Rio de Janeiro from Corcovado. Rio has 32,000 taxis, almost all CNG-powered. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Greening Taxis in Latin America

Sustainable Urban Transport: Policy Options for Modernizing and Greening Taxi Fleets in Latin American Cities

An Expert Group Meeting on the greening of taxi fleets in Latin America was held in Rio de Janeiro on May 18-19, 2011. The meeting was co-organized by the Transport Engineering Program of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

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See the summary document International Experiences Presented at the United Nations Expert Group Meeting (4.6mb PDF) or scroll down to browse the individual presentations.

Items on this page (and translations of all the presentations into English, Portuguese and Spanish) were originally on the Sustainable Development Transport Seminars page on the UN website. Unfortunately the URL for that page has stopped working as of December 2012.


Keynote Address

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Presentation: Perspectives for Enhancing Sustainable Transport: Modernizing and Greening Urban Taxi Fleets by Mr. Ralph Wahnschafft and Mr. Jose Monroy, Division For Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs


Opening Statements

Opening Statement by Professor Luiz Pinguelli Rosa, Director, COPPE, Federal University of Rio De Janeiro

Opening Statement by Ms. Kathleen Abdalla, Chief, Emerging Issues Branch, Division For Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs


Keynote Address

Keynote Speech by Mr. Sergio Besserman Viana, President, Rio De Janeiro Chamber For Sustainable Development and Senior Advisor on RIO+20, Office of The Mayor of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil


Welcoming Messages

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Welcoming Message by Mr. Lee Tae-Yong (presented by Mr. Seung Hyun Lee) President, Overseas Project Department, Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO), Seoul, Republic of Korea

Welcoming Message by Mr. Alexandre Sansao, Transport Secretary of Rio De Janeiro Municipality, Brazil


Session I - Introductory overviews: Policy options and best practices in regulating urban taxi systems

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Presentation: Global Taxi Schemes and Their Integration In Sustainable Urban Transport Systems by Mr. Ronaldo Balassiano, Professor, COPPE Transport Engineering Programme, University of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and by Mr. Antonio Nélson Rodrigues Da Silva, Professor, Department of Transport, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Paper submitted by the authors in association with their presentation: Global Taxi Schemes and Their Integration In Sustainable Urban Transport Systems by Mr. Ronaldo Balassiano, Professor, COPPE Transport Engineering Programme, University of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and by Mr. Antonio Nélson Rodrigues Da Silva, Professor, Department of Transport, University of São Paulo, Brazil. The paper is alternately available through this link to the UN website.



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Presentation: Serviço De Transporte De Táxis No Rio De Janeiro by Mr. Eduardo Frederico Cabral De Oliveira, Deputy Transport Secretary, Rio De Janeiro Municipality, Brazil



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Presentation: Private Sector Initiatives On Greening Taxi Services In California by Mr. Charles Rathbone, Assistant Manager, Luxor Cab Company, San Francisco, California, USA and Host of Taxi-Library.org

See a selection of links and references related to the presentation of Charles Rathbone. See also the Power Point version of the presentation including the speaker's notes.



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Presentation: Enhancing Sustainability of Taxi Services: Policies, Initiatives and Trends In Republic of Korea by Mr. Sangjin Han, Director Center For Transport and Climate Change, The Korea Transport Institute, Seoul, Republic of Korea



Session II - Urban transport systems and the role of taxis

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Presentation: Taxis y servicios de transporte alternativo en países en desarrollo: Movilidad Urbana Sostenible? by Mr. Frederic Saliez, Representative, United Nations Human Settlement Programme (HABITAT), Regional Office For Latin America and The Caribbean, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil



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Presentation: Transporte Urbano Sostenible: Taxis by Mr. Rodolfo Llanos Pereira, Executive Director, Authority of Fiscal and Social Control and Transport Services, Bolivia



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Presentation: Empirical Studies on Sustainability in Taxi Operations: The case Bogotá by Álvaro Rodríguez-Valencia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá - Colombia



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Presentation: Taxicab Service in Cuba: A Civil Society Approach by Ms. Liliana Nuñes-Veliz, President of Foundation Nature and Man, Havana, Cuba



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Presentation: Transporte Urbano Alternativo Experiencias En Cuba by Msc. Marilyn Fernández Pérez



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Presentation: Perspectives for improving taxi services: Empirical Case Study of Cordoba - Argentina by Jorge J. Galarraga, Professor, National University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina



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Presentation: Motorcycle Taxi Service: civil responsabilities in the case of traffic accidents by Mr. João Alencar Oliveira Júnior, Transport Engineering and Infrastructure Analyst, Brasilia, Brazil



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Presentation: Beneficios de Los Servicios de Transporte de Taxis Compartidos by Mr. Julio Villalobos Transport Consultant, Santiago, Chile



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Presentation: Sistema de Transporte Público por Táxi do Município de Belo by Ms. Jussara Bellavinha, Director, Transport and Transit Public Company, BHTRANS, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil


Session III: Vehicle technologies and fuel choices for mitigating urban air pollution and GHG emissions from taxis

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Presentation: GNC - Combustible de bajo impacto medioambiental para flotas de Taxis by Mr. Martin E. Glüecksmann, President, Camara Del Radio Taxi De Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina



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Presentation: Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles as a Way to Maximize the Integration of Variable Renewable Energy in Power Systems: The Case of Wind Generation in Northestearn Brazil by Alexandre Szklo, Professor and Head of Department, Energy Planning Programme, COPPE/UFRJ, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and by Roberto Schaeffer, Professor, Energy Planning Programme, COPPE/UFRJ, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil



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Presentation: Electric Vehicle Delivery Plan for Seoul by Mr. Sangjin Han (on behalf of Seoul Metropolitan Government), Director Center For Transport and Climate Change, The Korea Transport Institute, Seoul, Republic of Korea



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Presentation: Pengcheng - The World First Electric Taxi Fleet by Mr. Michael Kwei, Shenzhen Bus Group, Shenzhen City, China



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Presentation: Solução Verde: para o trasporte da cidade de São Paulo by Mr. Stanley Tang, BYD Auto Group (Latin America Division), Shenzhen, China



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Presentation: Introducing Bicycle Taxi Services in European Cities: Opportunities, Innovations, Challenges and Constraints by Mr. Michael Vogtmann, Nanaging Director, SolarInitiative, Nuernberg, Germany


Session IV - Taxi of tomorrow: Developments, innovations and trends

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Presentation: Planificatión y Movilidad Transporte Comercial Por Taxi Technologías y Aplicaciones by Mr. Rodrigo Torres Bustillos, Transport Consultant and Former Director General of Transport and Mobilty of Quito Municipality, Ecuador



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Presentation: Experiencia Urbana En El Distrito Metropolitano De Quito by Mr. Roberto Noboa, Director of Public Transport, Quito City, Ecuador



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Presentation: Three Wheels United - Bangalore, India by Mr. Ramesh Prabhu, Chief Executive Officer, Three Wheels United India Services Private Limited, Bangalore, India



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Presentation: MX-libris Taxi for Mexico City by Mr. Alberto Villarreal, Designer and Creative Director, Mexico City, Mexico



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Presentation: Transport Energy Efficiency Policy In Republic of Korea by Seung Hyun Lee, Overseas Project Department, Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO), Seoul, Republic of Korea


Session V - Roundtable discussion on conclusions and recommendations of the expert group meeting - Closing Session

Closing Remarks by Ms. Suzana Kahn Ribero, Professor, Transport Engineering Programme, COPPE UFRJ, University of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Closing Remarks by Ms. Kathleen Abdalla, Chief, Emerging Issues Branch, Division For Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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