Decarbonisation of Transport – Light Duty Vehicles


Decarbonisation of transport is an essential part of the transformation to a low- and zero-emission society.  Transport accounts for about 25% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, and the demand for passenger and freight transport is expected to grow 40-50% from 2010 to 2050. Hence, there is a need for all stakeholders, from researchers and technologists to bureaucrats and politicians, to come together and find new long-term solutions to the challenge of decarbonization of transport.

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The Academy invites to a half-day webinar on decarbonisation of light duty vehicles. (Photo: Lucas Mylon/Unsplash)

In the report Decarbonisation of transport: options and challenges, EASAC – the European Academies' Science Advisory Council – reviews options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from European road transport and provides recommendations for short- and long-term policy measures. Also, in Norway decarbonizing of the transport sector plays a central role in meeting 2030 emission reduction targets. 

With this as background, DNVA invites you to a half-day webinar where we will address several key issues related to the requirements for new technology and fueling/charging infrastructure, as well as the need for a long-term coherent policy to promote low- and zero emission transport. In the webinar questions such as these will be raised and discussed:

1)    How can the uptake of zero emission solutions like battery electric and hydrogen be increased?
2)    How will electrification interact with biofuels and natural gas in this transition?
3)    What are different pathways towards 2030 that enable 50% reduction in 2030 and zero emissions in 2050?
4)    What does this mean for emission reductions required for person vehicles and road transport?
5)    What policy can support the transition and what are the costs?

The focus of the webinar will be on decarbonization of road transport and light-duty passenger vehicles. A second meeting, focusing on emission reductions in heavy-duty road transport and near coast maritime transport, is planned for the second half of 2020. 

Preliminary program:

09:00 Opening, Asgeir Tomasgard, NTNU, FME NTRANS
09:05 EASAC Decarbonization of transport  Status for zero-emission transport technologies – a Norwegian perspective, Øystein Ulleberg, EASAC working group, FME MoZEES
09:20 Value chains for decarbonised light-duty vehicless: Sustainable battery production, Margret Mehrens (TBC), ZSW (Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research)
09:35 Sustainability analysis of battery and biofuels, Anders Hammer Strømman (TBC), NTNU
09:50 Sustainable use of biofuels: Present and future, Volker Krey (TBC), NTNU
10:05 Sustainable transition and the future energy mix in the Norwegian road transport system in the next 10 years, Kari Espegren (TBC), FME MoZEES
10:20 How can the transition be supported: when to penalize pollution and when to subsidize transition, sustainable and fair technology shifts, Lasse Fridstrøm (TBC), TØI
10:35 Decarbonisation of transport: Social tipping point: norms, culture and other aspects that influence choice, Linda Steg, university of Groningen
10:50 Summary and concluding remarks