Tuesday 3 December, 2013


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Coffee and Delegate Registration

09:00 – 10:40

Session 1: Keynote Presentations

Moderator: Christian Egenhofer , Senior Fellow, Head of the Energy and Climate programme, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Matthias Ruete , Director General for Mobility and Transport , European Commission
Karl Falkenberg , Director General for Environment, European Commission
Arijandas Šliupas , Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications, Republic of Lithuania
Hans Bruyninckx , Executive Director, European Environment Agency
Baudouin Kelecom , Fuels Executive, Refining and Supply Planning , ExxonMobil

10:40 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Session 2 : Examining the potential for development of alternative fuels and whether they can to reduce CO2 emissions cost effectively and boost the competitiveness of European industry

The Alternative Fuels Strategy for the long-term substitution of oil through diversification of energy sources for transport recently released by the European Commission aims at establishing a long-term policy framework to guide technological development and investments in the development of these fuels. This session will examine the extent to which the proposed measures support the development of a competitive market for clean fuels and e-vehicles and discuss whether further action is required.

Are the regulatory policies outlined best tailored to the needs of all modes? When limited alternative fuel options are possible for certain modes of transport (i.e. advanced biofuels for aviation) what is being proposed to respond to the needs of these modes and encourage further efforts, research and investment? What will be done at an EU level for the development of other Alternative Fuels that are not included in the strategy? Are emissions targets even beyond the 2020-2025 period necessary to provide the vehicle and vessels industry with greater investment security? How can these emission targets be met while supporting the growth of the transport sector and sustainable mobility and how will it be ensured that the technology neutrality principle is respected to give new technologies the opportunity to develop in the future?

Moderator: Christian Egenhofer , Senior Fellow, Head of the Energy and Climate programme, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Andreas Pilzecker , Policy Officer, Renewables, DG Energy, European Commission
Chris Malins , Fuels Program Lead, The International Council on Clean Transportation
Bettina Kampman , Manager Energy, CE Delft
Alfredo Sánchez Vicente , Project Manager for Transport, European Environment Agency
Baudouin Kelecom , Fuels Executive, Refining and Supply Planning , ExxonMobil


12:30 – 13:30

Networking buffet lunch

13:30 – 15:00

Session 3 : The feasibility of a pan European alternative fuels infrastructure and the importance of standards for alternative fuels and e-vehicles

The proposal for a Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure aims to encourage the market penetration of alternative fuels and e-vehicles, which is currently hampered by the lack of infrastructure and harmonised standards.

Do the proposed measures go far enough to concretely support the development of a harmonised and coordinated refuelling and recharging infrastructure throughout the Member States? What will be the main barriers related to the implementation of these targets? With different transport modes and vehicle classes requiring different energy carriers, how will this be reflected on the build-up of the infrastructure for all modes? How has the proposal for this directive been received by Member States and stakeholders? Are mandatory binding targets for the build-up of alternative fuel and e-vehicles infrastructure the only way to give the market certainty and is 2020 an appropriate time frame for this policy initiative? How can full integration and interoperability of all type of fuels as well as interconnection between different modal networks all over Europe be concretely ensured? The Communication claims that direct public funding for infrastructure build-up will be not needed. How can this be guaranteed and what financial tools are available to Member States to mobilise private investment cost-efficiently to fund the development of infrastructure?

Moderator: David Bonilla , Senior Research Fellow, Transport Studies Unit, School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford

Hughes van Honacker , Team Leader, Clean Transport and Sustainable Urban Mobility, European Commission
Samuel Maubanc , General Manager, AEGPL
Arturo Pérez de Lucia , General Manager, AEDIVE
Brigide Kisters , Transport Attaché, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the EU
Gautier Chatelus , Chief Investment Officer, CDC Infra-Management

15:00 – 15:20

Coffee Break

15:20 – 16:50

Session 4: Assessing and tracking customer uptake and the future shape of Europe’s mobility

At the heart of the debate around transport fuels and fuel efficiency lies the issue of the market. To a large extent, the purchasing decisions of consumers will drive the direction of alternative fuels in Europe. What lessons can be learnt from the recent closure of some electric vehicle battery companies? Should technology neutrality from governments win out or do the arguments in favour of subsidises in some cases still hold water? What innovations are being seen on the ground in the area of roll-out and promotion of alternative fuel and electric vehicles? How is the local interacting with the regional and national in terms of governance, innovation, consumer information, incentives and infrastructure? Fundamentally, what will drive uptake of more fuel efficient and e-vehicles, both in the short and medium term?

Moderator: Emily Waterfield , Chief Correspondent, Energy, MLex

Matthew Pencharz , Senior Advisor - Environment and Energy to the Mayor of London, Greater London Authority
Maciej Szymanski , Policy Officer, Sustainable Mobility and Automotive Industry, DG ENTR, European Commission
Greg Archer , Programme Manager - Clean Vehicles, Transport & Environment
Marilena di Stasi , Policy Analyst, DG SANCO, European Commission
Pierre-Etienne Franc , Advanced Business and Technologies Vice President, Air Liquide and Chair of Governing Board of, The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking