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Wednesday 6 December, 2017


08:30 – 09:10


09:10 – 09:15


09:15 – 10:00

Keynote Speech

Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Transport and Mobility, DG MOVE, European Commission
Karima Delli, MEP, Chair of Transport and Tourism Committee, European Parliament

09:30 – 10:00


Greg Archer, Director, Clean Vehicles, Transport and Environment
Thomas Becker, VP Governmental and External Affairs, BMW Group
Industry Representative, tbc

10:00 – 11:15

Session I. The Future for Alternative Transport Fuels in Europe

While electrification of the transport sector has been gaining all of the recent headlines, there remains a substantial constituency of alternative transport fuel sources that seek to make a potentially significant contribution to the driving out of carbon from the transport sector and broader economy. This session will analyse the latest prospects for these various alternative fuel types and look at how both international, EU and national level policies are determining their future. Are the EU and international limits and incentives regarding CO2 reductions fit for purpose? What will the impact of the fluctuating approaches to global climate change policy mean for markets for fuels? What do we expect the optimal alternative fuel combinations to be? What does the medium and longer-term future look like for petrol and diesel? Can the alternative fuels market offer a viable and competitive choice for consumers?

Moderator: Christian Egenhofer, Senior Research Fellow & Director, CEPS

Stefaan Vergote, Advisor, Climate Strategy Directorate, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Nicolas Erb, EU Affairs Director, ALSTOM
Petr Dolejsi, Director Mobility & Sustainable Transport , European Automobile Manufacturers' Association
Brian Moran, Vice President, Boeing Europe Government Affairs, Boeing

11:15 – 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:00

Session II. Delivering a backbone vehicle infrastructure for Europe

Despite the many associated technical, business and political challenges, electrification is now seen as the principle mechanism by which decarbonisation of the transport sector in Europe can be achieved. This has been given additional impetus in recent months with both France and the UK committing to the phasing out of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, while Norway has committed to an earlier date of 2025. In addition, many major vehicle manufacturers are moving towards the production of hybrid and electric only vehicles. These steps, in theory, should be transformational. But what are the challenges facing governments, industry and society to ensure this transition becomes a reality? Where is Europe when it comes to common standards and interoperability for the broad spectrum of electrification technologies that make up the necessary infrastructure? Can we expect the required energy from renewable sources in time to meet the expected demand? What role will energy storage play and what innovations are we seeing here? How can technology support intelligent energy management in this context to give support to greater efficiency in energy use?

Moderator: Jesse Scott, Policy Analyst, International Energy Agency

Claire Depré, Head of Unit for Sustainable & Intelligent Transport, DG MOVE, European Commission
Frank Breust, Director Government and External Affairs, BMW Group
Patrick Gagnol, Head of Project, Local Energy Systems Division , EDF
Industry Representative, tbc


13:00 – 14:15

Lunch break

14:15 – 15:15

Session III: Transport Tech Talks

In this session, we challenge speakers, whether from the business or policy worlds, to provide perspectives that will animate the discussions with examples of concrete solutions and innovations in the move towards the decarbonisation of the transport sector. Each tech talk lasts 10 minutes, and following the final talk, there will be a Q&A to wrap up the session.

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Founder and Editor, E!Sharp, Chairman, Forum Europe

Juliette Antoine-Simon, Managing Director, SODETREL
Hinde Boulbayem, Mobility Manager, SUMY - Sustainable Urban Logistics & Mobility
Bernd Kammholz, Automotive Chief Technologist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Yoram Berholtz, Business Development Director , Argus Cyber Security
Alan James, Vice President Worldwide Business Development , Hyperloop One

15:15 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:45

Session IV. Data, Technology and Transport

Technology and data promise much in the drive towards an intelligent transport infrastructure, which alongside providing an improved in-vehicle experience, has the potential to deliver greater energy efficiency, reduce road congestion, improve road safety and lower carbon emissions. How will technology interact with the electrification and alternative fuel agendas? What will the commercial scale emergence of innovations such as AI and machine learning, mean to the development of new solutions? How will both freight and passenger transport evolve? With increasing urbanisation, is there the possibility that the rural dimension will be left behind? What are the current bottlenecks to the coherent deployment of intelligent transport systems in Europe? Are current and proposed policy initiatives relating to digital and mobility fit-for-purpose, for instance around data ownership? This session will work to deliver a clearer picture of the next steps required to deliver the data infrastructure to support the intelligent transport systems of the future.

Moderator: Charlene Rohr, Senior Research Leader, RAND Europe

Eddy Hartog, Head of Unit for Smart Mobility and Living, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Simon Warburton, Transport Strategy Director, Transport for Greater Manchester
Maciej Surowiec, EU Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft
Industry Representative, Renault-Nissan (tbc)

16:45 – 18:00

Conference close and Cocktail Reception



Wednesday 6 December, 2017
08.30 to 18.00




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