Panel 6. Energy-efficient and low-carbon mobility for all

This panel is dedicated to the creation of sustainable and equitable passenger mobility systems and efficient freight transportation. The panel welcomes contributions on topics such as: 

How can we best take advantage of the efficiency and emissions reduction potential that transportation can offer to meet ambitious climate and greenhouse gas targets? How can ‘smart’ technologies and emerging-technology-enabled passenger and freight mobility options contribute to the transformation of transportation systems and lead to reductions in energy consumption? How can we integrate land use, energy and transportation planning to ensure sustainable urban development and energy-efficient city transportation networks? How can we ensure that existing and emerging mobility options, such as shared mobility options, autonomous and electric vehicles, are accessible to all and will contribute to environmental goals and overall energy efficiency? How can cross-sectoral collaboration between the energy and transportation sector contribute towards an energy efficient and carbon neutral future, as well as ensure better electrical grid balancing and innovative energy services? How can we behaviour changes towards more sustainable mobility in reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic?   

Passenger Mobility Options 

The passenger mobility landscape is changing rapidly and dramatically with emerging technology-based options providing alternatives to vehicle ownership, as well as due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. How do we ensure that we continue to create sustainable transportation systems and efficient urban landscapes given the unknown energy and environmental impacts of options like car-sharing and ride-sharing?  

Papers might address: 

  • Understanding the interrelationship between mobility and land use and other urban and energy planning policies to encourage the creation of sustainable transportation systems.
  • The role of new and emerging mobility options – best practices and learning opportunities. 
  • Addressing the role of technology in creating efficient mobility systems and the subsequent energy impacts. 
  • Behavioural aspects of travellers and firms, mobility cultures and the connection with energy use and greenhouse gas reduction. 
  • The role of transportation data and its accessibility for evidence-based decision making and planning, traffic management and travel choice purposes. 
  • Effective policies for energy efficient mobility and urban planning related to mobility needs and sustainable transport.  
  • Actual and future impact on the demand for passenger mobility services caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and associated changes of behaviour. 

Clean and Efficient Freight and Service Traffic 

Commercial traffic already contributes to significant climate impacts, with its share rising in many countries. Growing long distance freight transportation volumes neutralize efficiency gains in other areas. Cities are challenged by growing service and delivery traffic. However, new technological options for intermodal transport and emission free vehicles, but also the digitalisation of logistics offer new options for efficient freight transportation. How can we reduce the climate impact and energy consumption of freight traffic despite transportation volume growth? Which technological options will enable sustainable commercial traffic? 

Papers might address: 

  • Impacts of recent trends in the service economy on freight logistics (e.g. eCommerce, city logistics, evolvement of supply chains).
  • Smart or green freight programs.
  • Cutting edge technologies and alternative fuels in commercial transportation (e.g. platooning/automated/autonomous freight, electric vehicles, eHighway) and their impact on energy efficiency and GHG emissions. 
  • Intermodal freight.
  • Cargo-oriented development and the role of logistics in urban and regional planning. 

Advanced and Automated Vehicle Technologies 

A comprehensive approach to addressing transportation energy use and greenhouse gas emissions will require addressing both vehicle technologies as well as the efficiency of the greater transportation system. As electric and autonomous vehicles enter the transportation landscape, we will need to better understand their potential energy and GHG impacts, as well as how to ensure their integration and synergies with the electrical grid 

Papers might address:  

  • Energy efficient vehicle technologies and driving behaviour.
  • Role of electrification in addressing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. 
  • Incorporating vehicle automation technologies and autonomous vehicles into transportation systems – best practices to ensure a net positive energy outcome. 
  • Integration of electric vehicles and their charging infrastructure in buildings and communities.  
  • Smart and bidirectional charging of electric vehicles to ensure better electrical grid balancing, contributing to the integration of renewable generation and to the development of innovative energy services. 
  • Future transport infrastructure needs and limitations and the effect it will have on the success of technology options. 

Cross-cutting aspects 

Understanding the cross-cutting opportunities to address transportation energy use will be necessary if we are to fully tap into the embedded efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction potential in this sector.  

Papers might address:  

  • Policies and programs that help to create equitable access to mobility options and efficient technologies. 
  • Cross-sectoral collaboration and stakeholder involvement.
  • The role of different jurisdictional levels (local/national/Europe/international level). 
  • Effectiveness of incentives and market mechanisms and the need for regulations. 
  • Public awareness of the issues and educations programs regarding energy efficient transport.
  • Non-energy benefits of smart and sustainable transport solutions.  

Panel leaders

Pedro Moura

Pedro Moura, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Pedro Moura is an Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra, a researcher at the Institute of Systems and Robotics and a faculty member of the Energy for Sustainability Initiative. He was a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, Comillas Pontifical University and Technical University of Madrid. He has a background in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a PhD in Energy Systems from the University of Coimbra. His research activities are focused on smart grids and energy planning, with research work on topics such as grid integration of renewable energy generation, demand response, energy storage and electric vehicles. His more recent research works have been focused on the integration of electric vehicles in buildings and communities and their use as an energy flexibility resource. He has been involved in more than 40 national and European projects related to energy efficiency, electric vehicles and smart grids. He has authored more than 100 papers published in top-tier journals, conferences and books, and has an h-index in Scopus of 18.

Axel Wolferman

Axel Wolfermann, Hochschule Darmstadt (hda), Germany

Dr. Axel Wolfermann is a trained civil engineer with a transport planning and traffic engineering background. After six years researching and teaching on transport planning and traffic management at Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany), he worked at the University of Tokyo and Nagoya University (Japan) during 2010 and 2011. How to make traffic more efficient by different policies and measures including smart planning, pricing and the deployment of intelligent transport systems (ITS) was one of the guiding questions in his work. Urban planning from a Chinese perspective enriched Axel’s experience. In the aspiration to better understand mobility from the viewpoint of the relevant actors, be it travellers or firms, he moved to the German Aerospace Center (DLR), where he lead the team on commercial transport modelling at the Institute of Transport Research. The evaluation of climate impacts of traffic and transport was the main focus of his work. Since 2017 he is professor for transport planning and traffic engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt. In teaching and research he works on the promotion of sustainable mobility and sustainable transport. Axel is member of different working groups of the German Road and Transportation Research Association (FGSV) and active with the Scientist for Future.

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