Safe, Clean, Fair & Green in Leipzig: FIA Foundation at the International Transport Forum

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Sheila Watson, Deputy Director of the FIA Foundation and Executive Secretary of the GFEI.
Sheila Watson, Deputy Director of the FIA Foundation and Executive Secretary of the GFEI.
Heather Allen discusses the 'Safe and Sound' research.
Heather Allen discusses the 'Safe and Sound' research.
Lew Fulton, co-Director of the STEPS Centre at University of California, UC Davis.
Lew Fulton, co-Director of the STEPS Centre at University of California, UC Davis.
Peter Mock, Managing Director for the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT).
Peter Mock, Managing Director for the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT).

The ITF Annual Summit in Leipzig has been a great opportunity to share the whole range of FIA Foundation work with the Ministers, CEOs, heads of delegation, thought leaders from civil society, academia, and media who gather here each year to chew over pressing transport challenges.

From briefings with the Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine, on the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI), to a breakfast meeting with key stakeholders on the theme of vulnerable transport users – including children and women – on whom our Global Initiative for Child Health and Mobility (CHMI) and Safe and Sound work is focused, there have been countless opportunities to have the FIA Foundation voice heard.

It has also been the perfect setting in which to share our latest work on vehicle emissions and the transition to decarbonised transport. Lew Fulton from GFEI partner UC Davis shared the findings of new research (GFEI working paper 16) that models potential scenarios for electric vehicle (EV) growth by 2030. While it remains possible to reach the Paris Declaration on Electro-Mobility target of 100 million EVs by 2030, there is no doubt that strong policies will be needed in support. “It is a very heavy lift to hit the target”, Lew Fulton said “The need for moving fast is very apparent.”

In the same discussion, Peter Mock, Managing Director for the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) in Europe highlighted the urgent need to tackle ‘excess emissions’ of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from vehicles, which, new analysis by ICCT suggests has caused 38,000 premature deaths globally in 2015. “Thousands of people might well have lived longer if vehicle regulations on air quality had been respected.” he said. ICCT are partners with the FIA Foundation in TRUE (The Real Urban Emissions initiative), which was launched by the Mayors of London and Paris in March. TRUE will use roadside testing to provide new data about the real emissions of vehicles. This data will inform consumers and policymakers. Cheating on emissions testing is not a victimless crime, whilst the market for EVs is so far failing to deliver, cleaning up diesels is a huge priority.

As this year’s Congress closes, and thoughts turn to 2018, we welcome the plan to have safety and security in transport – particularly for vulnerable road users as the central theme. Our work with the Latin American Development Bank, CAF, on the second phase of the Safe and Sound work is a great example of the practical capacity-building which ITF could showcase. ‘Ella se mueve segura’ is working in Buenos Aires, Bogota, and Santiago to share lessons about personal safety on public transport. We look forward to sharing it, and the many other aspects of our ‘Safe, Clean, Fair and Green’ work programme in an equally sunny Leipzig next year.