Zero Emission Trucks Are Here- how to finance the transition?

May 24, 2023 4:00 pm CET

This double session will provide two empowering events on Financing the transition to zero- emission trucks: 1) a High-level inspirational panel, from 16:00 to 16:40, 2) an interactive workshop, from 16:40 to 18:00.

ITF23 creates a unique opportunity for the transport community to unite and align on climate action. Logistics emissions are set to increase 42% by 2050 according to the International Transport Forum and the OECD, contributing to global climate change. It is time to align with all relevant stakeholders towards sector decarbonization and start scaling-up zero-emission transport.

Since COP26, 27 countries committed to working towards 100% new sales of medium- and heavy- duty zero emission trucks (ZETs) in 2040, with an interim goal of 30% in 2030. In order to turn this ambition into action, two challenging items that have clearly stood out are the need for coordination between transport and energy agencies, and how to finance the transition. The total cost of ownership of nearly all use cases will be competitive by 2030 at the latest. However, without long-term energy strategy and effective financing solutions the upfront investments required for ZETs and infrastructure will remain cost-prohibitive and limit the transition. Since ZETs are reaching cost parity faster than previously predicted, an accelerated transition is not only important, but also within reach. The high-level inspirational panel will bring together ambitious leaders from the public and private sector side to discuss how transport and energy agencies can work together, share how they are overcoming financial challenges, and what opportunities they see to accelerate this process. The high-level inspirational panel will be followed by an 80-minute workshop to facilitate conversations among key stakeholders to explore pathways forward.


Time Activity
16:00 – 16:40

High-level Panel (16:00-16:40)

Opening speaker: Sonja Munnix, Coordinator International Sustainable Logistics, Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Moderator: Sofie Dufour, Clean Trucks Director, Transport & Environment

  • Juan Carlos Muñoz, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Chile
  • Marius Skuodis, Minister of Transport and Communications, Lithuania
  • Sofie Dufour, Clean Trucks Director, Transport & Environment
  • Matthew Jordan-Tank, Director Project Preparation & Policy, EBRD
  • Michael Berube, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation, Department of Energy, USA
16:40 – 18:00

Workshop (16:40-18:00)

Moderator: Sita Holtslag, Europe Director CALSTART/Drive to Zero

  • Erik Björke, Head of EV100+, Climate Group
  • Rik Arends, Director Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance, Smart Freight Centre
  • Sonja Munnix, International Coordinator Sustainable Logistics, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency
  • Rosemarie Cramer, Advisor International Sustainable Logistics at The Netherlands Enterprise Agency
  • Marie Rajon Bernard, Electric Vehicle Associate Researcher at the International Council on Clean Transportation
  • Verena Charlotte Ehrler, former chair of the CoI ze-Urban Freight TDA, IÉSEG School of Management
  • Stephanie Kodish, Global Director CALSTART/Drive to Zero
  • Ricardo García Coyne Program Manager, CALSTART/Drive to Zero
  • Tim Dallmann, Program Lead at The International Council on Clean Transportation
  • Urška Skrt, Mobility Manager at WBCSD – World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Jennifer Helfrich, Climate Research Fellow, UC Berkeley Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment
  • Gabriela Mora, Project Manager at Transport Decarbonisation Alliance