The challenge of reducing air pollution and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions is one that the oil sector has been engaged in for some time and takes seriously. Is enough being done? Is the potential of the sector to contribute being fully tapped? How can the oil sector work with others to address this challenge most effectively?

According to the European Commission, the transport sector represents almost 25% of Europe’s GHG emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities. GHG emissions from the transport sector have more than doubled since 1970. The European Union has set the target to reduce CO2 emissions from transport by 60% by 2050. Lowering emissions in the transport sector is a very big challenge globally and achieving low-emission mobility needs very serious decisions. At the same time, the European Commission expects that oil products will still represent about 90% of the EU transport sector needs in 2030 and 86% in 2050. How can these ambitions and the reality be reconciled?

In this context, the conference will discuss global transport scenarios, developments in transport fuels and powertrains in connection with potential changes to the global oil market. It will address the biofuels debate and encourage an honest discussion. The potential of alternative fuels such as hydrogen will also be examined to determine if this is a dream or plausible reality. The conference will also look to the refining industry and how it can contribute to a sustainable future for transport, addressing the dual challenge of GHG emissions and air quality.

The oil and transport sectors have already adapted to address the challenges of security of supply, competitiveness and climate change. What more needs to be done and what can we realistically expect in the next 10 – 20 years?

Key Speakers

Kadri Simson

Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia

Einari Kisel

Regional Manager for Europe, World Energy Council Secretariat

Chris Malins

A Globally Recognised Expert in Low Carbon and Clean Fuels Policy

Nick Molden

Founder & CEO, Emissions Analytics

Thorsten Herbert

Head of Programme Fuel Cells, German National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology

Alessandro Bartelloni

Policy Director, FuelsEurope

Sulev Senkel

Development management consultant