e-MOTICON at USEW 2019 17th - 21st June 2019
EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. It is made up of a 3-day policy conference offering various networking opportunities, an EU Sustainable Energy Awards competition with a public vote for the citizens' award, and local events, the Energy Days, held across Europe throughout the months of May and June.
The 14th edition of EUSEW took place from 17 to 21 June 2019, with the policy conference running from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th June in Brussels.
e-MOTICON was invited to the session: “What will fuel tomorrow’s mobility?”
The session addresses the issue of e-mobility in Europe in two intertwined round tables, one dedicated to the wider European strategic context and another devoted to projects and initiatives factually implementing e-mobility solutions.
The Session was organized by Transport Malta, lead partner of PROMETEUS EU funded project, and moderated by Julia Poliscanova, Manager of Clean Vehicles & Emobility, T&E.
The session had the following two round tables:
1) Where do we want to go:
- Folker Franz, Head of Government Relations EU, ABB and Chairman of the Platform for Electro Mobility. He faced the question of which EU targets should be defined today in order to tackle the decarbonization of transport by 2050 and what the Platform stakeholders need in terms of EU policy/focus in order to deliver their electrification commitments by 2050;
- Federico D’Alberti, Head of European Regulation and Innovation, Enel and Member of the Platform for Electro Mobility. He talked about how the e-vehicles (EVs) can be better integrated in the system through efficient technologies such as smart charging and demand response, which are the advantages of these technologies both for the system and the consumer and what do we need from the regulation point of view in order to integrate these technologies;
- Pierpaolo Cazzola, Senior energy and transport analyst, International Energy Agency. From 1 June 2019 he is also Advisor on energy, technology and environmental sustainability, International Transport Forum (ITF), OECD. He shared IEA’s views on how to decarbonize OECD countries economy in the long run and focused in particular on the opportunities laying within the transport sector and what should be the policy decisions to be taken to enable the decarbonization of transport and synergies with increased use of renewables. He also gave hints on how to engage consumers and which are the specific challenges for fleets, bus/trucks, role of local authorities (cities, …);
- Edoardo Turano, deputy Head of Unit from the Directorate-General Climate Action. He discussed, after the finalization of the “Europe on the Move” package, where will the EC concentrate their efforts to ensure a transition to a zero emission transport sector, which are the different technologies available and which ones should be prioritized to achieve the goals on time.
2) How do we get there?
- Victor Battistino, Transport Malta, on behalf of Interreg Europe project Prometeus- Action Plans for electric mobility: he described the project vision and the project main objective, related to people involvement on e-mobility issues.
- Françoise Guaspare, Ile-de-France Region, on behalf of the S3 Safe and Sustainable Mobility Thematic Platform: she presented Thematic areas for investment projects in electric mobility.
- Cristina Cavicchioli, RSE, on behalf of Alpine Space project e-MOTICON: she presented the project vision and the project main objective, related to integrated planning for electric mobility in the Alpine Space.
- Alessandro Luè, Poliedra - Politecnico di Milano: he describes how regional and national policies can promote e-mobility.
A long discussion occurred during both sessions. The public proved to be very interested in e-MOTICON approach and many contacts were made.
e-MOTICON at the Smart Villages conference 23rd - 24th May 2019
On Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May 2019, Courmayeur was the venue for a two-day conference on Smart Villages, one of the events organized under the 2019 Italian Presidency of the European Strategy for the Alpine Regional (EUSALP). During the meeting, Valle d'Aosta became the centre of Europe, bringing together technical and political representatives who, in the future years, will be implementing smart solutions to make villages intelligent. The announcement was made by the Presidency of the Region and the Regional Ministry of European Affairs, Labour Policies, Social Inclusion and Transport. Mountain and rural villages must become increasingly smart, i.e. intelligent, so that people who live in the Alps can remain within their territory, enjoying the same opportunities as people who live in cities, through the implementation of smart solutions that can ensure the provision of basic services and sustainable economic development, even in seemingly disadvantaged areas. In the opinion of political authorities and technical experts who spoke at the conference, the Alps are no longer a periphery, but Europe's new centre and driving force. The Alps were once seen as a border area between different territories, but today, thanks to intelligent villages, they are again an attractive area. They are no longer disadvantaged compared to metropolitan areas, but instead, they are even more attractive because of a better quality of life.
