Current social megatrends such as climate change and digitization require and promote a fundamental change in the way we move around. At present, however, it remains controversially debated as to how the mobility system of the future should be designed and what measures are needed at the individual, economic and political levels to meet the social challenges. While some social actors emphasize the potential of battery-powered and digitally networked electric vehicles and aircraft for sustainable mobility, others question the sustainability of electromobility, warn that a rapid departure from internal combustion engines could cost a large number of jobs in key German industries, and point to problems with data protection and data security when using digital technologies. Still others are calling for more far-reaching changes in the mobility system, such as a massive expansion of public transportation, making flights more expensive or radically changing urban planning. Debates such as those on speed limits, driving bans, train delays or flight shame show that discourses on mobility are often conducted emotionally and threaten to escalate quickly because they directly affect the personal interests of a large number of different social stakeholders.
The aim of this project, which is funded by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK), is therefore to create a platform for public discourse on the topic of "mobility of the future" that will enable various stakeholders to contribute their views in a structured way and to discuss alternative solution concepts. Specifically, three discussion events are planned, so-called Future Platforms, which are dedicated to the future of mobility with a focus on climate change and digitization. All in all, the project should contribute to moderating the social discourse on the future of mobility and help to find scientifically sound opinions and solutions. The discussion is based on various research projects on sustainability and digitization in the mobility sector, which are currently being carried out at the Chair of Management.
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What are the challenges for the mobility sector in times of climate change and how can politics and companies meet these challenges? Should automotive companies rely on batteries or hydrogen? And what role do new urban concepts, speed limits and bans on vehicles with combustion engines play on the way to more sustainable mobility?
These and other questions will be discussed at the future platform "Mobility in Times of Climate Change", which will be held online on November 3 from 1 to 3.30 pm. During the event, three experts will first explain their views on pressing issues in the context of mobility and climate change. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for questions, exchange and discussion. We are pleased that we were able to win the following experts for the event:
- Kerstin Meyer (Project Manager Vehicles and Drives, Agora Verkehrswende): "Electromobility and the Decarbonization of Transport".
- Dr. Norbert Korallus (Head of Transport Planning, City of Oldenburg): "Strategies and measures for more sustainable mobility in municipalities".
- Dr. Stephan Krinke (Head of Strategy and Programs, General Secretariat Sustainability Volkswagen AG): "The Volkswagen Decarbonization Program - The Road to CO2 Neutral Mobility".
The participation is free of charge. To register for the Future Platform, please send a short (preferably empty) e-mail with the subject "Registration Future Platform" to Ms. Katharina Gärtner (). In good time before the event, you will then receive a link with instructions on how to participate in the video conference. The number of participants is limited for technical reasons, the "first come, first served" principle applies.