Climate needs action: webinar on achieving low carbon transport in cities

Climate Change is now affecting every country on every continent. People are experiencing significant impacts which include changing weather patterns, rising sea level and more extreme weather events. Climate Change is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and regions. Acting today for tomorrow is an essential policy, to trigger affordable, scalable solutions which are available to cleaner, more resilient economies. Considering decarbonising transport, a sector which is at the heart of the economic growth and globalisation, will provide answers to existing knowledge, gaps and barriers to implement or scale up several identified solutions. Assessing low carbon transport in cities will gather best practices that may be transferrable to other places and will contribute to building up a portfolio of best practice examples that contribute to a low carbon economy, providing answers to this global challenge.

3 – 4 September 2020, Thursday – Friday

free online event

Event Summary

The webinar will bring together stakeholders from three countries: UK, Romania and Bulgaria. They represent policy makers, business, researchers and academic experts to discuss how to move to cleaner economic growth through low carbon innovations and technologies in cities and transport, while considering efficient use of resources. The event aims at driving local policy-makers, industry and scientists to increase their ambition around climate change improved solutions. It will demonstrate the UK leadership in taking action to protect, sustainably manage, and restore the environment. The journey towards carbon neutral smart cities will tackle systems efficiency by explaining how to avoid or reduce the need to travel, as well as how to achieve a sustainable trip by shifting to more environmentally friendly transport modes. Vehicle performance will be illustrated through presenting innovations in energy efficiency of transport modes and vehicle technology. The webinar will be part of a series of events, whose objective is to develop a network of experts in the Eastern Balkans region, which will work with UK partners to identify answers and implement jointly the most efficient solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Green recovery will be also considered as part of the current concerns.

The event will be in English and no translation will be provided
Climate needs action: webinar on achieving low carbon transport in cities

3 – 4 September 2020, Thursday – Friday


Transition to low/zero carbon transport: strategies, research & innovation
Transport & energy: what are the most efficient solutions and how can they be implemented
Low carbon innovations and technologies in urban transport
Carbon neutral smart cities: avoid; shift; reduce.
Low carbon integrated mobility in smart cities (airport/port cities; urban vs/& rural mobility)


UK leadership in the development, manufacture and use of low carbon technologies will be showcased. The webinar will maximise the advantages for the UK industry and science as the event will open doors for a regional cooperation. Existing concepts of sustainable mobility transferrable in the Eastern Balkans region will be underlined and further explored in a series of follow-up events shaped on the basis of identified priorities in R&I for partnerships. The most important outcome of this event is setting up clusters and teams to work together on different opportunities, including proposals linked to decarbonising transport and cities, as well as the European Green Deal (EGD) call.


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Day 1

11:15 Eastern Europe
09:15 UK

Welcome and opening

13:00 Eastern Europe
11:00 UK

Setting the scene: low carbon transport strategies

Session 1
14:45 Eastern Europe
12:45 UK

Transport and energy: in search for efficient solutions

Session 2
15:15 Eastern Europe
13:15 UK

Discussion and Concluding remarks of day 1

Day 2

12:30 Eastern Europe
10:30 UK

Urban environment: potential and challenges of low carbon innovations

Session 3
13:30 Eastern Europe
11:30 UK

Urban environment: potential and challenges of low carbon innovations

Session 3 continue
15:50 Eastern Europe
13:50 UK

Transport Sector: potential solutions

Session 4
17:00 Eastern Europe
15:00 UK

Low carbon integrated mobility in cities and regions – case-studies

Session 5
18:00 Eastern Europe
16:00 UK

Low carbon integrated mobility in cities and regions – case-studies

Session 5 continue
18:30 Eastern Europe
16:30 UK

Event conclusions and closing


Assen Assenov, PhD


Asen Asenov, PhD

Head of the Department of Transport, Transport Faculty
University of Ruse


Catalin Boghiu

Director for Smart City solutions
Iasi Municipality


Daria Vladikova

Chair of the Bulgarian Hydrogen, Fuel Cell and Energy Storage Association
Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

United Kingdom

Delia Dimitriu, PhD

Associate Director, Connected Places Catapult
UK Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

United Kingdom

Ehsan Alborzi, Dr

Aviation Fuel and Lubricant Research Fellow
The University of Sheffield


Elena Farca

Head of International Cooperation Office
Iasi Municipality

United Kingdom

Emma Fenton

Global Innovation Lead – Climate, Horizon 2020 National Contact Point
Innovate UK


Emiliya Petkova

Project manager
Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

United Kingdom

Fabio Galatioto

Senior Transport and Environmental specialist
Connected Places Catapult, UK

United Kingdom

Greg Marsden

Professor in Transport Governance
Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK

United Kingdom

Henrik Rothe

Digital Aviation Research Technology Centre, Cranfield University


Jana Koleva

Chief expert, Strategic Development Directorate
Burgas Municipality


Julian Popov

Independent expert
Energy and climate diplomacy, energy policies, low-carbon economy


László Borbély

State Counsellor
Coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development

United Kingdom

Liana Cipcigan, Prof.

School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Leader Sustainable Transport research theme, Director Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence, Leader Decarbonising Transport through Electrification (DTE) Network+


Liviu Stanciu

Alba Iulia smart city strategy elaboration expert

United Kingdom

Louise Mothersole

UK National Contact Point – Horizon 2020, Transport
Innovate UK


Lucia Cristea

Managing Director
European Integrated Projects


Mihaela Diana Lazar

Senior Researcher
National Institute for Research and Development for Isotopic and Molecular Technologies (INCDTIM)


Ovidiu Cimpean

Director of Local Development Division
Cluj-Napoca City Hall

United Kingdom

Patrizia Franco

Principal technologist in Demand Modelling
Connected Places Catapult

United Kingdom

Peter Jones

Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development, Dept of Civil, Environ & Geomatic Eng
Faculty of Engineering Science, University College London

United Kingdom

Phil Blythe, CEng, FIET

Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems
School of Engineering, Newcastle University

United Kingdom

Solon Solomou

Researcher at Complexity, Planning and Urbanism (CPU) Laboratory
Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University


Veronica Toza

Climate Change Law and Policy - Expert; Climate Change Diplomacy
Nominated Expert to the UNFCCC Roster of Experts on behalf of Romania


Violeta Mihalache

Urban mobility expert, Director Urban Survey
Coordinator of National Network CIVINET Romania

United Kingdom

Ulysses Sengupta, Prof.

Head of the Complexity, Planning and Urbanism (CPU) Laboratory
Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University

United Kingdom

Zaili Yang, Prof.

Offshore and Marine Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University


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