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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- Presentation on the future of trucks by Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
- The Executive Summary of the IEA report on the Future of Trucks
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After 20 years of negotiations, 195 countries signed the Paris agreement to limit global warming. The focus now moves to implementation, and success will depend on the support and contribution of all – including industry, citizens, regions and cities.
We look at the role of regulation, competition, innovation, and the impact of consumption and production in sectors such as agriculture and transport (especially aviation and maritime transport). We debate the merits of different low-carbon economic models (including beyond growth and the circular economy).
09.30 – 10.00
Welcome coffee and registration of participants
10.00 – 12.00
High-Level Conference and Global Launch of the IEA Report on “The Future of Road Freight Transport”
End of conference
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