The goal of the Global e-Mobility Forum – Driving Change Together 2020, organized by National Centre for Climate Change in Poland and Polish Alternative Fuels Association, was to discuss the support instruments for the implementation of the European Green Deal objectives. Michal Kurtyka, Minister of Climate and Environment of Poland, was hosting the event and, amongst the keynote speakers invited were: Adina Vălean – European Commissioner for Transport, Inger Andersen – Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme and Nadhim Zahawi – Minister for Business and Industry of the United Kingdom. The Forum gathered representatives of countries, regions, and cities, NGOs and business as well as sustainable transport experts, to debate about the political and economic paths of the implementation of the Green Deal after the COVID-19 pandemic has ceased. With over 2 700 participants from 116 countries, GEF2020 was one of the largest events of this type, worldwide.
The challenges of reducing emissions and pollution cover all sectors of the economy, including transport. The transport sector is responsible for 14% of global GHG emissions. In the perspective of the world’s rapid urbanization and progressive globalization, manifested by the increase in the volume of freight transport, as well as the mobility of people, this will increase the demand for transport services. The challenge of transport emissions is proving increasingly important. This trend emphasizes technological and organisational change, steering the world towards electromobility and zero-emission transport. The Polish Presidency of COP24 proposed to make electromobility one of the leading topics of the Conference of the Parties. The tool to achieve this goal is the Driving Change Together – Katowice Partnership for Electromobility. The Global e-Mobility Forum is a continuation of this initiative which was established during the COP24 and developed into an annual event. Its first edition took place in 2019 at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland. 2020 edition was organized online.