Belgium, (Brussels morning) The largest European research and technology conference on transport and mobility – TRA, the Transport Research Arena – was announced yesterday during a press conference at Press Club Brussels. This year, the flagship event will take place in Lisbon from 14-17 November, bringing together EU leaders and industry to discuss how to “rethink mobility around the world”.
At this year’s edition, the high-level event will cover multiple themes in line with the European Green Deal and Fit for 55. These themes include smart solutions and society, green mobility and decarbonisation, innovative infrastructure for Europe 2030 and strategies for a competitive Europe.
The TRA is the leading European transport event covering all modes of transport and aspects of mobility. It has been organized every two years since 2006, with the exception of the 2020 Helsinki edition, which was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Co-organized in collaboration with the European Commission, the Portuguese National Innovation Agency (ANI) and others, TRA2022 offers policymakers and industry representatives the opportunity to come together and contribute to discussions on how research and innovation will transform the transport and mobility system. This year there will be a demonstration area for innovators to showcase their inventions and new technologies in real time.
“The idea is to bring all these people together and create synergies between different transport sectors, combine different knowledge, discuss this together and then make some recommendations. So for us this is more than a conference,” said Patrick Mercier-Handyside from the European Commission’s Research DG during the press conference.
Mercier said the main goal of TRA 2022 is to discuss low-carbon fuels, sustainable energy and decarbonization. He also hopes to get practical solutions to the Commission’s initiative to create 100 zero-carbon cities by 2030 from the four-day event.
Public Private Partnership
In fact, long-haul electric truck manufacturing is still in its infancy, but commercialization of battery electric vehicles is picking up this year and hydrogen is coming in the second half of this decade.
Public and private partnerships are expected to radically speed up the power grid and build electric charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure along transport corridors.
However, only the Council and Parliament have the power to create the necessary framework to make this a reality. Last year, the European Parliament discussed with Transport Commissioner Adian Valean the transition to greener transport networks – underpinned by the EU mobility strategy, which was designed to deliver on the ambitions of the European Green Deal.
To meet environmental targets, the EU aims to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. According to the EU Environment Agency, existing policy measures are expected to reduce transport emissions by just 22% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. This is a long way from the 90% reduction in traffic by 2050 targeted by the Green Deal.
Spurred on by Europe’s energy crisis, on 14 September MEPs voted to increase the EU’s transport emissions reduction target from 13% to 16% by 2030 by increasing the use of advanced biofuels and hydrogen-derived e-fuels.