“A NEW DESIGN FOR A FUTURE-PROOF MOBILITY. The way to a greener and smarter Europe”. This is the title of the VideoTalk held on March 3 by the Institute for Competitiveness, with guest speaker Henrik Hololei, Director General, DG MOVE, European Commission.
The VideoTalk was opened with a speech by I-Com President Stefano da Empoli. The main speaker, Henri Hololei, then took the floor and delivered his keynote speech. An open debate followed.
Bringing together EU and national institution representatives, companies, research and business organisations, trade and consumer associations and other relevant stakeholders, the event offered a forum to take stock of the new sustainable and smart mobility strategy, published in December by the Commission as a key component of the European Green Deal, with the aim to lay the foundation for how the EU transport system can achieve its green and digital transformation and become more resilient to future crises. The event focused on the overall rationale of the strategy, as well as on the related legislative initiatives that will guide the Commission’s work for the next four years.
How realistic are the ambitious European targets of reducing emissions by 2030 and zero emissions by 2050? Are the objectives of the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy adequate to drive the decarbonisation of the transport and mobility system? What other initiatives can be launched to encourage the digitisation and sustainability of passenger and freight flows? What are the main economic and regulatory challenges to overcome to fully exploit the digital potential in the mobility sector? In what direction should we move to strengthen European strategic autonomy and build an integrated supply chain that makes the automotive industry greener and smarter? These and other questions emerged from the discussion.