Margarita Parra speaking at COP 25
December 11, 2019

Clean Energy Works at COP 25

By: Jenna Barron

Clean Energy Works was represented at COP 25 by our International Program Director, Margarita Parra, who spoke at side events hosted by the Center for Biological Diversity and Transport Day organized by the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport.

Margarita spoke first on a panel titled “Transportation & Oil: Phasing Out Diesel Engines and the Fuel They Use to Meet the Paris Agreement.” While the focus was broadly on the electrification of transport and phasing out fossil fuels, Margarita also talked about the role of utilities in electrification and how their interest can be leveraged to reach climate finance goals. 

“We are encouraged that cities in Latin America are committing to transition to electric mobility, starting with public transportation, buses, and taxis,” said Margarita Parra, international program director at Clean Energy Works. “But we must be doing more in terms of innovative finance and working with new allies like utilities to accelerate the transition.”

Stories were also shared by the audience about successful transitions from fossil fuel powered vehicles and and the different methods pursued by countries as varied as Norway, Ireland, Spain and Cape Verde in increasing electric vehicle fleets. 

At Transport Day, diverse actors from civil society and national transport leaders from Chile, Spain, Germany, Uruguay, Denmark and Costa Rica discussed the role and vision of the transport sector. Transportation remains an important topic at the COP, especially since emission levels have risen since the Paris Agreement and only few countries included measurable targets into their National Determined Contributions. The electrification of transportation remains one of the most effective ways that emissions can be reduced, which makes Clean Energy Works’ goal of mitigating the upfront cost of clean energy solutions and opening the clean energy economy to all more relevant than ever.

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