Workshop 3: Climate-Smart Roads and Railways

Workshop Series on Climate Smart Connectivity Infrastructure

The Road to Sharm El-Sheikh COP27

Workshop 3: Climate-Smart Roads and Railways

Part One: 19-20 September 2022; 18:00-20:30 Beijing time
Part Two: Closed session for project developers and financiers (to be confirmed)


The Egyptian Ministry of Finance, the Multilateral Cooperation Center for Development Finance (MCDF), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the World Bank, the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group, and the World Resources Institute are cohosting a Workshop Series on Climate Smart Connectivity Infrastructure – the Road to Sharm El-Sheikh to share practical lessons of global experience and policy options for climate-smart connectivity infrastructure projects. The workshop series is also designed to provide capacity building and support the development of a pipeline of climate-smart connectivity infrastructure projects.

The workshop series will conclude with an official event during the Finance Day of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) where a group of climate-smart connectivity infrastructure investment projects from developing countries will be showcased. In this event, key lessons learned, practical experiences and effective policies for the mobilization of finance to implement climate-smart connectivity infrastructure projects will also be presented.

The third workshop of the series will be on climate-smart roads and railways. This workshop is organized in two parts. The first part is scheduled on 19–20 September 2022, 18:00–20:30 pm Beijing time, which will focus on the best global experience, innovations, and standards on climate-smart road and railway infrastructure. The second part will be a closed session with a small group of project developers and possible financiers designed as an exchange platform with a panel of experts to serve as a deep-dive review of a selected set of projects.


The Workshop Series is targeted at professionals working on development finance, especially for infrastructure projects. Specifically, these include:

  • Developing country governments, with a particular focus on technical staff of transport agencies as well as ministries of finance and planning, climate change agencies and PPP units;
  • Emerging market financiers and other private sector actors; and
  • Project managers, clients, and partners of IFIs and bilateral agencies working in the connectivity infrastructure space and/or climate change.


If you would like to learn more about the workshop, please contact Jenny Lou Fernandez ([email protected])

Monday, 19 September (18:00 – 20:45 Beijing time)

18:00 – 18:10

Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Strahan Spencer, Head of the Platform Team, MCDF

18:10 – 18:20

Overview on Workshop 3: Climate-Smart Roads and Railways

  • Dr. Ede Ijjasz, Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, MCDF

18:20 – 18:50

Panel 1:


  • Topic: Economy Wide Analysis of Financial and Economic Costs and Benefits of E-Mobility Adoption

Speaker: Wenxin Qiao/Cecilia Briceno-Garmendia, World Bank (TBC)

  • Case Study: Collaborative Development Path of Road Traffic Digitization and Greening in China
    Speaker: Mr. Hou Dezao, Professor/Director of Intelligent Transportation Research Center, Research Institute of Highway, Ministry of Transport, China

18:50 – 19:00

Question and Answer Session

19:00 – 19:45

Panel 2:

  • Topic: From A Rocky Road to Smooth Sailing: Building Climate Resilience in the Roads Sector
    Speaker: Ms. Julie Rozemberg, World Bank
  • Case Study: Climate resilience in the Road Sector in Bangladesh, Title TBC
    Speaker: Bangladesh Local Government Engineering Department
  • Case Study: Climate Change Risk Analysis of Argentina’s Land Transport Network
    Speaker: Ms. Veronica Raffo, World Bank

19:45 – 19:55

Question and Answer Session

19:55 – 20:05


20:05 – 20:35

Panel 3:

  • Topic: AIIB’s Experience of Promoting Climate Resilience in the Roads Sector
    Speaker and title: TBC, AIIB
  • Case Study: Fiscal Implications of Climate Shocks to Barbados Transport Infrastructure
    Speaker: Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment of Barbados

20:35 – 20:45

Question and Answer Session

Tuesday, 20 September (18:00 – 20:30 Beijing time)

18:00 – 18:30

Technical Overview on Climate-Smart Roads and Railways

Dr. Ede Ijjasz, Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, MCDF

18:30 – 18:45

Question and Answer Session

18:45 – 19:15

Panel 1:

  • Topic: Enhancing NDCs through Climate Action in Transport
    Speaker: Ms. Taryn Fransen and Mr. Benjamin Welle, WRI
  • Case Study: Green Bond Project with Georgian Railways
    Speaker: Ms. Elena Gordeeva, EBRD

19:15 – 19:30

Question and Answer Session

19:30 – 19:45


20:15 – 20:30

Question and Answer Session

19:45 – 20:15

Panel 2:

  • Topic: Climate-smart Inland Waterways Strategy and Project
    Speaker: Mr. Shige Sakaki and Ms. Yin Yin Lam, World Bank
  • Case Study: Sao Paulo Regional Rail/Intercity Train Project
    Speaker: TBC, Global Infrastructure Facility
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