Now in its fifth year, Forum Europe’s 2020 Future of Transport Conference in Brussels will gather key stakeholders from across Europe to debate the critical pillars of EU transport policy and to discuss what we can expect from the next five years of EU policymaking at the outset of the new Commission.
We are pleased to welcome back Henrik Hololei, Director-General of DG MOVE in the European Commission, as a keynote speaker for the 2020 Future of Transport Conference.
Full speaker biographies for this year’s conference will appear here shortly, please check back regularly for updates.
MEP, Chair of Transport and Tourism Committee, European Parliament
Head of Unit for Road Transport, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Head of Unit for Intelligent Transport System, DG MOVE, European Commission
Connected and automated mobility (CAM) is becoming a reality around the globe. This market is expected to allow for safer, more efficient transportation and to generate billions of euros in revenues for vehicle manufacturers, telecoms operators and equipment makers in Europe. Realistically, however, the true potential of connected vehicles won’t be fully realised until there is robust, reliable and ubiquitous high-bandwidth connectivity to ensure ‘always-on’ critical services. Initial proposals from the European Commission that favoured a Wi-Fi-based standard to deliver this over the cellular-based V2X technology split the auto and tech industries and was ultimately rejected by member states in July, forcing a rethink in both the Commission and Parliament on the best way forward. This session will evaluate the different options put forward, and the potential that each solution offers for delivering the required connectivity in both the short and the long term. It will look at progress towards providing connectivity along pan-European 5G corridors on major trunk roads and motorways, and at the next steps to look more broadly at tackling connectivity ‘not-spots’ and at moving towards the delivery of ubiquitous coverage for CAM across Europe. Crucially it will discuss the best way forward to ensure Europe is not left lagging behind global competitors like China and the USA when it comes to the future of CAM.
With 25,000 people losing their lives every year due to road incidents in Europe, the European Commission has implemented ‘Vision Zero’ to reduce road deaths on European roads to almost zero by 2050. A recent working document titled Next steps towards “Vision Zero” states that “the premise that no loss of life is acceptable needs to inform all decision making on road safety”. In this context, our panel will explore the initiatives and new technologies created to reduce road accidents and the broader impact this will have on the transport system. It will discuss how all public and private stakeholders involved can work together to develop a framework for road safety that draws on best practices, will debate how new types of risks that Autonomous Vehicles and other intelligent technologies create can be best addressed and will examine the safety opportunities these innovations can bring in helping to reduce accidents.
The transport sector is the fastest growing contributor to climate emissions, representing a quarter of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions. To meet the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Europe is looking to revolutionise its transport system to make it more efficient. To achieve this vision, a robust and sustainable infrastructure is required to support the use of renewable energy sources to power future vehicles, including electric cars. With the outgoing European Commission proposing to spend 70% of the transport budget of the next Multiannual Financial Framework on climate-friendly objectives, this session will explore the most efficient mobility solutions that could reduce our carbon footprint.
Registration for this event is complimentary for all participants. Please note that spaces are limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
The 5th Annual Future of Transport Conference will take place in Brussels, venue to be announced shortly!
For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Geraldine Chan-Evans using any of the details below.
Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 070