Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector calls for a wide variety of measures. Representatives from the worlds of politics, business and science will discuss the broad spectrum of possible steps towards defossilisation at the 17th "Fuels of the Future" International Conference, which will be held in Berlin from 20th to 21st January 2020. As well as electromobility, promising climate protection measures involve all renewable liquid and gaseous energy sources: fuels from electricity, certified sustainable biofuels and other innovations. Alternative fuels are indispensable to achieve Germany's climate targets, as the combustion engine will continue to play an important role in coming years.
At the start of the two-day conference, lectures will shed light on the political, legal and technical parameters shaping the future of the transport sector: Arthur Auernhammer (MP), President of the German Bioenergy Association (BBE), will take stock of the role played by biofuels in reducing greenhouse gases in the transport sector.
The "Future of Mobility National Platform", convened by the Federal Ministry of Transport in 2019, involves relevant stakeholders, technical expertise and politicians in the debate on tomorrow's mobility. Based on the results of deliberations in this expert commission, recommendations for action will be made to policymakers. The chairman, Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, will present the results to date from the expert commission. State Secretary Dr. Tamara Zieschang from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) will speak on the topic "Climate protection targets in transport - how to achieve and take everyone with you".
Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) will discuss the most recent developments in climate legislation. She considers which measures can be implemented in the short term in the transport sector to improve climate protection and how financial risks for the federal budget can be reduced. That is because Germany faces the threat of fines under the European Effort Sharing Regulation if it fails to meet European climate protection targets. DIW Berlin has conducted a study examining in particular the contribution that biofuels can make in this context.
Dr. Jörg Adolf, Stakeholder Relations Manager at Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH, explains the importance Shell attaches to alternative fuels. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Krahl, President of the Technical University Ostwestfalen-Lippe, will conclude the first thematic panel by addressing prospects for the combustion engine and alternative fuels within the framework of international climate protection concepts.
The thematic panel "Climate protection through sustainable renewable mobility" offers participants an overview of the current political discussion combined with a consideration of practical issues. The opening session of the conference will be presented by Stephan Arens, Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP).
Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, is the official conference patron.