2019 Meeting of the G20 Transport Task Group

The second in-person meeting of the TTG took place from October 28-30, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Attendees included representatives from eleven G20 economies (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, European Union, Germany, India, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United States), five additional countries, and ten intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations. The meeting was co-organised by the US EPA; DG-CLIMA; the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan; IPEEC; ICCT; and the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI). The meeting was held at the facilities of the Japan Standards Internationalization Center (JASIC) in Tokyo.

The principal objective of the TTG meeting was to take stock of recent updates in G20 economies and engage participants in a strategic discussion of the group’s activities and vision for 2020.

The 2019 TTG meeting took place over the course of three days. On the first day of the meeting, the TTG presented the important progress made in improving the energy efficiency and environmental performance of vehicles in 18 countries. The ICCT provided an update on TTG-related technical activities in India, Argentina, and South Africa, which included a proof-of- concept adaptation of VECTO in India, HDV aerodynamic drag determination tests and on-road fuel consumption measurement in Argentina, and an analysis of policy pathwaysfor cleaner fuels and vehicles in South Africa. Participants also had an opportunity to learn from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on how they are accelerating the deployment of zero-emission vehicles, and from ICLEI on how they are closely working with cities on topics such as electric and shared mobility, logistics and construction, active travel and governance, and planning and coordination. These presentations were followed by update from ICCT on the status of emission standards around the world and the opportunity for international harmonisation of future emission standards from a Post-Euro 6/VI perspective. The day concluded with an interactive session for governments to brainstorm, discuss, and provide input on the next year of TTG activities.

The second day provided an opportunity for participants to hear about the latest transport innovations happening in the private sector. Industry representatives from Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Isuzu, Saudi Aramco and SABIC provided an overview of the latest emission control technology. Participants enjoyed a technical tour to the production facilities of HINO, a major truck and bus manufacturer.

The third day focused on health and compliance. Experts shared the latest research on health effects of air pollution and the transport sector’s contribution to ambient air pollution. Participants discussed opportunities and challenges to further reduce transportation emissions in their regions, including world- class and next-generation emissions standards, urban mobility policies, in-use strategies to accelerate fleet renewal, and transitions to zero- emission technologies. In the afternoon session, experts also shared updates to international best practices on mobile source emissions compliance and enforcement, technical and testing methods for in-use compliance, and policy approaches to improve in-use emissions performance.

Over the course of three days, meeting participants showed a strong sense of common purpose among policymakers, international experts, and the industry to the scale up the implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency and emission control measures in the transport sector. A copy of the workshop report can be found here.


Josh Miller