Ekomobilnost 2024

September 20th to 22nd 2024,
Hotel Zonar & Bird Incubator

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Ekomobilnost 2024 Zagreb

Welcome to EkoMobilnost 2024 – the leading event dedicated to sustainable mobility in the region!

After successful previous years, this year we are directing our focus towards the culturally vibrant city of Zagreb to explore the latest trends and crown the Mobility Week with technologies and innovations shaping the future of mobility. In collaboration with Bird Incubator and EIT Urban mobility RIS Hub Croatia, EkoMobilnost 2024 will be held as a three-day event dedicated to the impact of motor vehicles on the environment and climate, with a special emphasis on the role of media in educating the public on these issues.

As a part of our mission for a clean environment and net zero cities, we will particularly focus on topics such as the importance of batteries, but also the environmental impact of their life cycle. We expect the participation of partners from the Government of the Republic of Croatia, as well as various sectors crucial for achieving our goals – ecology, infrastructure, energy, transportation, as well as local authorities and relevant organizations. Our aim is to facilitate dialogue and partnerships to enable the implementation of concrete solutions and changes.

Where and when:

September 20th to 22nd 2024, Hotel Zonar & Bird Incubator

Program

Time

Theme

09:30-10:00

Registration of the participants

10:00-10:45

Opening and plenary panel session

11:00 - 12:00

“E-mobility: Fervor Hot, but is it Green or Not?”

In this vibrant session, leading voices in sustainable transport challenge the eco-credentials of electric vehicles. They’ll dissect the journey of EV batteries from cradle to grave, revealing the nuanced realities behind greener transportation. Expect a dynamic exploration of e-mobility’s true colors, where cutting-edge research meets on-the-ground experience. 

Using renewable energy to charge electric vehicles (EVs) helps reduce carbon emissions. Traditional vehicles contribute significantly to air pollution and climate change, but by tapping into renewable sources (RES), we can minimize these negative environmental impacts. While electric vehicles (EVs) are generally considered ‘greener’ than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, they are not entirely without negative impacts, even when integrating RES. A stumbling block and a key prerequisite for e-mobility – it’s all about batteries.

The manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries, which are commonly used in electric vehicles, involves mining and processing raw materials, some of them being critical. Battery production also requires a significant amount of energy, while effective recycling processes are still developing. Are we making any progress in addressing e-mobility challenges? E-mobility is hot, but is it green – or not?

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 14:30

“Green Financial Challenge 2.0”

This panel discussion brings together seasoned experts from top financial institutions and ESG thought leaders. These speakers are acclaimed for their extensive experience in green financing, from crafting innovative funding models for sustainable projects to integrating ESG strategies at the highest levels of financial decision-making.

We will examine the transformative role of banks and financial institutions in supporting the shift towards sustainable mobility. Our discussion will pivot around the financing of electric vehicles and the infrastructure for charging stations, probing how innovative lending policies can accelerate this transition. We’ll delve into the economic viability of micro-mobility solutions, questioning how financial models can underpin their expansion in urban landscapes. Central to our conversation will be the role of financial institutions in funding renewable energy sources and their associated storage systems, exploring how these investments can balance risk and reward. Finally, we’ll touch on the potential of banks as educational hubs, equipping clients with knowledge on financing options for greener choices, thus acting as catalysts for widespread environmental change.

14:45 - 15:45

“Low, zero, neutral…go!”

This discussion convenes top environmental strategists and urban development experts, focused on advancing sustainable, emission-free urban environments. Their collective expertise in green infrastructure and urban policy reform is pivotal in steering cities towards carbon neutrality.

When it comes to urban mobility, low-emission and zero-emission zones play crucial roles in creating cleaner and more sustainable urban environments, especially affecting air quality.

However, carbon i.e. climate-neutral cities and territories go beyond that, and address overall carbon emissions, which involves not only cleaner transportation but also sustainable practices in various sectors like energy, waste management, and building construction. What are the key challenges of planning and implementing low- and zero-emission zones in cities? What are the impacts and how to measure them? How many steps are there between simply reducing emissions and achieving climate neutrality? Where to start from?

