EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. It is made up of a 3-day policy conference offering various networking opportunities, an EU Sustainable Energy Awards competition with a public vote for the citizens' award, and local events, the Energy Days, held across Europe throughout the months of May and June.
The 14th edition of EUSEW took place from 17 to 21 June 2019, with the policy conference running from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th June in Brussels.
e-MOTICON was invited to the session: “What will fuel tomorrow’s mobility?”
The session addresses the issue of e-mobility in Europe in two intertwined round tables, one dedicated to the wider European strategic context and another devoted to projects and initiatives factually implementing e-mobility solutions.
The Session was organized by Transport Malta, lead partner of PROMETEUS EU funded project, and moderated by Julia Poliscanova, Manager of Clean Vehicles & Emobility, T&E.
The session had the following two round tables:
1) Where do we want to go:
- Folker Franz, Head of Government Relations EU, ABB and Chairman of the Platform for Electro Mobility. He faced the question of which EU targets should be defined today in order to tackle the decarbonization of transport by 2050 and what the Platform stakeholders need in terms of EU policy/focus in order to deliver their electrification commitments by 2050;
- Federico D’Alberti, Head of European Regulation and Innovation, Enel and Member of the Platform for Electro Mobility. He talked about how the e-vehicles (EVs) can be better integrated in the system through efficient technologies such as smart charging and demand response, which are the advantages of these technologies both for the system and the consumer and what do we need from the regulation point of view in order to integrate these technologies;
- Pierpaolo Cazzola, Senior energy and transport analyst, International Energy Agency. From 1 June 2019 he is also Advisor on energy, technology and environmental sustainability, International Transport Forum (ITF), OECD. He shared IEA’s views on how to decarbonize OECD countries economy in the long run and focused in particular on the opportunities laying within the transport sector and what should be the policy decisions to be taken to enable the decarbonization of transport and synergies with increased use of renewables. He also gave hints on how to engage consumers and which are the specific challenges for fleets, bus/trucks, role of local authorities (cities, …);
- Edoardo Turano, deputy Head of Unit from the Directorate-General Climate Action. He discussed, after the finalization of the “Europe on the Move” package, where will the EC concentrate their efforts to ensure a transition to a zero emission transport sector, which are the different technologies available and which ones should be prioritized to achieve the goals on time.
2) How do we get there?
- Victor Battistino, Transport Malta, on behalf of Interreg Europe project Prometeus- Action Plans for electric mobility: he described the project vision and the project main objective, related to people involvement on e-mobility issues.
- Françoise Guaspare, Ile-de-France Region, on behalf of the S3 Safe and Sustainable Mobility Thematic Platform: she presented Thematic areas for investment projects in electric mobility.
- Cristina Cavicchioli, RSE, on behalf of Alpine Space project e-MOTICON: she presented the project vision and the project main objective, related to integrated planning for electric mobility in the Alpine Space.
- Alessandro Luè, Poliedra - Politecnico di Milano: he describes how regional and national policies can promote e-mobility.
A long discussion occurred during both sessions. The public proved to be very interested in e-MOTICON approach and many contacts were made.