On May 8 and 9 the main Latin American players creating solutions for a sustainable and cleaner mobility gathered during the first Latin American Mobility Summit in Mexico City. Representatives were present from companies and institutions across the energy industry such as Faurecia, Bosch, Uber, CFE, ENGIE, The Carbon Trust and the UN.
The second day of the event was opened by Leonardo Beltrán, Deputy Minister of Planning and Energy Transition at the Ministry of Energy. During his opening speech Beltrán highlighted the relevance that the transportation sector has for Mexico to reach its clean generation and efficiency goals. “Transportation represents the highest opportunity area for Mexico to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency. This can be achieved by providing a regulatory scheme that favors the inclusion of alternative fuels,” he said. “Considering the increase of EVs in the future, achieving a cleaner energy mix in the country is vital to ensure an effective reduction in GHG emissions.”
Beltrán mentioned the 1,600 charging stations already present in the country, together with plans to increase this number in special highway corridors to ensure connectivity with this kind of transportation systems in the main cities of the country. According to the Deputy Minister, there is potential to reduce emission by up 52.1 percent by 2050. To learn more about Beltran’s insights, do not miss our Interview of the Week with him.
During the panel titled Electrifying Everything: Perspective of Energy Players, important players were present. Simone Tripepi, Head of Enel X South America, Mauricio Miranda, Director e-Mobility Colombia of Codensa, Pablo Martínez, VP of Customer Solutions Latin America at ENGIE and Rodrigo Fernández, Chief Business Development Officer of Kinetech Power Sytems, were present on this panel, moderated by Ana Angel, Clean Energy & Transport Consultant at Hinicio. Each one of the participants highlighted the importance of transitioning into a scenario where oil and gas had a lower presence in mobility, while accepting that there is still a lot to do to reach a fossil-free world.
Martínez presented the ENGIE Factory, a business-incubator division for innovative solutions that would help to create a cleaner and sustainable future. Meanwhile, Tripepi mentioned the importance of having both public and private sectors playing together to combat the issue of emissions related to mobility in all kinds of cities. Storage systems were a recurrent theme during the panel, and Fernández presented Kinetech’s flywheel technology as a cleaner alternative to the use of chemical systems in batteries.
The rest of the day was reserved for innovative personal mobility systems like the ones presented by Alterbike, Scoot and Segway, as well as discussions around regulatory models for electric mobility and smart cities with INECC, Volvo and the European Energy Efficiency Fund.
The day finished with a positive sense for the future of mobility in Mexico, together with networking opportunities that took the participants one step closer to ensuring a stronger and cleaner foothold in the country.
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