03 July 2017 - 09:30 - 12:00
Fatih Birol, John Cooper, Sophie Punte, Maroš Šefčovič

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

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High-Level Conference and Global Launch of the IEA Report on “The Future of Road Freight Transport


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Dharmendra Kanani
Director of Strategy
Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was Director of Policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England Director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Kanani has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sector and was advisor for numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.  
Fatih Birol
Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
Dr. Fatih Birol took office as Executive Director of the IEA in September 2015, twenty years after first joining the agency. He previously held the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, with responsibilities that included directing the flagship World Energy Outlook publication. Fatih has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene.
John Cooper
Director General at FuelsEurope
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.
Sophie Punte
Founder and Executive Director of the Smart Freight Center
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.
Maroš Šefčovič
European Commission Vice President for Energy Union
Maroš Šefčovič joined the European Commission in 2009 and is currently its Vice President responsible for coordinating the efforts to develop an EU-wide resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy. As a Slovak diplomat by profession, he served in Zimbabwe and Canada, was formerly Ambassador to Israel, Permanent Representative to the European Union and Director General in the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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