This was a week of international conferences and gatherings in Brussels to discuss key policy priorities in transport, energy and development.
AVERE was present at the hearth of the debates to put forward the perspective that electromobility, zero-emission technologies and renewable energies are indispensable elements for a future that tackles climate change.
The main event was the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2019: an annual international gathering of all actors in Europe interested in promoting sustainable energy in every sector. The forum, lasting from the 17th to the 21st of June, covered many topics including, of course, the future of transports and the need move to a zero emissions model.
AVERE Secretary general Philippe Vangeel set the stage by showing the great progress that electromobility has made and continues to make: “We need to get to zero emissions. The barriers to electromobility have gone down. Technology is progressing and charging is faster and easily available. The combination of all these factors can guarantee the future of our children“.
His intervention was followed by Julia Poliscanova of Transport&Environment, who presented their research that indeed showed that battery electric vehicles are the most efficient zero emission vehicles.
The topic of Vehicle-to-Grid integration was also widely covered by Julia Hildermeier of the Regulatory Assistance Project, who offered insight on the positive impact of electric vehicles on energy grids, making them cheaper and easier to manage, and by Cristina Corchero of IREC, who explored the technical requirements for this symbiotic relationship to flourish.
The last panelist was Gil Lladó of AMB Mobilitat, the public company in charge of public transports in Barcelona which has integrated its electric fleet with renewable energy sources through a properly designed urban planning.
The panel concluded with a Q&A session that shed further lights on the benefits of electromobility and on why it is the necessary direction that the transport sector must undertake.
Moreover, the importance of electric mobility had already been discussed in another panel conference during EUSEW – “What will fuel tomorrow’s mobility?” on the 19th of June.
This event, organized by the Platform for Electromobility, provided a mix of policy insights on the topic of the future of transports, specifically on electromobility, and presented successful projects that helped a broader use of EVs in some European regions.
This was supported by experts and European Commission representative who underlined that a system of incentives must be set in place and that renewable energy and transports must work together .
The second part of the event was dedicated to projects that succeeded in helping local communities uptake and use EV.
The panel concluded with an emphasised that, while great successes are being achieved, we must communicate more about the benefits of EVs and their connection with renewable energy.
This was a very exciting week as electromobility was at the centre of debates on the future of transports and energy in Europe and in the world. We are enthusiastic about moving forward on this path to support the coming mass uptake of EVs in Europe, a necessary step to ensure zero emission transport.