Berlin, 21.12.16

Parallel forum "Renewable mobility and reduction in emissions" on the second day of the Congress

At the 14th International Specialist Congress for renewable mobility “Fuels of the future 2017” a large number of parallel forums will deal with technical and economic subjects related to the mobility of tomorrow and the objectives of climate protection.

In the parallel forum on the topic of “Renewable mobility and reduction in emissions” on the second day of the Congress at 11.30 am five experts will be presenting their analyses of possible technical, regulatory or politico-economic solutions.

The discussion of the topic of emission trading in the transport sector was prompted by recent publications: scientists from various disciplines have analysed emission trading in the European context and in doing so represented a wide range of positions with regard to the involvement of the transport, heating and agricultural sectors. The positions range from an endorsement of the differentiated assessment of free or sector-specific emission trading up to unrestricted rejection. For example, the assumption will be represented that emission trading systems enabled the most favourable potential for reducing emissions to be identified and used. In the long term it should be exclusively the CO2 price, which makes clean, efficient technologies competitive. On the other hand, the rejecting assessment comes to the conclusion that in the transport sector the costs of avoidance are high and price elasticities are comparatively low. This would mean that even relatively high CO2 prices would lead to only minor reductions in emissions. The question of sharing the burden fairly between the sectors should also not be neglected; for the “traditional” emission trading sectors this would lead to higher certificate prices and correspondingly higher compulsion for reduction. The German emission trading office in the German Federal Environment Agency has so far come to the conclusion that the involvement of other sectors would be difficult to assess and not clearly positive from an economic perspective.

Before the discussion with the participants of the parallel forum, speakers from various disciplines will make brief presentations on the various options for lower traffic emissions:

  • Horst Fehrenbach, Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg GmbH
    THG Emission factors for renewable forms of energy in the transport sector and the latter's potential for reductions: biodiesel, bioethanol, bio methane, electro-mobility, Power-to-X

  • Dr. Theodor Goumas, exergia
    Options for the reduction in "Upstream emissions" in the petroleum industry – implementation, meaning and consequences for the biofuels industry

  • Peter Jürgens, REDcert GmbH
    Certification of “Co-refining” in the petroleum industry and Power-to-X

  • Dr. Thilo Schaefer, Cologne Institute for Economic Research
    Emission trading as an option for road traffic?

  • Prof. (apl) Dr. Uwe Lahl, Ministerial Director, Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure Baden-Württemberg
    Emission trading in the transport sector from the perspective of climate and energy policy

The organisers again expect more than 500 participants from automobile manufacturing, the petroleum industry, the chemical industry, biofuel production, science and research as well as from international organisations and Ministries to attend the event in the CityCube on the trade fair site Berlin on 23rd and 24th January 2017.

Take this opportunity to hear topical presentations, network with Congress participants and speakers from more than 30 countries and find out more in the central exhibition forum on the trade fair stands.

 The "Renewable mobility and reduction in emissions" forum will have simultaneous interpreting (German/English) as will the entire conference.


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