Date and venue: December 8th, 13:30 – 15:00, Netherlands Pavilion (Capacity: 70)

Content leaders: Mark Wenzel (California/ZEV Alliance), Pierpaolo Cazzola (IEA/EVI); Andre Dzikus, Debashish Bhattacharjee (UN-Habitat/UEMI) Logistics leaders: Peter Wilbers (Netherlands); Cornie Huizenga (PPMC)

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Draft Agenda (90 minutes)

7 minutes: Welcome and introduction

  • French Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal (TBC)

25 minutes: Panel 1 (Vehicles and Technology): Auto manufacturers and consumer-facing businesses discuss markets, technology status, and vision; role of policy; announce or reinforce commitments


  • IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol (Confirmed)
  • Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn (TBC)
  • BYD Senior Vice President Stella Li (TBC)
  • BMW Vice President Governmental and External Affairs and Sustainability, Dr. Thomas Becker

25 minutes: Panel 2 (Cities and Infrastructure): Mayors discuss ZEV vision and announce or reinforce commitments. Utilities and others talk about role of infrastructure. All discuss interaction of various levels of government and public/private sectors.


  • Québec Premier Philippe Couillard (TBC)
  • Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (TBC)
  • Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro (TBC)
  • ESB CEO Pat O’Doherty (TBC)
  • ChargePoint CEO Pat Romano (Confirmed)

26 minutes: Policy Statements Government principals and leaders of international organizations (sequential statements) discuss vision, their commitments and efforts; Promote coordination among the initiatives, next steps


  • UN Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos
  • US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (Confirmed)
  • California Governor Jerry Brown (TBC)
  • Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft (TBC)

7 minutes: Concluding remarks

  • Dutch representative (TBC)


  • To maximize the impact of ZEV efforts in promoting a successful outcome at the UNFCCC negotiations by highlighting the readiness of electric-drive vehicles, in concert with clean energy deployment, to contribute to greenhouse gas reductions;
  • To showcase the commitments of leading national and subnational governments and businesses;
  • To call on countries, sub-nationals, companies, in particular EV industry, to take new ambitious actions and commitments through and beyond 2020 in the context of the Lima Paris Action Agenda; and
  • To promote the multiple benefits of electric-drive vehicles using COP 21 as a platform.

High-level event messages

  • The readiness of Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEVs, including electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and fuel-cell vehicles) to reduce emissions now and in the future, as part of strategies in transport and clean energy
  • The commitment of governments and the private sector to deploy ZEVs, including the roles of local, regional, and national governments, and the importance of coordination among all actors
  • The intention to achieve such coordination together through and among EVI, IEA, ZEV Alliance, C40, and the UN Habitat’s Urban Electric Mobility Vehicles Initiative; and to use these platforms to share best practice national and subnational strategies 

Key audiences

The event is targeted to climate change and ZEV decision-makers in the public and private sectors, demonstrating momentum and commitment on ZEVs. It is also intended to share these messages with the general public, so press coverage is an important goal.