ICCT 2011 Summit
The seventh meeting of the International Council on Clean Transportation convened in Mexico at the end of March 2011. Participants from Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and the United States, as well as from the host country, came together for two and a half days of structured conversation on the spectrum of challenges and opportunities in clean transportation policy.
Panel discussions on greenhouse gas standards for passenger vehicles and the global status of policies for electric-drive vehicles were the central elements in the first day’s exchanges. A keynote address on global health impacts by Dan Greenbaum of the Health Effects Institute preceded sessions on the control of conventional pollutants, black carbon, and emisisons and mileage standards for heavy-duty vehicles on day two. The meeting closed with a half-day hands-on review of the ICCT’s global transportation policy roadmap, a work-in-progress that will be completed in the fall of 2011.
Since 2001, the ICCT has periodically brought together regulators, policy analysts, and thought leaders from the world’s largest and fastest-growing motorized vehicle markets to compare experiences, share notes, discuss best practices, and cultivate a network of expertise equal to the challenges of crafting technically and scientifically sound, practicable, sustainable policies to reduce air pollution and promote clean transportation worldwide.
Because the 7th ICCT Summit coincided with the tenth anniversary of the council’s founding, the ICCT’s chair, Michael Walsh, opening the meeting with a look back at key developments in transportation and environmental policy worldwide over the past decade.