Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, December 1, 2019


Jean Su, Center for Biological Diversity, +1 (415) 770-3187,

UN Climate Summit Panel to Focus on Importance of Phasing Out Oil, Electrifying Transportation

MADRID, Spain— Environmental groups and academics will host a panel on phasing out oil production and electrifying transportation with clean and renewable energy at the United Nations climate conference in Madrid on Monday, Dec. 2.

Transportation accounted for nearly one-quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions in 2016 and is the fastest growing source of climate pollution. As countries ramp up the ambition of their mitigation targets as part of the Paris Agreement this year and next, advocates are calling on nations to set firm targets for electrifying their transportation fleets.

“Beating the climate crisis means both keeping oil in the ground and weening ourselves off the dirty petrol fueling cars, buses, trucks, airplanes and ships,” said Jean Su, energy director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The world’s addiction to oil must stop, and the first step is giving the public transportation that’s oil-free.”

“We are encouraged that cities in Latin America are committing to transition to electric mobility, starting with public transportation, buses, and taxis,” said Margarita Parra, international program director at Clean Energy Works. “But we must be doing more in terms of innovative finance and working with new allies like utilities to accelerate the transition.”

What: Panel discussion titled “Transportation & Oil: Phasing Out Diesel Engines and the Fuel They Use to Meet the Paris Agreement.”

When: Monday, Dec. 2, 3-4:30 pm GMT +1.

Where: Room 1 at the United Nations climate conference in Madrid, Spain.

Who: Speakers will include Jean Su and John Fleming of the Center for Biological Diversity, Margarita Parra of Clean Energy Works, Simon Engelke of Cambridge University and Sena Alouka of JVE International. The cosponsors of this side event are the Center, the Institute for Policy Studies, and the European Federation for Transport and the Environment.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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