20. maart 2019 - 12:00 tot 14:00
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Public launch of EASAC report on Decarbonisation of Transport | Palais des Academies | woensdag, 20. maart 2019

Decarbonisation of Transport: Options and Challenges
The EASAC report reviews options for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from European transport. Among twelve main areas of policy advice, the report argues for stronger policies on containing demand for motorised transport, phasing out fossil fuels, decreasing consumer demand for oversized vehicles, and investing in more low-carbon electricity generation. EASAC emphasises that much stronger policies are needed to bridge the huge gap between the GHG emissions that will be delivered by current policies and the levels needed to limit global warming to less than 2°C or even to 1.5°C (Paris Agreement). The report focuses on road transport because 53% of GHG emissions from transport come from passenger cars and light-duty vehicles, and 19% from heavy-duty vehicles. It recommends a combination of transition measures (over the next 10 – 15 years) and sustainable measures for the long term, split into three groups: avoid and contain passenger and freight transport demand; shift to transport modes with lower emissions (including trains, buses and ships); and improve performance through vehicle design, more efficient powertrains and sustainable energy carriers (including low-carbon electricity).
Draft Programme
[12:00 light lunch available]
12:30 – 12:40
The European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC): who we are and what we do
EASAC President Professor Thierry Courvoisier
12:40 – 13:00
Decarbonisation of Transport study: process and results
Project leader Professor Konstantinos Boulouchos, ETH-Zurich
13:00 – 13:10
Policy implications from EASAC’s perspective
Director of EASAC Energy Programme, Dr William Gillett
13:10 Panel responses from
Member of European Parliament – invited
Representative of European Commission DG CLIMA – participation confirmed
Representative of European Commission DG MOVE – invited
European Commission Joint Research Centre: Mr Alois Krasenbrink
European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA): Mr Petr Dolejsi
International Transport Forum ITF-OECD: Ms Elisabeth Windisch
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability: Mr Wolfgang Teubner
13:45 Open discussion with panel and audience
14:00 End of event [networking over coffee]