Alex Veitch, UIC Senior Advisor Sustainable Development, accompanied by colleagues from Network Rail (UK) and IZT Consulting met with officials from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at their headquarters in Bonn, to discuss the outputs from the UIC project Adapting Rail to the Impacts of Climate Change (ARISCC). The meeting confirmed the UNFCCC interest in our project, which is one of the few climate change adaptation projects being proactively led by an industry sector rather than a government or multinational body. We were given important insights into the UNFCCC procedures, in particular how to use UNFCCC networks to find project partners and apply for funding.
Following the meeting, Alex Veitch was one of three invited panelists presenting to UNFCCC staff at a “Brown Bag Lunch” – an informal staff briefing. The event was hosted by Mr Richard Kinely, Deputy Executive Secretary of UNFCCC. There were around 50 UNFCCC staff in the audience. The UIC presentation was an overview of our organisation and the rail sector, plus our activities to reduce our sector’s CO2 footprint, and our adaptation work as well. One of the other presenters was Mr Diaz-Bone who highlighted the joint work and cooperation with UIC, and quoted UIC statistics on the external costs of different transport modes.