Madrid will become the global center for sustainable mobility between June 14 and 16, with the celebration of the first Global Mobility Call congress, which will bring together international leaders in the sector to address all issues related to its transformation.
The meeting was hosted by the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA) and hosted by IFEMA MADRID, whose venues will host the event, and Smobhub, a consulting firm specializing in the mobility ecosystem.
Among its goals is positioning Spain as a center of operations to turn it into a focus for investment in an industry with great potential, which, moreover, is at a decisive moment: according to a study by the Spanish Association of Automobile Manufacturers – ANFAC. – By 2040, this sector will account for 5% of total GDP, it can create up to 1.4 million jobs and entail investment of 54,000 million euros in related industries.
For the duration of the three days of the event, the Global Mobility Call will serve as a platform for all environments and activities that are involved in one way or another in the development of sustainable mobility, attempting to offer a holistic approach that goes beyond the paradigm of the automotive and transport industries.
Thus, the event will be organized around a large exhibition and hundreds of panels where international experts will present the most ambitious projects conceived by interest groups such as infrastructure companies, the financial sector, strategic consultants, insurers, companies specializing in environmental or energy firms, as well as different levels of government.
The exhibition part will bring together more than 150 participants, including national, regional and local institutions such as the City Council and the Municipality of Madrid, in addition to MITMA, as well as the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Affairs, companies and large private corporations. , international associations, SMEs, investors and a wide range of new companies. An important aspect for start-ups and the business environment is “the context of the opportunities offered by the European funds NextGenerationEU, endowed with more than 800 billion euros, to achieve the goal of sustainability, encourage new investment and solve problems that contribute to progress towards energy efficiency and autonomy. “, – said sources in the organization.
The goal, emphasizes José Vicente de los Mozos, President of the IFEMA MADRID Executive Committee and organizer of the Global Call for Mobility, is to “achieve carbon-free, safe mobility that respects the planet and health, using the momentum of digitalization and technology.”
However, the main focus of the congress program will be on conferences with 250 speakers from different countries – you can check the program of events here – and which will be attended by more than 15,000 visitors. This production will serve as a detailed introduction to the great projects that are being worked on around the world. Like, for example, PAsCAL aimed at understanding the implications for society connected and autonomous vehicles; or the Gaia-X initiative to create an open, unified and interoperable data infrastructure.
But, at the same time, the Global Call for Mobility will introduce other formulas such as One Planet Cities, WWF’s development to create cities that allow all people to thrive within ecological limits, or the Senator platform, which aims to promote efficient, sustainable and affordable logistics operations with an impact on city mobility, among many other examples.
Participants will have access to lectures, master classes and first-class presentations, such as the speech of the famous Japanese American theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, who will present his predictions based on the latest scientific research.
Also attending IFEMA MADRID will be one of the fathers of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Jeffrey Sachs, author of reference works such as End Poverty and The Era of Sustainable Development, architect and director of the Senseable Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, urban planning expert Carlo Ratti; ZELEROS Hyperloop founder David Pistoni Perez; Cabify founder Juan de Antonio and Uri Levin, Waze co-founder and startup investor.
Among the experts in various fields who will actively participate in the Global Mobility Call are such leading figures as Shivvi Jervis, an analyst with a recognized international reputation; Joy Aljuni, entrepreneur and founder of Fetchr; Clotilde Delbos, CEO of Mobilize Renault Group; Monica Araya, Senior Policy Adviser on Climate Change; Raquel Sanchez Jimenez, Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Development; Maria Luisa Dominguez, ADIF President; and Adina Valean, European Commissioner for Transport.
Also involved are institutional and corporate leaders such as Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister; Ana Paula Assis, President of IBM Latin America Pilar Lopez, 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 General Manager of Renault in Spain and Portugal; Isaias Taboas, President of Renfe; Maria Elena Antolin, president of Antolín; Berta Barrero, CEO Mobility Indra; Silvia Roldan, CEO of Metro de Madrid; Sergio Vasquez-Torron, president of Ineco, and Carlo Ratti, architect and director of MIT’s Senseable Lab and urban planning expert, among other notables.
The thematic blocks that structure the Global Mobility Call are in line with the priorities of the sustainable mobility ecosystem and will broadly represent urban models, public-private cooperation frameworks and transport challenges, as well as demographic and emerging social challenges.
In parallel, three social impact actions will be organized at the event, and the voice of the new generation, rural entrepreneurs and new companies will be voiced. All without losing sight of the medium term as the event will remain active outside of the main days via the Live Connect digital platform.
Madrid and Spain at the forefront
“The capital wants to become a testing ground for sustainable mobility,” said Borja Carabante, delegate of the Department of Environment and Mobility of the Madrid City Hall. For this, “we are going to set up a dedicated innovation office so that everyone who decides to work in this sector can do it.” Similarly, Carabante assured that “Global Mobility Call is in line with City Council priorities” and for this reason, “we will share experience with other countries at the congress.” From his point of view, “this is a first-class event that will make Madrid the vanguard and the zero kilometer of sustainable mobility.”
For his part, David Pérez, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of the Community of Madrid, indicated that the regional executive will invest between 4,000 and 4,500 million euros over the next five years in its transport network, because “this is an element of territorial structuring.” and therefore social cohesion, opportunities for people, and competitiveness.”
In the Global Mobility Call, the regional government will present achievements 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: “We already have 100% electric buses in Madrid. coexisting with hydrogen. We want to open the way for upgrading vehicles so that they are less and less polluting,” Perez said.
Public commercial organizations such as ADIF, the Railway Infrastructure Administrator, which is directly dependent on MITMA, will also take an active part in the Global Mobility Call. Its president, Maria Luisa Dominguez, acknowledged that “sectoral changes and sustainability are bringing the railway industry to a sweet spot” and elaborates that “more than 6,200 million euros of the 140,000 that Spain will receive from European funds will be dedicated to the world of the train, in order to increase the percentage use of renewable energy sources”.
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