The Road Towards Decarbonizing Smart Cities: the role of place based solutions in decarbonising mobility
Panel Details (description)
Cities occupy only two percent of the world’s landmass but they leave a huge carbon footprint. City residents must struggle with increased congestion, energy, waste and water management issues as well as jammed, polluting transportation systems. Creating smart, green, functional and liveable cities will imply several intelligent approaches, involving complex solutions and multifaceted innovation actions. Tackling the intelligent, low carbon and integrated mobility is one aspect this panel will debate about, engaging experts involved in implementing local based solutions. Challenging existing success stories from solution(s) to implementation will underline the role of decision makers in prioritisation of investment. Learning by doing and identifying transferable solutions is one the expected take away.
Duration: 1 h and 30 min
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Dr Delia Dimitriu is a climate expert with more than 25 experience in the field, working on low carbon integrated mobility at city and regional level. She is developing strategies and shaping programmes and projects to address aspects of policy, research and practice, while seeking for joint innovative solutions to be scaled up and taste market responsiveness. Currently she is advising several European and international stakeholders from cities, transport and mobility, on how to explore the links between knowledge, innovation and investment.
5 members, from academia, research community, city representative, industry and innovation field/market-implementation.
Richard WalkerUK Department for Transport; Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Richard Walker is an expert in transport planning, policy and strategy engaging with policy makers at the national, regional and local levels. He has worked on regional economic development and transport strategy for the North of England since 2014 and lately (2020-2021) he is on secondment to the DecarboN8 Network team at ITS Leeds, developing the concepts of a place-based approach to transport decarbonisation.
Dr. Marie-Eve REINERT is senior project manager in charge of the unit working on energy and mobility, incl. Fuel Cells and Hydrogen topics. She is contributing to the H2020 FCH-JU projects COSMHYC, COSMHYC XL, INN-BALANCE and FCHgo! Marie-Eve is focussing on administrative and financial management as well as on communication, dissemination and exploitation, including IPR. She is also involved in regional initiatives for deployment of hydrogen, and is supporting start-ups in the hydrogen sector.
Laurie PickupInternational Director in charge of research and innovation at Vectos, a UK/German-based transport-planning consultancy
Laurie Pickup is a social scientist with 45 years experience in the transport field. He has been continuously involved in international research since the summer of 1979, mainly within a European context where he has been heavily involved in all eight EC Framework programmes. He holds an honorary professorship in European Transport Policy from the University of Aberdeen and in autumn 2019 was given a CIVITAS lifetime award by the European Commission for his outstanding contribution to the development of sustainable mobility over the last 20 years
Berrin Benli is engaged in shaping frameworks on adaptation & mitigation measures to assess climate change impact in cities. Involved in smart city transformation initiatives, dealing with sustainable and climate cities, she is developing roadmaps towards green cities in Turkey, to create awareness on sustainability and liveability in urban and rural areas. The concepts developed by Berrin and her colleagues have been adopted by some European cities working with startups.
Bogdan Ovidiu VargaFaculty of Automotive Engineering, Mechatronics and Mechanics, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Bogdan Ovidiu Varga
Prof. Bogdan Varga is a Member of Federation Internationale des Experts en Automobile (FIEA)- Paris- France and correspondent member of the Standardization International SAE Powertrain Systems Group. Currently he is working with several cities on decarbonizing mobility, shaping and implementing projects on electric and hybrid propulsion and electric buses, adding knowledge to the benefits of low carbon mobility. He is also working on implementing autonomous vehicle in Cluj-Napoca/Romania, identifying gaps in legislation and barriers to innovations implementation.