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Change Makers Lab Berlin – A deep dive into fossil free transports

We are speeding towards a two degrees hotter world. The question is if retail transports in a world of increased e-commerce can cross the fossil free finish line in time? To fulfil the Paris agreement, the transformation of the transport sector requires an unprecedented pace of new technology adoption. The current development is completely reverse to what is necessary – in fact total emissions from heavy duty vehicles have grown faster than for any other transport mode.

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On the 5th of April these challenges were discussed by a group of high-level experts from around Europe. The dynamic seminar took place during Change Makers Lab, a sustainability event arranged by H&M in Berlin. Eric Hannon, partner at McKinsey in Frankfurt, introduced the seminar with a brief summary of the conclusions from the Pathways study on how global heavy-duty transports can transition in time to fulfil the Paris agreement. Three panels then discussed how European leadership can ensure a turn-around and a rapid transition, which solutions will be the most important, where in the value chain should which actions be taken, who will pay the price, how can cooperation be a tool to meet the challenges and are the right decisions taken by the European politicians to support the speedy transition needed.
Participants in order of appearance:

  • Eric Hannon, Partner, McKinsey, Frankfurt
  • Emma Nehrenheim, Chief Environmental Officer, Northvolt
  • Åsa Pettersson, Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability, Scania
  • Pierpaolo Cazzola, Senior Energy and Transport Analyst, The International Energy Agency
  • Kathrin Brost, Global Head of Go-Green, DHL Global Forwarding
  • Massimo D’Alessandro, Director – Sustainability and innovation, HAVI
  • Sophie Punte, Executive Director of the Smart Freight Centre
  • Lina Odéen, Sustainability manager Global logistics, H&M Group
  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
  • Alexandre Paquot, Head of Road Transport Unit, DG Climate Action, European Commission
  • Marc Hoffmann, CEO E.ON Sweden

The seminar was moderated by Malin Forsgren and Mikael Karlsson, 2050 Consulting.

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