At its 9th meeting of the UIC Sustainable Mobility Expert Network which took place at the UIC HQ on the 20th of October, the members discussed the UIC Declaration and Reporting Indicators Guideline Sustainable Mobility & Transport, its next steps and further process, including how to proceed with the development of the UIC Sustainability Strategy.
While the Declaration is now ready for the signatures, the Reporting Indicators Guideline is about to be finalised. The next step for the Guideline, after the 1st External Stakeholder workshop in Potsdam in October, is to continue the dialogue with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in order to explore how the UIC Reporting Indicators Guideline Sustainable Mobility & Transport can become an official GRI document. A web site for the public access to the Declaration and the Guideline is under construction and a support team for the follow-up of the members’ use will be established.
The sustainable mobility workshop for the 11th UIC Sustainability Conference in Madrid and the 1st External Stakeholder workshop in Potsdam provided essential input for the further steps of the development of the UIC Sustainability Strategy. While the workshop in Madrid explored the expectations from UIC members, the workshop in Potsdam gave an insight to the expectations from key external stakeholders such as different organisations of the United Nations, the GRI, and leading experts on transport and sustainable development from other international organizations, research institutes and universities. A series of workshop will be organised to follow-up on the Declaration, Guideline and the Strategy.
The 9th meeting of UIC Sustainable Mobility Expert Network also shared information about the latest updates of the further activities of its work programme, including the UIC-project Adapting Rail InfraStructure to Climate Changes (ARISCC), the next steps for EcoTransIT (www.ecotransit.org) after the launch of the global version in May this year, EcoPassenger (www.ecopassemger.org), as well as UIC participation at COP 16. Please see separate articles on the latest updates of ARISCC and UIC’s contribution to COP 16 in this edition of UIC eNews.