The Future of Mobility

As the world emerges from the pandemic, mobility will increase. However, present day transport options remain energy intensive and need decarbonisation. The International Energy Agency reports that while decarbonisation efforts are slowing the rise in emissions from transport, it is still responsible for 24% of direct CO2 emissions from fuel combustion. In other words, the rates of transport-related emissions are beginning to plateau, but they need to be brought down.

Road transport is responsible for three quarters of emissions from transport, and while most of the improvements have been in light-road transport, emissions from heavy-duty road freight, shipping and aviation continue to rise. This is an urgent challenge and requires technological solutions that need to be implemented quickly and at scale. Combining research efforts with industry perspective can help accelerate progress in this area.

This session is intended to serve as an opportunity for University of Cambridge researchers and industry partners to define urgent, common challenges and agree collaborative research approaches to address the future of mobility.

Dr Lata Sahonta, Co-chair
Professor Abir Al-Tabbaa, Geotechnical and Environmental Research Group, Department of Engineering
Professor John Miles, Director of Research in Transitional Energy Strategies, Department of Engineering
Professor Adam Boies, Head of Energy Group, Department of Engineering
Dr Alexander Forse, The Forse Group, Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry
Dr David Reiner, Senior Lecturer in Technology Policy, Cambridge Judge Business School

If you would like to follow up on any areas covered in this session, please contact Dr Manar Alsaif manar.alsaif@admin.cam.ac.uk