23 May 2018

It all starts with you

Scandria®2Act Clean Fuel Roadshow event during Nordic Clean Energy Week arena “Green Mobility”

In May 2018, Denmark and Sweden co-hosted the 9th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the 3rd Mission Innovation (MI). These events bring together energy ministers from major economies across the globe. As a part of the week, the Öresund region hosted “Nordic Clean Energy Week”, a week for politicians, civil servants, researchers and business representatives to come together and discuss future energy solutions.

Green Mobility was one of the official themes during Nordic Clean Energy Week. The arena was based upon the awareness that the transition of the transport sector in the European Union is not fast enough to reach the climate goals*. 94% of the transports in the European Union depends on oil for its energy need. The arena, which was arranged by Skåne Association of Local Authorities and Region Skåne, through the EU-projects Scandria®2Act and GREAT, concluded that we need tougher, harmonized regulations and incentives from the EU, because, as Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO at the German Energy Agency said: “Technology is moving faster than political decisions”.

Several of the experts and decision makers at the arena agreed that we cannot choose only one fuel, we need to continue working with different solutions and top down regulations are as important as a bottom-up drive: People must realize their power to change companies’ ways of working, Angela Hultberg, Sustainability Manager, Service Business, IKEA Group said. A key in the transition is making it easier for consumers to understand which environmental effects their purchases will result in. This is how we can create a demand for green solutions.

The moral high ground is starting to be taken by both regions and private companies, saying “we want to go in that direction”. This is a very good opportunity for change. Private and public sector must sit down, cooperate and have the courage to deal with the many challenges of the transition of the transport sector. Clean fuel infrastructure, market demand and heavy-duty transports are three very important challenges.

While discussions took place indoors, the public could travel with the electric mobility shuttle service or visit the clean fuel vehicle exhibition outdoors. One of the exhibitors was Volvo who displayed their new Volvo FM LNG, a gas-powered truck for heavy regional and long-haul operations. With 20% lower CO2 emissions it runs with the same performance as a truck in their “flat medium” segment. “The society demands cleaner alternative fuels”, Tomas Thuresson from Volvo said, and stated that the product is here and ready to use, but the infrastructure must follow the same pace. “We are cooperating with gas suppliers, but we need to know that there is a market for us.”

Andrea Schön, Senior Manager Carbon Controlling and Consulting at DB Schenker said, “We cannot point in the other direction any longer, it all starts with you,” – which summarized many of the day’s discussions. We are all heading towards the same target, but we must make clear that everyone has an important role in the transition and must contribute through collaboration and partnerships. The transition starts with every single one of us.

 

Further information:

Interviews from Arena Green Mobility, event ”Accelerating the deployment of clean fuels”

Presentations & Mentimeter:

*The Directive on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure [DAFI] establishes a common framework of measures for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure in the European Union to minimize dependence on oil and environmental impact of transport and each Member State shall adopt a national policy framework based on this. However, In November 2017, the European Commission concluded that the level of ambition differs significantly between countries and is not sufficient.

 

 

 

 

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