Side Events
Wednesday 25 May 2011, 11:15-12:45, Hall 4
Bringing Health into Transport Planning
World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
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The rapid growth of road transport in Europe affects health and the environment through congestion, crashes, air pollution, noise, psychosocial effects (e.g. community severance), and contributing to sedentary lifestyles, especially in urban areas, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. This poses costs to society and the economy in the estimated order of 8% of GDP. Walking and cycling offer an answer to these challenges by providing healthy, environmentally friendly, efficient, convenient, low-capital intensity, "zero-emissions" and economically viable modes of transport in urban areas.

To illustrate the economic benefits of walking and cycling, the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP), a platform for integrated policy-making in transport, has supported the development of the Health Economic Assessment Tools (HEAT) for cycling and walking. HEAT are new tools designed to help transport and urban planners to estimate the economic savings from death reductions due to cycling and walking and are a basis for improved investments.

The side event will launch the HEAT for cycling and walking, highlight practical examples of the cost-benefit ratio of investments and discuss how to more effectively promote cycling and walking as "win-win-win" transport policy options.

Vadim DONCHENKO, Director General, Scientist and Research Institute of Motor Transport (NIIAT), Russian Federation

Nick CAVILL, Cavill Associates, United Kingdom
Sonja KAHLMEIER, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Philippe MALER, Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and the Sea, France
Eva MOLNAR, Director, Transport Division, UNECE
Robert THALER, Head of Division, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria
Francesca RACIOPPI, European Centre for Environment and Health, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe

Contact: Cristiana Salvi
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Wednesday 25 May 2011, 13:45-15:15, Hall 4
Biofuels in Transport
Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Netherlands and NL Agency
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The side event will address transnational collaborations regarding biofuels in transport and is initiated by ERA-NET Transport (ENT). A key characteristic of ENT is transnational collaboration on R&D. The side event is one of the steps in a wider process of identifying potential future topics for ENT.

Earlier steps included interviews and consultation rounds among international expert networks, as well as a national workshop in the Netherlands. These resulted in a list of potential topics, which will be the starting point for the side event. Under the guidance of a moderator the participants will make further selections and rankings. This will result in a short list of topics concerning transnational collaboration on biofuels in transport, which will be forwarded for further elaboration under ENT.

Els DE WIT, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment;
Peter WILBERS, NL Agency

Contact: Peter Wilbers

Wednesday 25 May 2011, 15:45-16:45, Hall 5
Addressing Gender Needs and Constraints in Transport
World Bank
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The side event will bring together researchers and practitioners who will share their expertise on how to address gender issues in transport policies and investments; the integration of gender measures in national transport policies to ensure equity; and building capacity initiatives for addressing gender differences in transportation needs and constraints.

The event will present an overview of gender aspects in transportation in both developed and developing economies, highlighting similarities and differences across countries in terms of accessibility, affordability, safety and quality. The event will serve as a platform for discussion on knowledge and research gaps, as well as the challenges and prospects for policies on gender issues in transportation.

Julie BABINARD, World Bank
Sandra ROSENBLOOM, Professor of Planning, University of Arizona;
Chantal DUCHENE, ChD Mobilité Transport

Contact: Julie Babinard


Thursday 26 May 2011, 17:00-18:00, Hall 4
Peak Transport: Is There a Saturation of Demand?
Institute for Mobility Research (BMW Group)
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Demand in passenger transport has been rising steadily in industrialised countries. Especially since World War II, kilometres travelled have greatly increased. GDP growth have gone hand-in-hand with rising passenger transport. Income growth has enabled people to spend more money on transport, and travel time savings have enabled people to travel. Globalisation has led to an international expansion of private and business networks, thus international travel has increased. On a national level commuting has increased due to further dispersion of settlement patterns. Thus, various factors have lead to an increase in passenger kilometres travelled, especially in car transportation and aviation. In the recent past, growth rates in passenger kilometres travelled have been much lower; in some countries we are even seeing stagnating rates. Can we thus conclude that a saturation level of demand has been reached? Are there countries that have already reached that level?

Irene FEIGE, Deputy Head of Institute for Mobility Research (IFMO)
David METZ, Visiting Professor, Centre for Transport Studies, University College London
Stefan ROMMERSKIRCHEN, Managing Director, ProgTrans AG, Basel
Kurt VAN DENDER, Chief Economist, International Transport Forum

Contact: Irene Feige