The World Summit on Sustainable Mobility – Movin’ On – was recently held in Montreal, Canada. The three-day long conference features a range of industry partners, innovative startups, workshops and engaging talks. The aim of the summit was to discuss emerging solutions for sustainable mobility, and ultimately, to improve the future that these transport solutions can have.
Interestingly, public authorities played a large role in the summit as an emphasis was placed on community and public engagement. Consequently, the summit saw representatives from local government, authorities, and policy makers: all of them working in conjunction to support smart and sustainable mobility.
This kind of community engagement has led to a range of breakthroughs, for example the Canadian Minister for Economy, Science and Innovation has resulted in the founding of a Centre of Excellence in Open Mobility Technologies. It was further revealed at the summit by local authorities that the 2018-2023 action plan for Sustainable Mobility is to be funded by 118 million dollars.
Alongside Smart Mobility solutions, the summit featured many creative business and companies working in fields parallel, and in support of, Smart Mobility. Representatives from clean technologies outlined their solutions and future plans also, with the aim of working together with Smart Mobility and Smart cities. Similarly, organisations and bodies promoting the use green and clean technologies were also present, and voiced strong notions of support for the continued innovate use of Smart Mobility.
The summit revealed that road transport is one of the biggest issues in cities. As such, a variety of Canadian firms presented solutions and plans – separate to the popular electric passenger cars already present on Canadian roads – that will be making their debut before the end of the year. These promise to replace pickup truck engines with electric and more eco-friendly models and increasing their lifespan.
Further talks highlighted the same goal of electrification of all transport sectors, including roads, trains, planes and boats also. This is argued to create an electric fleet of transport, where management and resourcing solutions can be exchanged easily between vehicles. Plans for this are expected to take much longer, up to 8 years in some cases, but will have important environmental impacts that will be worth the cost.
We look forward to finding out more about the collaborations and outcomes of the summit in the coming months!