Summit 2023

Focus on Light- and Heavy-duty vehicles

Sunday, May 21 – Wednesday, May 24

Werder (Havel), Germany

The second Transatlantic Transportation Decarbonization Summit will bring together government, industry, and thought leaders to accelerate one of the most important mechanisms for climate change mitigation: the electrification of all on-road vehicles.

As this critical decade speeds ahead, the transition to zero-emission transportation must accelerate. Major markets across North America and Europe have introduced and begun implementing leading-edge policies and regulations. Critical to our success globally is strong participation across the Atlantic. With input from six key government advisors, California, Canada, Germany, the European Commission, the United Kingdom, and the United States, we are staging an event to nurture deep conversation, relationship building, and ultimately problem-solving collaborations.

Hosted by Agora Verkehrswende and the International Council on Clean Transportation, the Summit will take place at Precise Resort Schwielowsee in Weder (Havel), Germany, from May 21st through 24th, 2023.

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Precise Resort Schwielowsee
Werder (Havel), Germany

45 kilometers southwest of Berlin.
15-minute drive from Potsdam.


This year, our agenda follows what is essentially the life cycle of a vehicle. There are decarbonization opportunities at every stage, and while always intertwined and overlapping, the solutions needed are distinct. On the first day, we will have solution-oriented discussions covering topics that include mining the raw materials needed to build electric power trains, distribution of technology throughout the globe, and ensuring a just transition for the millions of workers tied up in the vehicle supply chain.

How do we ensure there is a robust market for the electric vehicles being produced? Building infrastructure to support EV use, equitable access, and consumer trust will require a panoply of solutions. On day two, we will turn our attention to scaling the demand side. We will discuss how to increase the percentage of sales to 100% electric in time to meet our climate commitments and handle the growing need for scrappage and recycling of vehicles and their batteries.

Sunday, May 21st

Welcome reception and dinner

Monday, May 22nd

Regulatory landscape in major markets: Where are we now and where are going?
Updates on regulations in major markets

This session will focus on updates – since our last Summit – on policies recently adopted and under development from both sides of the Atlantic. In addition, we will cover a high-level outlook on electrifying the transport sector, its challenges, and ways ahead.

Collaboration: How can we jointly work towards a sufficient supply of batteries and electric vehicles?
Transatlantic collaboration: A just transition in an industrial transformation
How can North America and Europe work together? This conversation will cover the IRA, accessing raw materials, domestic manufacturing, and jobs. With a focus on the supply side, we will have a constructive conversation about current challenges and solutions.
Global collaboration: Working together at a global scale
In order to provide the right amount of technological and financial support to the global south, we will need a collaborative approach. This will be an exploration of the supply of vehicles, battery materials, raw materials, and investments in production facilities outside of major markets.

Tuesday, May 23rd

Moving beyond early adopters: How can we improve demand for electric vehicles?
Focus on private consumers

Now that electric vehicles have established a foothold in many major markets, the next step is scaling to the masses. What can been done at national and local levels to address the demand side? This session will cover policies such as bonus-malus or feebate systems, the idea of ‘social leasing’ and further equity considerations. In addition, how a fair and transparent pricing system for EV charging can help to convince a majority of consumers to opt for zero-emission vehicles at point of purchase.

Focus on commercial fleets
Vehicle fleets of cars, vans, and trucks, owned and operated by the public and the commercial sector make up a sizeable portion of vehicles on the road today. With considerations of economies of scale and total cost of ownership, fleet transition to EVs could have a disproportionate impact on the ZEV transition. What are the best practices for regulating and incentivizing fleet transition to EVs?
Melting the ICE-berg: How can we best achieve emissions reductions of the vehicle stock?
The last generation of ICE vehicles
Even a rapid adoption of ZEVs will still result in huge volumes of ICEs on the road for decades. This session will focus on measures for targeting emissions from the ICE fleet. This includes things such as scrappage programs, and regulations (such as Euro 7) for ensuring that new ICEs are as clean as possible. And the potential for e-fuels or other alternative fuels to help reduce the emissions impact of the ICE stock.
Decarbonizing automotive supply chains: How do we drive down emissions in the production phase?
Decarbonization of automotive supply chains
With the adoption of ZEVs and the progression of the energy transition, the decarbonization of the automotive supply chain is gaining importance – not only in regard to the decarbonization of the automotive industry itself, but also of other supply industries like steel, aluminum and plastics. To achieve a comprehensive decarbonization it is necessary to be able to measure emissions reliably. With globalized markets and value chains, an internationally harmonized approach is key here. In this session, we are trying to identify what the challenges for this are and how possible solutions could look like.

Wednesday, May 24th

Networking breakfast and send-off


Janet McCabe

Deputy Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Christian Hochfeld

Executive Director
Agora Verkehrswende


Drew Kodjak

Executive Director


Thomas Becker

Vice President Sustainability and Mobility


Jessica Olson

Vice President, Policy


Steven Cliff

Executive Officer
California Air Resources Board

Udo Riese

Head of Sustainable Investing
Allianz Investment Management SE

Tim Dallman

International Partnerships Program Lead

Rachel Muncrief

Deputy Director


Stephanie Searle

Fuels Program Director and US Regional Director


Sandra Wappelhorst

Senior Researcher