Clean transport – URGENT ACTION!

Decorative image Clean transport

Time: 13.30–14.45

Citizens want action on climate change. We do not talk about climate change in the future tense any longer. Urgent actions are needed in the transport sector, not only to mitigate but to adapt to the challenges that we are facing already today. Do we need to reduce mobility as we know it now? How can we find ways to respond to the challenges?

Mitigating climate change is a responsibility of all of us, starting with individual behavior and ending with corporate strategies and public policies. Forward-looking climate change policy and moving from discourse to action requires the right tools for systems of systems.

Research and innovation are vital for finding the ways that underpin the future developments. Moreover, research in all fields needs to be connected to the solutions that we are looking for in our daily lives. The end game stays the same, be it citizens, politicians or companies.

We need to act urgently to define the viable means that we can swiftly deploy to help us in combating climate change. The actions we can take in the short and medium term need to be accelerated. The new kid on the block, cities, need to be empowered to find the right mix of tools for reducing environmental impacts of transport.

Actions taken to mitigate climate change also open new opportunities for business and societies, and we need to utilise those opportunities. Furthermore, focus on optimising land use and mobility demand will play a crucial role.

Climate change is also bringing forth conditions that we need to be ready to face. Resilience of the transport system must be achieved, with conventional or alternative solutions. We are not there yet, but what kind of guiding principles, incentives and policy measures do we need to take and execute to improve resilience?

Forward-looking climate change policy requires ways to increase the use of alternative power sources in different transport modes. Energy-efficient vehicles and vessels as well as active modes of transport play a key role especially in the first/last mile solutions. These need to be seen as part of the travel chain. Guiding principles, incentives and policy measures, such as taxation, are factors that enable new energy solutions to bloom. How can the research community guide us to achieve full-scale deployment of digitalised mobility solutions for cleaner and sustainable environment?

Many factors are pressuring us to deliver. However, the questions remain: How can transport research contribute to forward-looking climate policy in the transport sector? How can we commit ourselves to accelerating the transition needed? What do we expect research and innovation to bring to the table and when?

Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of Helsinki, City of Helsinki View bio
Kim Young Tae, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum, OECD View bio
Grazia Vittadini, CTO, Airbus View bio
Carla Gohin, Senior Vice President PSA, Research&Innovation View bio


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