THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY

Hydrogen and Electric

27 March 2018 - 13:00 - 14:00
Jean-François Aguinaga , Greg Archer, Michèle Azalbert, Dharmendra Kanani
Introduction

Ahead of the release of the final part of the ‘Europe on the Move’ package focusing on the future of transportation and following meetings on the European Battery Alliance, mobility in Europe is on the edge of a critical transformation. This debate will explore the future of mobility, highlighting the evolving, prominent, conflictual but also complementary role electrification and hydrogen will play. 

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Programme
12.30 -13.00

Networking lunch & registration

13.00 -14.00

An increasing number of energy suppliers and car manufacturers are putting electrification at the core of their business, and the competition in energy storage is fierce. At the same time, research and innovation regarding hydrogen has never gained such momentum. Although the market for this type of energy source is still tiny, it is growing exponentially and represents a genuine future path for the energy and mobility transition. In addition to this, the list of countries planning to ban combustion engines is rapidly expanding, thus leaving room for the introduction of additional electrification and hydrogen mobility solutions. Anticipating the future of mobility includes thinking of mainstreaming these new solutions. Fast-paced consumer adoption may also bring new operational challenges, mainly related to infrastructure and storage. Further support to the development of electric and hydrogen vehicles together with the right policy schemes can ensure the momentum keeps going, fast-tracking the way to a low-carbon economy.   

  • Ahead of the release of the final part of the ‘Europe on the Move’ package and following meetings on the European Battery Alliance, can we say that Europe is on the edge of a critical transformation? 
  • How can we ensure that solutions such as hydrogen and electrification are mainstreamed and that they coincide with the EU’s objectives in terms of reducing mobility emissions? 
  • How can we ensure that the current infrastructure and storage issue does not hamper the uptake of clean mobility across Europe?
  • Can electric and hydrogen-based solutions complement each other to accelerate the transition to low-emission mobility?

Speakers include:
Jean-François Aguinaga, Head of Unit for Surface Transport at the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
Greg Archer, Director of Clean Vehicles & Energy – Transport and Environment (T&E)
Michèle Azalbert, CEO of ENGIE’s Business Unit dedicated to renewable hydrogen

Moderated by
Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe

14.00

End of debate

Speakers
Jean-François Aguinaga
Head of Unit for Surface Transport at the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
With more than 20 years of experience at the European Commission, Jean-François Aguinaga was appointed last year as head of unit for Surface Transport, where he mainly works on making transportation smarter, greener and more integrated. Prior to joining the Research and Innovation directorate, Aguinaga was considered as the ‘sherpa’ who drafted the present generation of financial instruments for Europe’s SMEs. He also contributed to the implementation of the Enterprise Europe Network, the biggest network of business and innovation services ever set-up with the support of the European Commission. 
Greg Archer
Director of Clean Vehicles & Energy – Transport and Environment (T&E)
As the Director of Clean Vehicles and Energy at the European Federation for Transport and Environment Greg Archer has a deep understanding and expertise on low carbon vehicles. Archer successfully defended targets for car CO2 regulations and established the Platform for Electromobility, which aims to develop solutions to electrify European transport. At Transport and Environment he managed to expose manipulation of car testing and secure ambitious new regulations and proposals for improving vehicle testing. 
Michèle Azalbert
CEO of ENGIE’s Business Unit dedicated to renewable hydrogen
As a CEO of ENGIE renewable hydrogen Business Unit, Michèle Azalbert is working towards clean, low-carbon economy, access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation. Her career in ENGIE spans more than 6 years, during which she has worked as the Executive Vice President of ENGIE Global Market and COO of ENGIES’s Global LNG Business Unit. Throughout her career Azalbert held various responsibilities in the treasury, financing and market risk management fields at Elf Aquitaine, Sanofi and Suez.
Dharmendra Kanani
Director of Strategy
Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was Director of Policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England Director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Kanani has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sector and was advisor for numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.  
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Tel.: +32 2 893 98 10
Email: raphael.danglade@friendsofeurope.org

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