GREAT and HyER seminar, Brussels

Decarbonising heavy-duty road transport

Time: 31 January 2018, 10:00-16:00
Location: Norway House, Rue Archimède 17, 1000 – Brussels


GREAT and HyER have the pleasure of inviting you to a day of discussions on how we can work together to speed up the shift to alternative fuels in heavy duty road transport.

The long-haul road transport sector causes around 25% of emissions from transport in Europe. It is essential to find ways to decarbonise the heavy duty freight sector and therefore to support the uptake of alternatives to fossil fuels, along with modal shift solutions.

This seminar will gather EU, industry and regional stakeholders for a debate on how to increase the amount of LNG/LBG, Hydrogen and Battery Electric heavy duty lorries on European roads. We will also discuss how the EU can maintain technical leadership in this sector, especially in light of the recent Tesla and Nikola announcements for instance.


10:00 Opening speeches

  • Gesine Meißner, Member of the European Parliament
  • Barney Crockett, Lord Provost of Aberdeen and HyER President
  • Britt Karlsson-Green, Project Manager, GREAT

10:30 Technology
OEMs and charging/filling infrastructure operators on which technology is suitable for which needs. What are the possibilities and limitations?

  • Tomas Thuresson, Global Key Account Manager, Volvo Trucks
  • Luc Vandewalle, Clean Mobility Director, Air Liquide
  • Björn Fredriksson Möller, Business Development Analyst, E.ON
  • Patrik Åkerman, Business Developer eHighway, Siemens
  • Wouter Van Der Laak, Project Manager, WaterstofNet

11:30 Users
Transport buyer and lorry driver attitudes need to change. How does does the shift to low emission vehicles work in practice?

  • Acacia Smith, Policy Officer – Goods Transport and Environmental Affairs Officer, International Road Transport Union
  • Ulf Jarnefjord, Initiator of the Swedish Transport Workers’ Association’s climate project
  • Luc Vandewalle, Clean Mobility Director, Air Liquide

12:15 Networking Lunch

13:00 Policy
A discussion between EU Commission representatives and NGOs starting from new econometric modelling on alternative fuels.

  • Ann-Charlotte Mellquist, Researcher – Circular Economy, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)
  • Carlos Calvo Ambel, Manager for Analysis and Climate, Transport & Environment
  • Axel Volkery, Clean Transport Policy Coordinator, DG MOVE
  • Maurizio Maggiore, Policy Officer – Transport unit, DG RTD
  • Andreas Gumbert, Policy Officer – Road Transport unit, DG CLIMA

14:00 Finance
How can the EU become the global forerunner in alternative fuels for heavy duty freight vehicles? CEF and Horizon 2020 funding.

  • Carlos Navas, Project Manager, Fuel cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
  • Maurizio Maggiore, Policy Officer – Transport unit, DG RTD
  • Ana Rios Olmedo, Policy Officer, DG MOVE

14:45 Wrap up

15:00 Networking possibilities and coffee


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