Overview of GIZ Transport Events at COP28

In 2023, the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the UNFCCC will be held at Expo City, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. COP28 will take place from 30 November until 12 December 2023. Pre-sessional take place from 24 to 29 November.

To achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, a phase-out from fossil fuels , especially oil, is imperative, particularly in the transport sector, which remains heavily dependent on oil for about 91% of its final energy consumption. The Council of the EU’s stance for COP28 includes an explicit call for an ‘unabated’ fossil fuel phase-out which would be an essential step towards a net-zero world and a net-zero transport sector.  

In the realm of the Global Stocktake (GST), the assessment allowed to put emphasis on the identified gaps for increased climate action. This means that more ambitious mitigation targets in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are needed and underlines the pivotal role of enhanced transparency in monitoring progress. The GST underscores the significance of sectoral quantitative mitigation targets, advocating for a comprehensive transformation across all sectors. With a look to transport which has exhibited the highest increase in global emissions from 2010 to 2019, specific attention should be paid to this sector.

COP28 serves as a crucial opportunity to bridge the gap between technical insights from the GST and their political integration into both international negotiations and national NDCs. 

Read below for an overview of GIZ Transport’s presence during COP28.

18th Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS); Session 2A: Environmentally sustainable transport accelerates the climate goal and the SDGs

3 December | 03:10 – 04:40 pm (UTC+4)
Organised by: WMO, UNCTAD, UNCRD and IUCN
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Canal View (Address: Marasi Drive, P.O. Box 16021, Business Bay)
GIZ focal point: Urda Eichhorst as Speaker


4 December | 01:00 – 06:30 pm (UTC+4)
Organised by: CCG, FCDO, ADB, SLOCAT, WRI
Venue: Voco(r) Bonnington Dubai (Address: Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J PO Box 37246)
GIZ focal point: Urda Eichhorst
Event details: Hybrid event, see session details, register here for on-site participation
>> Join online here

E-bus: a blueprint for a global deployment

4 December | 04:15 – 06:00 pm (UTC+4)
Organised by: CCTF/WBCSD
Venue: Green Zone
GIZ focal Point: Jens Giersdorf
Event Details: Panel

Transport Community Reception

4 December | 07:00 – 09:00 pm (UTC+4)
Organised by: CCG, FCDO, ADB, SLOCAT, WRI
Venue: Voco(r) Bonnington Dubai (Address: Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J PO Box 37246.)
GIZ focal point: Urda Eichhorst
Event details: By invitation only.

Visioning to implementation – National transport decarbonization policies that match climate targets in China, India, and Vietnam

5 December | 03:30 – 04:30 pm (UTC+4)
Organised by: WRI (GIZ, SLOCAT, ICCT, REN21, Agora Verkehrswende)
Venue: NDC Partnership Pavilion
GIZ focal point: Urda Eichhorst
Event details: Hybrid event, see session details, Launch of the new NDC-TIA Report
>> Watch the livestream here

The pathway to decarbonization and climate resilient transport

6 December | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (UTC+4)
Organised by: ADB
Venue: ADB Pavilion
GIZ speaker: Urda Eichhorst
Event details: Event flyer

Sustainable low carbon mobility

6 December | 11:00 am – 01:00 pm (UTC+4)
Venue: UN DESA / SDG Pavilion, Blue Zone
GIZ focal Point: Urda Eichhorst
Event details: tbc

Voyage of Resilience: WAM’S Sustainable Maritime Solutions in the Pacific

9 December | 01:00 am – 01:50 pm (UTC+4)
Organised by: GIZ, Waan Aelõn in Majel (WAM – Canoes of the Marshall Islands), National Energy Office
Venue: Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion Blue Zone
Event details: hybrid event
Streaming Link:
More information: Voyage of Resilience: WAM’s Sustainable Maritime Solutions in the Pacific | Internationale Klimaschutzinitiative (IKI) (

Country flags outside the conference venue at COP28 in Dubai ©UNFCCC, Source: flickr
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