Roundtable: Clean Transport in Europe
23 May 2018
Transport is at the heart of the European project and the backbone of the European economy. Citizens, industries and businesses expect a cost-effective transport system, which allows them to move both within and out side of the EU, thus creating wealth, growth and sustaining the competitiveness of the EU. Whilst the Transport sector plays its role in the EU economy, short, medium and long-term challenges have occurred and will have to be addressed: The urban air quality challenge, the 2050 EU climate targets, the technological challenges faced by various transport sectors to develop alternative energy options and finally the import dependency for raw materials.The costs of making a mistake are large:
- Can technology solve the urban air quality challenge? Is it exclusively related to transport?
- What could be the shortterm measures that could address the issue? Is a fundamental technological shift the only solution?
- What are the low-carbon energy options for transport? Is there one technology to fit all transport modes? Can all sectors access low-carbon energy? What is the cost of the deployment of infrastructure for alternative options? Is there an industrial opportunity for the EU or could this become an industrial headache?
- From crude to lithium, cadmium or cobalt dependency?