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.
Suggested topics: Vehicle electrification, Decarbonising road freight, Decarbonisation through infrastructure, Economics, policy and regulations, Sustainable manufacturing and supply chains, Behavioural changes and barriers to sustainable implementation.