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Conference on Air Pollution and Clean Mobility

Energy, Environment and Climate
Date: Thursday, 23 November 2017 09:00 - 11:00

Venue: European Parliament - Altiero Spinelli building, Room ASP 3H1  |  City: Ixelles, Belgium

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To a European Parliament Conference on Air Pollution and Clean Mobility  
co-hosted by MEP Seb Dance, MEP Keith Taylor and non-profit organisation Bellona Europa

Location: Room A3H-1, European Parliament, Brussels
Date and time: 09:00 - 11:00am, 23 November 2017

Register here

Focus of the conference:

One in three Europeans living in cities today endure air quality deemed illegal under EU air quality standards. This has significant financial and economic implications, in terms of increased expenditures on hospital charges, public health spending, reduced labour productivity and pre-mature deaths. Road transport is responsible for the lion’s share of health damaging local air pollution, being the largest source of NOx emissions, as well as particulate matter. A recent Bellona report found that if this heavy, yet unaccounted for, human health cost was to be borne by fossil fuel car makers, we would see a doubling in the average internal combustion engine (ICE) car’s sticker price. This unaffordable personal and economic cost of air pollution highlights the need for ambitious policy action at the EU, national and local level.

This conference will take a closer look at the role of public authorities in tackling the air pollution-induced human health crisis through stimulating the uptake of zero emission mobility. 557,000 cities and communities world-wide spend roughly €4 trillion per year on public procurement; the equivalent of 10% of global GDP. This makes cities key to boosting demand for sustainable zero emission mobility. The ongoing revision of the Clean Vehicles Directive offers a once-in-a-decade opportunity to redesign existing EU legislation into a user-friendly and effective tool for the procurement of zero emission electric vehicles and paving the way for cleaner, healthier cities.

Panel composition:

Opening remarks – Host MEP, Keith Taylor

Illustrating the scale of today’s fossil car-induced human health crisis – Jonas Helseth, Director at Bellona Europa

What if the exhaust emissions-induced human health cost was to be borne by fossil car makers, and reflected in ICE cars’ price tags?

Health before profit: reflecting citizens’ voices in local and EU legislation Lievin Chemin, Mobility & Air Quality, Brussels Citizens’ Initiative, BRAL

Taking a closer look at the city we live in: state of play, obstacles, and outlook for positive change

Transitioning from niche to mainstream: Getting the right regulatory framework in place and creating supply & demand for clean mobility – Felix von Pechmann, Head of Electric Bus Programme, RATP  

RATP, the Parisian public transport operator, will share some insights into its Bus2025 program, which aims to convert 80% of its bus fleet in the Paris Region to fully electric buses by 2025.

Redesigning the Clean Vehicles Directive - European Commission, DG MOVE representative (tbc)

Insights into the Commission’s proposal for the reform of the Clean Vehicles Directive, and what design features are needed going forward

Q&A session

Closing remarks – Host MEP, Seb Dance

Moderated by Teodora Serafimova, Policy Manager at Bellona Europa

Coffee & tea will be served.

Please do not hesitate to share this invitation with interested colleagues and contacts. 



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All Dates

  • Thursday, 23 November 2017 09:00 - 11:00

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