The meeting was a good opportunity to share experiences, challenges and agendas for promoting contact networks to strengthen public management in public transport and non-road mobile machinery for improving air quality.
On 13 March, the programme held the second meeting in 2020 of the CALAC+ Steering Committee in the city of Bogota. Its purpose was to share its progress in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, identify actions and approve plans for developing the programme in 2020, taking measures to reduce emissions of soot, atmospheric pollutants and greenhouse gases in urban transport and construction machinery.
There was a preliminary meeting in the morning at the Transmilenio installations, which was an opportunity for sharing experiences, challenges and agendas, in order to create and strengthen contact networks between decision-makers that will strengthen public transport management.
Representatives from the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, the Bogota Environment Secretariat and Transmilenio formed the appropriate framework for holding discussions, exchanging information and establishing contact in future, for the cities to learn about each other’s progress.
In comparison with other years, this year’s committee meeting is especially important for the programme, as it coincides with the final year of the first phase of CALAC+ and aims to identify the impacts on air quality and health of the measures the governments will implement with the support of CALAC+.
The committee meeting began in the afternoon, and approved the following main actions for 2020:
- Proposal for a technical standard for measuring nanoparticles, to be formulated by a working party composed of representatives from all the countries that participate in the project.
- Evaluation of the impact on public health of the measures promoted by the CALAC+ programme.
- Conclude non-road mobile machinery emission inventories. This, together with a cost/benefit analysis of the implementation of regulatory standards, will enable each country to define a proposed roadmap (regulatory strategy).
- Formulate a virtual tool for calculating emissions of the various types of technology available for transport.
The committee also scheduled a Second off-road mobile machinery Workshop, an International Seminar on electro-mobility, focusing on the financing and management of public transport, other more specific events on hydrogen technology in transport, and the adoption of the Euro VI emission standard.
The 2020 Steering Committee meeting was attended by Swiss Cooperation (SDC), Swisscontact, the Chilean Ministry of the Environment, the Chilean Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment, the Peruvian Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Mexico City Environment Secretariat, the Colombian Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development and the Bogota Environment Secretariat.
Calac+ was promoted by SDC’s Global Programme on Climate Change and Environment in the cities of Santiago de Chile, Lima, Bogota and Mexico City. It began its activities in March 2018 and is expected to be completed in February 2021. The Calac+ activities contribute to four of the eleven United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 3 (health), 7 (clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities) and 13 (climate action).
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