here.