Several initiatives in line with the smart villages approach, launched by the European Commission in 2017, were presented during the event. They are examples of tailor-made solutions created directly by local communities.
Hence, not a single model, but a flexible approach towards implementing local development while at the same time following common guidelines: first and foremost, citizen participation and engagement of political representatives. This is seen as a critical element for the development of a joint vision in facing issues of common interest throughout the alpine region. What emerged, unequivocally, was the central role of smart villages in the development strategy of the Alpine area and the importance of introducing, through EUSALP, flexible regulations that can be used to implement specific smart village initiatives in different countries, despite the existence of different regulatory frameworks. The event was organised by the Autonomous Region of Valle d'Aosta and Action Group 5 (connectivity and accessibility to services of general interest), in collaboration with Action Groups 3 (training), 4 (mobility) and 9 (energy), within the framework of the Italian Presidency of the European Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP), a strategy launched by the 22 regions and 26 cantons of the 7 countries that have an Alpine presence.
Smart villages are a bottom up idea. As stated by Raffaele Cattaneo, Councilor for Environment and Climate of the Lombardy Region and coordinator of EUSALP in the year of the Italian Presidency, the Alpine Region "is opening up to a new centrality, which needs to make use of tools and services which the large cities already have and this is possible thanks to Smart Villages. An idea coming out from the bottom up, with a subsidiary perspective, which does involve not only the institutions, but the social involvement and proactivity, for a new way of thinking about the territory and providing new opportunities for growth and development”.
Despite being a vibrant and attractive territory in terms of tourism, nature and history, unfortunately, mountain areas also face several challenges, including the depopulation of small mountain villages – as Antonio Fosson, the President of the Autonomous Region of Aosta Valley, stated during the opening session of the event. To counter this trend, Smart Villages, a new concept for rural villages, is essential and features, among other possible solutions, the use of innovative technologies in small towns and rural areas to secure the provision of basic services and sustainable economic development.
Smart villages is a call to responsibility, almost a revolution in which environmental issues are no longer seen as constraints but as the key to future development," stated Luigi Bertschy, Regional Minister for European Affairs, Labour Policies and Social Inclusion of the Aosta Valley. Through this approach, Alpine villages become innovation hubs for a new development of the Alps. Today, thanks to local and global technology, innovation and tradition are not mutually exclusive, rather they become complementary terms that create opportunities that respond both to territorial and to people's needs. Indeed, technology empowers us so that we can create new professional skills as well as new opportunities, including employment opportunities based on digital experiences.
e-MOTICON guest at the international expert workshop at the E-Mobility-Day in Lower Austria, Melk 25th May 2019
Information, fun and testing e-mobility in Austria
The event location „Wachauring Melk“ was the hotspot of e-mobility on Saturday 25.5.2019. Visitors could test free of cost more than 50 e-cars, several e-moter-bikes, e-bikes and much more. More than 3.500 km were driven by the newest E-cars.
E-Charging stations, photovoltaik pannels etc. were displayed by 85 exhibitors and encompassing information given. The event hosted more than 8.000 visitors.
At the side-event „Presentations“ Alpine Pearls had the possibility to present the network Alpine Pearls, the e-mobility hotspot Werfenweng, as well as the EU-Project E-moticon.
e-MOTICON at the EVS32 in Lyon 21st May 2019
On May 21st, 2019 we had the opportunity to present the outputs of the e-MOTICON project at the EVS32 in Lyon. The EVS (Electric Vehicles Symposium) is the leading international event to address all issues related to electric and sustainable mobility, from markets to vehicle battery technology; from motorcycles to trucks, and from charging facilities to related services and public policy. In its 32th edition, the trade fair and symposium attracted 7.400 visitors, including industrial players and public authorities, 300 exhibitors, as well as 360 speakers, presenting the latest technologies and developments in the e-mobility market. E-MOTICON was invited to share the learnings of the project with other national, regional and European public decision-makers, as an inspiration for public policy tools for the improvement and further deployment of a sound EU-wide public charging infrastructure.
TEN-T DAYS 2018: e-MOTICON “special guest” in Alpine Space 25th - 27th April 2018
e-MOTICON Project was presented on the occasion of the 9th edition of the TEN-T Days, where it was discussed how to contribute to smart, sustainable and safe Mobility, relying on the trans-European transport network and investments in transport connectivity.