Transforming Transport for
Health and Climate Protection

Transforming Transport for
Health and Climate Protection

Ensuring climate solutions for transport and mobility
that are healthy and equitable

11 May 2021 (Tuesday) I 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm CEST

*To participate in side events, registration via the online conference platform is required.
Please note that your attendance needs to be confirmed by the conference organizers.


It is widely acknowledged that a changing climate will have a significant negative impact on human health.

Transport is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions and tackling transport emissions will also have significant positive impacts on air pollution. But the benefits of transforming mobility to sustainable, low carbon paradigms spam across the wide notion of planetary health on which our civilisation depends and in which human health and the health of our planet are inextricably linked.

Whether it is curbing emissions, reducing deaths and injuries in road crashes, enabling a health enabling urban environment with walking and cycling, supporting mental health with reclaimed streets for community life or better integrating urban spatial and transport planning for place-making; the nexus across transport-air pollution-health is a multiplier.

The workshop aims to bring together these mutually-reinforcing drivers to help catalyse integrated action.

Keywords: Air quality and transport, Climate change and transport, Active mobility, Urban planning and land use, Road safety

  • Bring together stakeholders from the climate, transport and public health communities and explore the nexus between climate, transport and public health.
  • Present good practices and Identify entry points for better policy coherence.
  • Link the Avoid-Shift-Improve Framework with human, public, and planetary health, and to show that the cost of inaction on sustainable, low carbon transport can have a major impact on public health.


Provisional Programme

12:30 – 12:40

Opening session

Welcome from SLOCAT, session objectives and segments guidance.

Opening Remarks by Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Head of Climate Change Unit, WHO

Evidence on effectiveness of interventions among the climate-transport-health nexus


Segment 1: What are some of the existing good practice/ innovative solutions/ quantification methodologies available?

  • Cristina Pricop, Policy Officer for Healthy Recovery, EPHA
  • Aimée Aguilar Jaber, Team Leader -Climate Change Mitigation Team, Environment Directorate, OECD
  • Mark Major, Senior Advisor, SLOCAT
  • Jose Siri, Senior Science Lead – Cities, Urbanisation and Health for Our Planet Our Health Programme, Wellcome Trust

13:06 – 13:30

Segment 2: Thematic exchanges

While the impacts of active mobility on physical health are known, how do transport policies also improve mental health and social cohesion, especially for the most vulnerable groups?

How do we build back green, equitable transport systems in a post-COVID-19 recovery phase?

13:31 – 13:45

Q&A from audience
Contact Focal Point

Alice Yiu, Policy Advocacy and Strategic Communications, SLOCAT Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport.