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Events Round-up: zero-emission transportation at Climate Week NYC 2023

Events Round-up: zero-emission transportation at Climate Week NYC 2023

Whether you are attending the conference in person or want to register to listen in virtually, these events offer an inside look at how progress happens.

As the need for climate action becomes more pressing each day, demand for clean transportation is accelerating, with Drive Electric Campaign partners steering the conversation. Climate Week NYC 2023, hosted by Drive Electric partner The Climate Group, will bring together key leaders from government, business, and research organizations to optimize the road to a climate-resilient future.

At this year’s event, Drive Electric coalition partners will host events showcasing the latest in global EV commitments and expansion, collaboration across organizational sectors, and transportation emissions in NYC, with a particular focus on medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles. Whether you are attending the conference in person or want to register to listen in virtually, these events offer an inside look at how progress happens. 

Read on for Drive Electric partner events at Climate Week NYC.


The great transport divide: harnessing collective efforts for electric vehicles in the Global South

Monday, 9/18 at 11:45-12:30pm EDT – link to register & watch online

Road transport is responsible for 15% of CO2 emissions worldwide. As we increase the speed of transport electrification, we must make sure the switch to EVs happens globally and the benefits to air quality and health are distributed equally. Looking to Latin America and India, it’s clear that the switch presents both challenges and opportunities. Collaboration between governments and the private sector will be critical to the Global South’s electrification journey. Hosted by the Climate Group’s ZEV Community, this panel discussion features several Drive Electric Campaign partner voices: it will be moderated by Rachel Muncrief of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), with panelist Silvia Rojas of Asociación Costarricense de Movilidad Eléctrica (ASOMOVE), and introductory remarks by Lina Fedirko from ClimateWorks Foundation.


Road to success: picking up the pace of electrification in the heavy-duty freight sector

Monday, 9/18 at 1:45 pm EDT – link to register & watch online

Heavy trucking is responsible for more emissions than the aviation and shipping sectors combined. Work to electrify lighter vehicles is well established and gathering pace, but we can’t ignore the heaviest, dirtiest vehicles on the road if we’re to meet our climate targets. How can we ensure that trucks aren’t being left behind? What needs to happen, who needs to take the lead, and how can the transition benefit people and businesses? Hosted by The Climate Group.


Accelerating to a Zero-Emission Transportation Sector

Monday, 9/19 at 3:00 pm EDT – link to register & watch online

Signatories to the Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Declaration signed on to the global pledge to ensure that all new car and van sales be zero emission by 2040 globally, and by 2035 in leading markets. This level of ambition is critical to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change and will help tackle air pollution, reduce oil dependency, and deliver new jobs. This session will showcase the current progress of ZEV Declaration signatories in reaching this ambitious target and further discuss the importance of a zero-emission transportation sector. Featured senior leaders from across the eight distinct signatory categories will share key insights from their ZEV transitions, including lessons learned and their vision for the future. Hosted by the Accelerating to Zero (A2Z) Coalition.


Reducing NYC Transportation Emissions: the ZEV for NYC Act

Tuesday, 9/20 at 6:00 pm EDT – link to register & watch online

Transportation accounted for 28% of NYC’s emissions in 2021. City government has been increasing the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs), but it has not yet deployed a significant percentage of the municipal fleet as 100% zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). ZEVs eliminate direct emissions and dramatically reduce indirect emissions. The ZEV for NYC Act sets intermediary ZEV purchasing deadlines and requires the City to transition most of its fleet to ZEVs by July 1, 2035. (The NYC Council may vote on the ZEV for NYC Act before this event.) Hosted by the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and C40 Cities.

Published September 14, 2023

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