Transport, energy and digitalisation – city and industry views

How can we strengthen the synergies between the energy, digital and transport sectors to help achieve the goals of the sustainable energy policy and decarbonisation across sectors maintaining Europe’s global leadership?

The next decade will be critical to set Europe and our planet on the track of limiting global warming to well below 2°C, and ideally to 1.5°C. Important energy and climate policy decisions are pending. Concerted actions at all levels will be needed to realise the common objectives in a cost-efficient manner, translate these challenges into drivers of growth and help Europe and industry maintain global leadership, driving prosperity at home and worldwide.Digitalisation bears particular decarbonisation potentials across sectors and a cost-efficient energy and low carbon transition. This session brings cross-sectoral expertise and interconnections related to energy, transport and digital policies and technologies into the discussion. The full potential of low- and zero-emission solutions and systems can be deployed only if the decisions related to different strands of EU policies, and energy and transport policies in particular, are well planned and implemented in widely aligned manner to avoid inefficient efforts and, in the worst case, contradicting policies. The session addresses the synergies between the transport, energy and digital sectors related to achieving the sustainable energy policy goals. It aims at enhancing the value of actions and cross-sectoral work programmes at all levels to optimise the costs and effectiveness of implementation in Europe and globally.

The session showcases the innovation capacity and wider benefits of different technology solutions and trends, supporting the European leadership in turning global decarbonisation challenges into opportunities for all. It will also highlight how best practices from Europe could be learnt and extrapolated to industrializing countries. In this session, European cities and industry, with their knowhow, technological advancement and expertise will share their valuable insights on what is needed to ensure that the digital development benefits are fully deployed and spread across the globe inclusively. Representatives from an international and developing nation perspective will also highlight the challenges they face in tapping into the digital development benefits and offer solutions on how to overcome it.

Organised by ERTICO-ITS Europe in collaboration with EUROCITIES, ORGALIM and UNIDO, the session is targeted towards both the EU policymakers in the relevant areas as well as the key public sector stakeholders involved in implementation. 

The session explores how the different ambitions, time frames, tools and technologies can be aligned or managed in the policy-making at the EU, national and local level and how the innovation potential, synergies and challenges are perceived by the public and private stakeholders. Transport is still the second biggest emission contributor in the economy and the only sector where CO2 emissions have still been growing even after ambitious policy measures have been taken since 1990. Both digital connectivity solutions and green technologies are indispensable in taking the much needed big leap towards decarbonisation and helping Europe, its cities and industries maintain global leadership, driving prosperity at home and worldwide.


Chief Executive Officer
Deputy Head
Berlin Agency for Electromobility (eMO)
Director General
Chairman Energy and Climate Working Group
European Parliament
Climate Change Expert
Policy Director