Summing up, the organizers of the virtual Fuels of the Future 2021 conference – Bundesverband Bioenergie e.V (BBE), Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP), German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe), Fachverband Biogas, and Association of the German Biofuels Industry (VDB) – were very satisfied with the event’s impact, not least as it was held in digital format for the first time ever.
According to the organizers, attendance levels, with a total of 560 participants, underscore the importance of this annual conference as one of the top national and international communication platforms for the entire fuel sector, the automotive industry, professional associations, the world of science, and, last but not least, for policy-makers.
The diverse range of renewable mobility topics addressed in the presentations and discussions over the five days of the conference highlights the broad spectrum of available technological options, all of which should be utilized as consistently as possible to boost climate change mitigation in the transport sector, the closing statement read.
In a total of 15 forums, over 70 experts from the biofuel sector, the mineral oil, automotive and chemical industries, the mobility, logistics, and transport sector, as well as scientists and politicians presented strategies, concepts, and measures for greater climate change mitigation in the transport sector and entered into in-depth discussions with conference participants on these topics.
A broad spectrum of technologies needed
Participants noted as one key insight that, in a spirit of openness to technological options, all potential technologies, especially those available now, must be utilized when tackling the urgent challenges facing climate protection in the transport sector. Sustainable biofuels and renewable fuels will in the future be vitally important for effective climate change mitigation and are indispensable as a complement to sustainable e-mobility.
The findings presented at the conference confirmed that a broad spectrum of technologies and solutions for renewable mobility is ripe for market launch. Suitable promotion measures will be needed with a view to rapid exploitation of their potential, just as the regulatory framework in Germany and the EU must also be designed accordingly.
Experts at the conference were unanimous in emphasizing that climate change mitigation, implementation of the energy transition in the transport sector, and the associated complex transformation process constitute major challenges for society, not least when it comes to consumer acceptance. In coming years this conference will continue to offer a central communication and discussion platform for all industry players to address the pressing issues involved in renewable mobility and effective climate protection in the transport sector.
The 19th Conference on Renewable Mobility “Fuels of the Future 2022” is slated to be held – in real life – on January 24-25, 2022 in Berlin, Germany.