Renewable Mobility in Europe – Setting the Current Political Agenda

19 January 2018

On its first day, the 15th International Conference on Renewable Mobility will be opened by a discussion with Members of the European Parliament, as well as representatives from the European Commission and the German government, that will address setting the political agenda for renewable mobility in Europe. At the very heart of this topic is the recast of the Renewable Energies Directive (RED II) which is currently up for discussion at EU level. Responding to the publication of the Commission proposal in November 2016, in the second semester of 2017 the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), as well as the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) presented their positions on this proposed legislation. In December 2017 the EU Energy Council’s adopted a General Aproach. The European Parliament will address the topic in its plenary session, voting in plenary on 16th January 2018. This will pave the way for subsequent trilogue negotiations between the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the European Commission on the recast of the directive for the 2020 to 2030 period. A rational design of renewable mobility in Europe and the future of the biofuel sector depends on the outcome of these negotiations.

The conference offers a highly topical opportunity to engage in discussion with representatives from the world of politics and business, tackling issues such as options to configure renewable mobility in Germany and Europe and the courses of action that can be adopted at EU level.

The presentations in the plenary session on the first day of the conference address the following topics:

Artur Auernhammer, Member of the German Bundestag and Chairman of the Board of the German Bioenergy Association (BBE), describes climate protection impact of biofuels and their potential role in renewable mobility for the future.

Rainer Bomba, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), describes the role of biofuels in the German government’s Fuel and Mobility Strategy.

Bas Eickhout, Member of the European Parliament, explains the ENVI Committee report on the recast of the Renewable Energies Directive.

Kyriakos Maniatis, Primary Administrator, European Commission Directorate-General for Energy, considers proposals for renewable mobility.

Paul Greening, Emissions and Fuels Director, European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), addresses the future role of alternative power trains and biofuels as well as the associated requirements from the perspective of the automobile industry.

Tobias Kuhnimhof, Head of Department, German Aerospace Center (DLR), presents options for action to bring about an energy turn-around in the transport sector.

The panel discussion in the afternoon of the first conference day will look in greater detail at prospects for renewable mobility in the run-up to 2030. With moderation by Energy Post editor Sonja van Renssen, panel participants Rainer Bomba (BMVI), MEPs Bas Eickhout and Marijana Petir, Paul Greening (ACEA), Kyriakos Maniatis (European Commission) and Norbert Schindler (Chairman of the German Bioethanol Industry Association) will discuss the framework conditions for CO2-reduced fuels and alternative power trains to attain climate protections goals and issues related to effective design of RED II.

German Bioenergy Association
Markus Hartmann
Tel.: +49 (0)228/81002-22

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