The future of road freight transport

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Road freight vehicles – light trucks, lorries, vans and long-haul trucks – are at the heart of European and global economic activity, but also of energy demand and CO2 emissions. They account for around one-sixth of global oil demand and are responsible for 7% of global energy-related CO2 emissions. Despite some improvements in truck fuel efficiency in recent years, oil demand and emissions are still rising, mainly due to increasing road freight traffic. Reducing future oil demand and emissions growth to a level compatible with the climate goals of the COP21 Paris Agreement will require greatly improving the efficiency of road freight vehicles and, more broadly, of the freight operations and logistics themselves, on both a European and international level. However, to date, policies to reduce oil demand from road freight and curb associated CO2 emissions are limited.

  • What are the key road freight markets and how do they contribute to future energy demand and emissions?
  • How can heavy-duty freight vehicles meet energy and environmental policy objectives whilst fuelling economic growth?
  • How can road freight transport be modernized in a cost effective manner?
  • What are the roles of energy efficiency, logistics and alternative fuels?

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Welcome coffee and registration of participants
High-Level Conference and Global Launch of the IEA Report on “The Future of Road Freight Transport”
Expand High-Level Conference and Global Launch of the IEA Report on “The Future of Road Freight Transport”

Speakers

Fatih Birol

Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

John Cooper

Executive Director of FuelsEurope

Sophie Punte

Founder and Executive Director of the Smart Freight Center

Maroš Šefčovič

European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight

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Dharmendra Kanani

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe

Speakers

Speakers

Fatih Birol
Fatih Birol

Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

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Under Fatih Birol’s leadership, the IEA has moved to the forefront of global efforts to reach international climate goals while ensuring that the social and economic impacts of clean energy transitions are at the heart of policymaking and energy security is safeguarded. Birol led the IEA in its first comprehensive modernisation programme since its creation. These efforts focused on opening the doors to major emerging economies, making the IEA the global hub for clean energy transitions and broadening its energy security mandate beyond oil to also cover electricity, natural gas, renewables and the critical minerals needed in many of today’s clean energy technologies. Most recently, he was named among the 100 most influential people of 2021 by Time Magazine.

John Cooper
John Cooper

Executive Director of FuelsEurope

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John Cooper has extensive experience of the private energy sector. He worked for 27 years at BP, where he held several commercial, technical and policy leadership roles, most recently leading BP’s strategy for compliance with renewables and GHG regulation in European transport fuels. In April 2015, he was appointed Director General of FuelsEurope and Concawe, representing the interest of 40 companies operating refineries in the EU.

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Sophie Punte

Founder and Executive Director of the Smart Freight Center

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Sophie Punte founded the Smart Freight Center in 2013 as a mission driven organization to catalyze more efficient and environmentally sustainable freight at a global scale. Previously, as Executive Director of Clean Air Asia, Punte played a lead role in bringing green freight on the agenda of Asian governments and establishing the China Green Freight Initiative and Green Freight Asia. She also worked at the United Nations, KPMG and an engineering firm on environmental management and corporate sustainability.

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Maroš Šefčovič

European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight

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Maroš Šefčovič is a Slovak diplomat and politician, currently serving as a Vice-President in the von der Leyen Commission. He also coordinates the EU Battery Alliance, a cooperative platform seeking to drive the clean energy transition, and was the Vice-President for Energy Union until 2019. Prior to that, he was Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. Before joining the European Commission, Šefčovič served as Slovakia’s Permanent Representative to the EU, Director General in the European Affairs Department of Slovakia’s Foreign Ministry and as Slovakia’s Ambassador to Israel.

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