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“Green” Mobility: expert discussion in Hamburg

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More than 150 experts from all over Europe gathered at the Green Mobility Conference to discuss sustainable technologies and concepts in aviation and logistics.

On Monday, the aviation cluster, Hamburg Aviation, and the Logistics Initiative Hamburg jointly hosted the first Green Mobility Conference. The aim of the event was to discover sustainable technologies and business models together, as well as to present the current state of research at the European level. Speakers included high-ranking representatives from universities, companies and trade associations from seven European nations. Alongside the addresses there were also matchmaking sessions, providing participants with the opportunity to establish contacts across industry and national borders and to explore areas of future cooperation together. More than 150 expert representatives from 13 nations took part.

Discussions at the Green Mobility Conference included issues such as autonomous apron vehicles, the opportunities and risks of liquefied natural gas as a fuel in the transport sector, weight reduction in aircraft cabins with new design approaches, and more efficient connections between process chains on the ground and in the air. The keynote address was delivered by Jens Gralfs, responsible for research and technology at Airbus in Germany.

The Green Mobility Conference concept grew out of the EU project CARE - Clean Aerospace Regions. Ten European partners in the aviation project jointly promote research in environmentally efficient technologies and processes for the entire aviation transportation system, in order to increase European competitiveness. Hamburg Aviation is involved in important aspects of CARE and has, since 2012, led the "Dissemination" work package, dealing with the development and implementation of a communication strategy.

"The future belongs to green technologies," says Dr Franz Josef Kirschfink, Managing Director of Hamburg Aviation. "As a leading aviation and logistics centre, Hamburg can justifiably claim an international leading role in this area. Hosting the Green Mobility Conference here puts us on the right path."

"There has always been a good deal of overlap in the processes of aviation and logistics, and the sectors therefore have a lot of common interests," adds Holger Schneemann, Board Member of the Logistics Initiative Hamburg. "It has to be our goal as cluster to build bridges and strengthen communication and networking across industry and national borders."