The Emobility Works project, in which HyER is a dissemination partner, hold its Final Conference in Brussels on the 14th of June 2016. The event was an Energy Day in the EU Sustainable Energy Week.
The Emobility Works project aimed at fully developing e-mobility potentials in European municipalities and businesses. The main activity in the project comprised the set-up of so-called “e-mobility action plans”, in which (based on a status quo analyses and along a participation process), individual measures for the enforcement of e-mobility in the respective municipality are defined.
The Final Conference highlighted the outcomes of the project and discussed the future of electro-mobility in the European Union and in European cities in the future. The project coordinator, Eva Stadtschreiber (Grazer Energie Agentur), explained that the Emobility Works project developed e-mobility action plans for municipalities and consulted local businesses regarding the integration of e-mobility in their corporate strategies. The action plans included a close cooperation between the municipality, businesses and stakeholders and interest groups in their delivery and construction.
Jose Fernandez Garcia (DG MOVE) stressed the urgency to speed up the electrification of transport and underlined the key role of local authorities in that process. He also described electro-mobility as an opportunity not only for emission reductions, but also for growth as there is a business case for a low carbon economy. As a sound regulatory framework has been put in place, private funding now needs to be unlocked to trigger more investments. The importance of local authorities in the deployment of electric vehicles was again stressed by Olav Luyckx (EASME) and by Walter Mauritsch (INEA). Increased user acceptance and respective awareness raising were also mentioned as being key to the development of electro-mobility.
The legacy of the Emobility Works project was presented by Thekla Heinel (B.&S.U.): 118 charging stations as well as 398 e-vehicles have been acquired in the course of the project. Hundreds of stakeholders have been consulted and involved and as a result, clear political support has been gained. Tailor made action plans have been developed for 29 municipalities. More than 50% of the planned actions have already been implemented and the action plans will be controlled, updated and followed up after the end of the project.
Ermo Konston from Elektritakso, an Estonian taxi company owning a fleet of 50 electric vehicles, presented the positive business case for electric taxis. He underlined the technological developments in the battery electric vehicles sector which will make the business case even stronger in the next few months and years. Lukas Seyfried (Schladming 2030 GmbH) presented a concrete set of actions municipalities can take to develop electro-mobility through the example of the region of Schladming in Austria. Focus here were the opportunities for e-mobility that exist in the tourism sector.
A final round table discussed the future policy development in the EU in the field of electro-mobility. The fact that a long term strategy is needed to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles in Europe was underlined. The speakers and participants al so agreed that the involvement of small and medium-sized cities was vital for the deployment of electric vehicles and that further efforts had to be done by all actors involved for the COP 21 targets to be reached.
Eva Stadtschreiber, the coordinator of the project, said: ‘The project consortium can now happily say that project goals have been reached. The Final Conference was a great opportunity to exchange on the results of the project and to share views with the participants on how to build on project results in the future. Great enthusiasm has been noted from the participants and I am optimistic that we will see more and more interest from the public as well as the private sector for electro-mobility in the future, also due to the work carried out within the EMOBILITY WORKS project’. The Emobility Works project until the end of August 2016.
On the occasion of the Final Conference, the project partners have also released a video produced by the project which is providing a few examples of what can be done to develop e-mobility in municipalities. Watch the video here.