Saturday, November 26

Why Spain will become a power of sustainable mobility

Madrid will become hub World Conference on Sustainable Mobility between June 14 and 16, thanks to the celebration of the first congress Global Mobility Callin which international leaders of the sector will meet, in order to address all issues related to its transformation.

The meeting has been promoted by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda of the Government of Spain —MITMA— and organized by IFEMA MADRID —whose facilities will host the event— and smobhubthe consulting firm specializing in the mobility ecosystem.

Among its objectives is the positioning of Spain as a center of operations to turn it into a focus for investment in an industry with great potential that, moreover, is at a decisive moment: according to a study of the Spanish Association of Automobile Manufacturers —ANFAC—, the sector will account for 5% of the total GDP by 2040, could generate up to 1.4 million jobs and entail an investment of 54,000 million euros for related sectors.

During the three days that the event will last, Global Mobility Call will serve as a platform for all environments and activities that participate in one way or another in the development of sustainable mobility, trying to offer a holistic approach that goes beyond paradigmatic industries automotive and transportation.

In this way, the event will be articulated around a large exhibition and a hundred panels, in which international experts will present the most ambitious projects, conceived by interest groups such as infrastructure companies, the financial sector, strategic consultants, insurers , companies specialized in the environment or energy firms, as well as the different levels of public administration.

The exhibition part will bring together more than 150 participants, including national, regional and local institutions —such as the City Council and the Community of Madrid, in addition to MITMA— and the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, companies and large private corporations, international associations, SMEs, investors and a wide range of emerging companies. An important aspect for startup and the business environment is “the context of opportunities offered by European funds NextGenerationEU endowed with more than 800 billion euros, to achieve the objective of sustainability, promote new investments and address developments that facilitate progress towards energy efficiency and autonomy”, as sources from the organization have pointed out.

The objective, underlines José Vicente de los Mozos —president of the Executive Committee of IFEMA MADRID and promoter of the Global Mobility Call— is “to achieve a decarbonised, safe mobility that is respectful of the planet and health, taking advantage of the momentum of digitization and the technology”.

However, the main focus of interest on the congress agenda will be the conferences given by 250 speakers from different countries –you can check the agenda here of the event – and which will be attended by more than 15,000 visitors. This staging will serve to get to know in detail the great projects that are being worked on worldwide. Like, for example, PAsCAL, aimed at understanding the implications for society of connected and autonomous vehicles; or the Gaia-X initiative, which seeks to create an open, federated and interoperable data infrastructure.

But, at the same time, the Global Mobility Call will present other formulas such as One Planet Cities, the development of WWF to conceive cities that allow all people to prosper within ecological limits, or the Senator platform, whose objective is to facilitate efficient, sustainable and accessible logistics operations with an impact on the mobility of the city, among many other examples.

Attendees will have access to talks, master classes and first-rate presentations, such as the one offered by the well-known Michio Kaku, an American theoretical physicist of Japanese origin, who will present his predictions based on the latest scientific research.

Also at IFEMA MADRID will be one of the fathers of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Jeffrey Sachs, author of reference works such as ‘The End of Poverty’ and ‘The Era of Sustainable Development’, the architect and director of MIT’s Senseable Lab, expert in urban planning, Carlo Ratti; the founder of ZELEROS Hyperloop, David Pistoni Pérez; the founder of Cabify, Juan de Antonio, and Uri Levine, co-founder of Waze, and investor of startup.

Among the experts in different disciplines who will actively participate in the Global Mobility Call are leading figures such as Shivvy Jervis, an analyst of recognized international prestige; Joy Aljouny, entrepreneur and founder of Fetchr; Clotilde Delbos, CEO of Mobilize Renault Group; Monica Araya, Senior Climate Change Policy Advisor; Raquel Sánchez Jiménez, Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda; María Luisa Domínguez, president of ADIF; and Adina Vãlean, European Commissioner for Transport.

Institutional and corporate leaders also participate, such as Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government; Ana Paula Assis, President of IBM Latin America Pilar López, President of Microsoft Ibérica; Laura Ross, CEO of VW Spain; Josu Imaz, president of Repsol; José Vicente de los Mozos, chairman of the Executive Committee of IFEMA MADRID, member of the Executive Committee and industrial director of the Renault Group and CEO of Renault in Spain and Portugal; Isaías Táboas, president of Renfe; María Elena Antolín, president of Antolín; Berta Barrero, General Director of Mobility at Indra; Silvia Roldan, CEO of Metro de Madrid; Sergio Vazquez-Torrón, president of Ineco, and Carlo Ratti, architect and director of MIT’s Senseable Lab, and urban planning expert, among other prestigious figures.

The thematic blocks that structure the Global Mobility Call correspond to the priorities of the sustainable mobility ecosystem and will be, broadly speaking, urban models, public-private collaboration frameworks and transport challenges, as well as demographic and emerging social.

In parallel, the event will host three social impact actions and will give a voice to new generations, entrepreneurs from rural areas and emerging firms. Everything, without losing sight of the medium term, since the event will remain active beyond the central days through the digital platform Live Connect.

Madrid and Spain as spearhead

“The capital wants to be the test bed for sustainable mobility”, stressed Borja Carabante, delegate of the Madrid Town Hall’s Department of the Environment and Mobility. To achieve this, “we are going to create a specific innovation office so that all those who decide to undertake in the sector can do so”. Likewise, Carabante has assured that “Global Mobility Call fits with the priorities of the City Council” and, for this reason, “we will share experiences with other countries in the congress”. From his perspective, “it is a top-level event that will make Madrid the vanguard and kilometer zero of sustainable mobility.”

For his part, David Pérez, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of the Community of Madrid, has indicated that the regional executive will invest between 4,000 and 4,500 million euros in the next five years in its transport network because “it is an element of territorial structuring and, therefore, of social cohesion, opportunities for people and also of competitiveness”.

In Global Mobility Call, the regional government will present advances such as the use of less polluting energies in more than half of the bus fleet or the application of more than 50 technological solutions: “In Madrid we already have one hundred percent electric buses in operation, coexisting with those of hydrogen. We want to open the way for the renewal of vehicles so that they are less and less polluting”, Pérez specified.

Public business entities such as ADIF, the Railway Infrastructure Administrator directly dependent on MITMA, will also be very present at Global Mobility Call. Its president, María Luisa Domínguez, has recognized that “sectoral changes and sustainability are taking the railway industry to a sweet moment” and specifies that “more than 6,200 million euros, of the 140,000 that Spain will receive from the European funds will be dedicated to the world of the train to increase the percentage of use of renewable energies”.