05 December 2018
Speakers, from left: Stefan Siegmund, German Energy Agency, Keith Malone, California Fuel Cell Partnership, Anette Solli,Akershus County Mayor, Institute for Transport Economics, Eirik T.Bøe, head of the committee for planning, industry and environment in Akershus County, Rolf Huber, H2 Energy.
Scandria®2Act project group (f.l.t.r.): Jan Carsten Gjerløw, Anna Tibbelin, Nora Schindler, Stefan Siegemund and Stig Hvoslef
Photos: © Jan Ivar Bøe, Akershus County Council
"Let`s act" was the motto of the Road Show Clean Fuels conference organized by Akershus County Council at the Norwegian Trade Fair on December 5, 2018. - To achieve zero emissions in the transport sector, more efforts, more instruments and more national and international cooperation is required, was the main message from the speakers.
The event was part of the county municipality's efforts to promote the use of alternative fuels (electricity, hydrogen and biogas) for transport. It was the final Road Show in a series of three delivered from the EU project Scandria®2Act, where the Akershus is responsible for the work package on Clean Fuel Deployment. The conference focused on how local, regional, national authorities and industry can cooperate to speed up the transition to alternative fuels. About 100 persons from politics, industry, research and bureaucracy participated.
Anette Solli, County Mayor of Akershus, welcomed and presented the county´s comprehensive efforts to promote clean fuels. She called for a much more active role from the manufacturers of vehicles, mentioning the long waiting lists for electric vehicles in Norway and that transport users are wanting cleaner vehicles. - How can we speed up the transition to clean fuels when the manufacturers don´t bring the vehicles to the market, she asked? The Mayor ended her presentation by promising that Akershus County Council will continue to be a front runner fostering clean fuels for transport, and active in international cooperation to foster alternative fuels.
A company helping vehicles to the market is H2 Energy. Chairman Rolf Huber presented their ambitious project having 1,000 Hyundai Fuel Cell Trucks in commercial operation over the next 5 years in Switzerland. An alliance consisting of grocery chains, infrastructure developers and energy companies is behind the initiative. They are planning to do this without public support. - It is possible to implement zero-emission solutions within heavy duty transport and at the same time making it profitable, Huber said.
Stefan Siegemund, Dep. Head Renewable Energy and Mobility at the German Energy Agency, presented the Clean Fuel Deployment Strategy developed as one of the main outputs in the Scandria®2Act project. The strategy is an analysis of clean fuel deployment and alternative fuel market framework in the Scandria®-Corridor. It identifies relevant measures needed to enable clean fuel deployment, and addresses fields of action of strategic relevance to foster clean fuels. Siegemund showed how the EU, Member States and municipalities has a shared responsibility to foster clean fuels, and what role they can play to stimulate use of vehicles and development of infrastructure.
Scandria®2Act is focussing on clean transport in a corridor perspective. To make clean transport possible, cities and regions have to do what they can to foster clean fuels in their own region. Anna Tibbelin, Skåne Association of Local Authorities (KFSK), presented several reports developed within Scandria2act on how to increase the regional capacity to do so. Region Skåne has studied several examples on Private-Public Partnership for establishing infrastructure. RISE has described concepts for Multifuel Energy Station, co-locating different kind of alternative and fossil fuels. TH Wildau has provided examples on e-mobility in city logistics from Germany, Sweden and Finland. Anna Tibbelin presented some of the findings and the transferability of to other regions, showing that there are several concrete efforts that the regions can do to help speed up the transition to clean fuels.