10/15/2013

Decarbonizing Transport : "We have to work together to be successful"



by Volvo Group Representation EU

On 15 October, Olof Persson, President and CEO of the Volvo Group defended the Volvo Group’s positions on alternative fuels and urban mobility during the European Transport Forum 2013

This year, the European Transport forum addressed a timely  question which was debated in two panels: “Is Clean Power for Transport the solution for decarbonizing the EU”?

On the eve of a new Urban Mobility package to be issued by the European Commission and in the context of the new EU strategy on alternative fuels, the Volvo Group messages were welcomed by a large number of attendees coming from the EU institutions, industry and NGOs. The presence of two EU Commissioners underlined even further the importance of the topic discussed, key for the future development of transport: both the EU Commissioner for Transport (Siim Kallas) and the EU Commissioner for Climate Action (Connie Hedegaard) delivered a keynote speech on the occasion.
President and CEO Olof Persson recommended all transport related stakeholders to be engaged in the societal challenge towards emissions reduction and transport decarbonization. Commenting on Volvo Group’s products, Olof Persson said:
For heavy vehicles we believe that different forms of electrification will start in buses, and mainly in city buses. Economic profitability coupled with the advantages of lower noise levels and no local emissions will propel this alternative forwards.”
“With time it is plausible that hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fully electric options will succeed in other heavy segments including trucks. The full electrification of heavy long-haul commercial vehicles requires a dynamic connection to the electrical grid though suitable ERS systems (Electric Road System)” Olof Persson added.

The “Clean Power for Transport” Package
The European Commission unveiled in January 2013 a package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. The Commission also proposed binding targets to Member States for a minimum level of infrastructure for clean fuels such as electricity, hydrogen and natural gas, as well as common EU wide standards for equipment needed.
Read More: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-24_en.htm
Held on an annual basis in Brussels, the European Transport Forum  has become, over the years,  the EU’s central debating platform on Transport issues. The European Transport Forum is hosted by the Volvo Group

Sonia Toro
Manager EU Communication & CSR
+32 2 4825872
e-mail: sonia.toro@volvo.com

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