Press Release 05 October 2007
THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION
WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL LAUNCHES STUDY ON
TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGIES AND POLICY SCENARIOS
The transport sector utilises a major share of the global energy production, currently representing between 20% and 25% of aggregate energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Strong growth in energy consumption to 2050 is projected in all sectors, with the transport proportion projected to remain stable up to 2050. Transport therefore has an important role to play in contributing to the primary objective of the World Energy Council: sustainable energy for all.
As part of the major WEC study on Scenarios to 2050 - to be published later this year – a specific investigation was undertaken on measures required in the transport sector to secure sustainable energy and sustainable mobility in the future.
The WEC study on “Transport Technologies and Policy Scenarios to 2050” outlines the results conducted by a study group of international WEC transport experts and gives concrete policy recommendations to develop sustainable transport systems.
In this study, existing and potential fuel and vehicle technologies are assessed both qualitatively (by the 3 A’s criteria of energy Availability, Accessibility and Acceptability) and quantitatively (by the contribution to
reduced consumption and emissions) to determine a roadmap for technologies, which can help meet the objective of sustainable energy.
The study is presented today to a distinguished audience consisting of international experts at a major WEC event on future transport technologies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event is being organised by the Brazilian Member Committee of the WEC in cooperation with Petrobras.
Norberto de Franco Medeiros, WEC Vice Chair of Latin America and Caribbean said:
“Solutions for sustainable energy for transport should be addressed by an integrated approach, which commits all the actors that influence consumption. These include consumers, drivers, manufacturers, energy companies and governments.”
Dr. Simon Godwin, Study Group Chair and Manager, Automotive Issues at DaimlerChrysler pointed out:
“Technologies must be encouraged through a functioning market, which rewards energy efficiency whilst barriers to entry must be overcome by support for innovation.”
The entire report is available to download in PDF Format.
The World Energy Council in partnership with Oliver Wyman (global consulting firm) has over the past year worked on its third Assessment of country energy and climate policy aiming to identify key areas for policy improvements and to understand how successful policies can be transferred from one country to another. more >