Green growth in transport: the way forward
Through growing partnerships and engagement with our co-founders, we regularly work together to create value. Over the past year, I have had the privilege and ample opportunity to witness the professional approach and care that the co-founders of the Transportation Foundation take in transmitting their respective mission and vision. Our strong collaboration will certainly lead to excellence and my sincere gratitude goes to each of them as their strong belief in the Foundation and their commitment to present and promote the Foundation to well-established networks have broadened the reach of local and international stakeholders. . Such a broad perspective of articles for this Supplement would not have been possible.
In 96 months, we will be in 2030. If the milestones set by the European Commission in the proposed sustainable and smart mobility strategy materialize, by then we will have 30 million zero-emission cars and 80,000 zero trucks in Europe. emission in operations and zero emission ocean going vessels to the market. Five years later, in 2035, we’ll have big zero-emission planes ready to go to market.
The Transportation Foundation is well positioned within the industry to accelerate the adoption of greener technologies and the dispersal of tangible knowledge. We are not discussing whether the science is right or wrong, but we are actually studying the impact of these technologies on operations and the alignment of companies’ vision and plans with the changes they bring about. And there is no better place than to work hand in hand with all the players in the industry!
The growth of companies using green technologies over the long term has finally become a hot topic. Green growth in transport, and not only, requires investments in human capital, aligned with educational institutions, the new national employment policy for the next ten years, planned foreign direct investments and national policies post-COVID recovery strategy, a low-carbon development strategy and the total greening of transport.
The Transportation Foundation is rightly placed within the industry to accelerate the adoption of greener technologies and the dispersion of tangible knowledge
We need to be innovative and up to the task and make better use of the work-based learning law that came into effect a few years ago, but I think it can be one of the tools needed to integrate multisectoral needs.
Green growth requires the integration of multisectoral needs and a holistic multidisciplinary platform. This will structure the discussions on strategic decisions in the field of mobility. As we all know, changes in the mobility sector are accompanied by profound technical, legal and social changes.
This platform can clarify the facts on complex topics and brings together relevant stakeholders, technical expertise and policy makers. Based on the results of the discussion, recommendations for action can be formulated for policy makers and businesses. The structured approach will improve visibility of the holistic impact of and can visualize the dashboard of all key factors in the Malta and Gozo greening process.
Such an effort gives rise to a wide range of disciplines related to transport. Thus, various working groups or discussion groups can be set up to fight against transport and climate change and alternative propulsion technologies and fuels for sustainable mobility. Securing Malta and Gozo as a green transport location and ensuring the necessary training and qualification are two key pillars. Linking mobility to energy and other industry needs undoubtedly links standardization, standards, certification and type approval.
We are not reinventing the wheel, as such configurations exist in other countries to assess uncertainties and vulnerabilities, challenges and opportunities, operationalize green growth holistically across multiple sectors, and define green policies and programs that increase the productivity of the national and / or private sector and job creation. They also play a vital role in providing clear and specific technical concepts and business planning and in the deployment of small-scale pilot projects that can become large-scale follow-up projects.
Workplaces and private residences must share a cleaner and safer environment and a holistic approach can enable a concept of a shared neighborhood in which the space needs of businesses and residences are complementary and not competing. The adoption of new technologies requires a national awareness campaign providing information and assistance on the ground.
The Fondation pour les Transports, positioned at the heart of the industry, can be an active player in this proposed structure. We believe that adapting to innovation can be a game-changer.
Jeannette Axisa is Managing Director, Foundation for Transport
Independent journalism costs money. Times of Malta support for the price of a coffee.