La Soirée January 2024 Report – Implementation and Realism on the Minds of European Sustainable Transport Stakeholders

[Brussels, 24/01] – The Green Mobility Magazine is pleased to present a comprehensive overview of the discussions and key outcomes from the inaugural La Soirée, an exclusive gathering of industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders, which took place on the 17th of January. Themed “2024 in View: New, Sustainable Horizons for Transport,” this seminal event provided a multi-faceted exploration of the impending challenges and opportunities within sustainable transport.

The event was graced by the presence of esteemed speakers such as Erik Jonnaert, Chairman of FIPRA Public Affairs & Green Mobility Magazine Editorial Board Member; Laurianne Krid, Director General of FIA Region I & Green Mobility Magazine Editorial Board Member; Mark Watts, Co-Founder of LP Brussels & Green Mobility Magazine Editorial Board Member; and Sigrid de Vries, Director General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). Each brought forth their unique perspectives under the adept moderation of Thomas Jérémie Hayden-Lefebvre, Editor-in-Chief of the Green Mobility Magazine.

The evening’s discourse revolved around the pivotal topics that are shaping the future of transport: the ambitious goals of the EU Green Deal, the implications of forthcoming elections, the burgeoning sector of micro-mobility, the imperative to reduce transport’s greenhouse gas emissions, and the principles of acceptance and the just transition. These discussions are particularly salient as the industry looks towards the implementation of new policies and technologies in and beyond 2024.

The headline finding of La Soirée, drawn from the collective insights of the panel, is the forecast that 2024 will be a year characterised by both “reality checks” and “implementation.” As the transport sector and economy face significant headwinds, the next years will necessitate an unwavering commitment to the practical application of strategies that align with the dual objectives of environmental sustainability and economic viability.

The consensus among the speakers underscored the essential nature of the collaborative endeavour. It was emphatically noted that the implementation phase of the EU Green Deal would require robust engagement from all stakeholders, harmonisation of policies at the European and national levels, and a dedicated effort to foster public acceptance. Furthermore, the dialogue highlighted the need for a just transition that equitably addresses the socio-economic impacts on affected communities, and which maintains affordability as a core tenet.

Micro-mobility emerged as a significant theme, with panellists noting its potential to reshape urban transport paradigms. The speakers provided analytical commentary on the commercial and regulatory environment and the acceptance and use cases for micro-mobility. However, select panel members also underscored the importance of public transport as a means to decarbonise mobility.

The event concluded with a collective affirmation of the urgency to adhere to the principles of sustainability, practical implementation, and the just transition in the transport sector.

The Green Mobility Magazine extends its gratitude to the speakers and all participants for their invaluable contributions to the success of La Soirée.

We look forward to hosting the next Soirée on the 13th of February 2024.