BELGIUM: Commissioner calls for more cross-sector cooperation
“One thing innovative technologies and solutions have in common is [no] one can develop them alone" European Climate Commissioner Arias Cañete
European Commissioner, Arias Cañete is calling for reinforced cooperation across sectors, Member States and policy areas in a bid to drive sustainable mobility.
"The future of [the] transport sector is full of exciting possibilities: new high-tech materials; connected cars getting smarter and smarter and one day autonomous, seamlessly functioning, intelligent transport systems," he said at this week's CLEPA Annual Reception in Brussels.
"One thing innovative technologies and solutions have in common is [no] one can develop them alone."
For his part CLEPA president, Arnaud de David-Beauregard highlighted the strong links and interdependencies between transport, energy and climate, particularly as urbanisation accelerates worldwide.
"In mobility, just like in the energy sector, technologies are largely available," he said. "The need of their uptake depends on consumer preferences, energy prices, the market and the national and international regulatory framework."
The CLEPA president listed several CLEPA priorities: the reduction of CO2 emissions post 2020, clean air, connectivity and automated driving.
"We see additional potential via both increased efficiency of the internal combustion engine and increasing market shares of alternative powertrain vehicles," added David-Beauregard.
"CLEPA members are committed to remaining leaders in CO2 reduction. For the time after 2020 there are, however, reasons to believe a linear continuation of currently demanded reductions will not be possible.
"This is among other things linked to the costs and market penetration of alternative technologies and the fact the physical potential of efficiency gains is asymptotic."