Slide Strategic Sessions

2.3 | Innovative concepts and services for zero-emission mobility of people and logistics (Flagship 3)

With current emissions, we will exhaust all carbon budget to stay within 1.5 ºC temperature increase in the next 8 years. Transport decarbonization is one of the greatest challenges that need to be addressed globally in an urgent and at-scale way. Therefore, the next 10 years are critical if we want to stay within the 1.5 ºC or even 2ºC scenario.


The European Commission has declared the objective for Europe to be climate neutral by 2050 and reduce at least 55% of the Green House Gas Emissions by 2030. For transport and logistics, these objectives have been made concrete in the Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy and more recently through the Urban Mobility Framework. Even reaching the EU Green Deal target to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050 does not guarantee staying within the global warming objectives. The European Commission presented the Fit for 55 package aiming at achieving 55% of emissions reduction by 2030. At the same time, most industries and transport users are aware of this societal challenge and are taking the lead in reducing their scope 3 emissions with most leading companies aiming to reduce emissions by more than 40-50 % in 2030 and become net zero in 2030-2040 (e.g., IKEA, L’ORÉAL, MAERSK, PEPSICO, Procter & Gamble, Scania, UNILEVER). This means a deep transformation of transportation, mobility and logistics in the next 10 years.


Although there are segments in transportation for which there are clear decarbonization pathways (e.g., people mobility, city logistics), other important segments (e.g., long-distance transport) are still very challenging to decarbonize with competitive solutions. New innovative concepts and services to manage the growing demand for transport by doing more with less, using and combining transport modes smartly, making rail, inland waterways and short sea shipping solutions competitive in broader markets as of today, sharing and using transport fleets and assets to the max, leveraging MaaS and Physical Internet concepts and engaging with users driving behaviour to more sustainable decisions ’behaviour are needed to make the transition of assets and energies affordable and adapted to the new landscape.


In this strategic session we will address the following questions in detail:

  • How to decarbonize the “hard to abate” passenger and freight transport segments?
  • Will the future transport system be the same as today but only running on zero-emission transport modes and energies? Is transitioning the assets and energies enough? At which cost?
  • Which innovative concepts and services require further attention to smooth the transition?
  • Which incentives and people and goods mobility solutions are needed for service operators to accelerate convergence to zero-emission technologies and mobility solutions?
  • How can citizens be induced to favour zero-emission mobility services and logistics to access goods?
  • What will happen in the next 10 years and what requires more time?



  • Chair: Fernando Liesa, Secretary-General ALICE, Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe
  • Co-chairs: Rosário Macário, IST, ULisboa




  • Alan McKinnon, Professor of Logistics at Kuehne Logistics University
  • Herald Ruijters, Director Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport, European Commission
  • Philippe de Carne, Vice President Business development, Marketing, Innovation, Business excellence and CSR, GEODIS
  • Karine Desrues, Vice President R&D Assets, CMA CGM
  • Catarina Marcelino, TML mobilidade




  • Rosário Macário, IST, ULisboa




  • Fernando Liesa, ALICE
  • Rosário Macário, IST, ULisboa