This round table will gather various stakeholders from national, regional and local level, both public and private sector, discussing best practice, possible solutions and pathways to a net-zero future.

16:00 - 17:00

“Hydrogen Horizons: Empowering Europe for Sustainable Transport”

Discover the boundless potential of hydrogen in revolutionizing transport, paving the way for a greener, more sustainable future. 

Despite its captivating promise, embracing hydrogen in transportation demands a concerted effort to surmount hurdles like cost-effectiveness, infrastructure expansion, and refining the eco-friendliness of production methods. Delve into the prospects of hydrogen in Croatia: Who champions this cause?  Can strategic investments in infrastructure propel the hydrogen economy forward, unlocking opportunities for innovation and economic growth? What are the regions that lead the way for others joining the hydrogen revolution?

This session beckons those impassioned by empowering Central European regions to embrace hydrogen seamlessly into their energy blueprints, fostering a nexus of hydrogen-ready locales primed for knowledge exchange and best practices.

 Join us as we chart a course towards a more sustainable tomorrow, powered by the promise of green hydrogen!

19:00 - 21:30

Bird Incubator Eco-cocktail

Step into our Eco-cocktail evening to recharge in true eco-style. As we relax amidst sustainably-sourced delights, this is the perfect backdrop for sparking conversations and connections. Let’s celebrate our green journey with good company and a toast to the future of sustainability!

Time

Theme

10:00 - 11:00

"Micromobility for Newbies”

Exploring the gap between aspirations and realities of urban transport, this discussion delves into the integration of micromobility with public transport. It brings together experts and innovators to tackle the question of why promising urban mobility solutions often face delays and what underlying challenges impede their implementation.

Integrated Public Transport and Micromobility are among the most commonly used terms when it comes to city representatives giving public speeches related to urban transport challenges. But are they doing what it takes to achieve this mission? And why not? Ask them in this heartbreaking panel which will open Pandora’s box of urban mobility challenges where public sector experts will face entrepreneurs who already have the solutions which are still on hold due to lack of political will. Or is it something else? Let’s find out!

11:15 - 12:15

“Electric Ride Showdown: Unveiling the Titans”

In this electric encounter, we’ll be addressed by incredible experts and passionate advocates from leading car brands. They’ll dive into the heart of e-mobility, debating which brands are driving ahead in Europe and beyond, and dissecting their success across various market segments. Expect spirited discussions that go beyond technical prowess, shedding light on the evolving narrative of the electric vehicle industry.

Which car brand is the leader in e-mobility? In Europe? Worldwide? And which is the leader in which segment? And how is the situation developing?

Let our sponsors give their best arguments for the brands they represent as words speak louder than e-engines!

12:15 - 13:45

Lunch break

13:45 - 14:15

“Nextbike Polska”: Micro Mobility best practice

An insightful session with Nextbike Polska, a trailblazer in micro-mobility, where we’ll explore their journey as a case study in urban transport innovation. In this less formal setting, we’ll hear about the practicalities and successes of their widely used bike-sharing network. Discussions will revolve around Nextbike’s strategies in maintaining their leadership in the micro-mobility space, the real-world challenges they’ve faced, and the opportunities they’ve seized in expanding their services. This is an opportunity to learn how Nextbike Polska’s approach not only eases urban congestion but also advances green transportation, setting a precedent for sustainable urban mobility.

14:30 - 15:30

“E-mobility: Daily EV Life”

In this engaging discussion, experienced users of electric mobility, along with all its nuances, take the stage. They bring firsthand insights into the practical realities of using electric vehicles (EVs) daily. Our conversation will delve into the simplicity and complexities of driving an EV – how does it fit into the daily routines, and what are the planning intricacies for specific routes? We’ll explore questions like how far an average EV can travel daily, the frequency of charging needs, and the overall integration of EVs into everyday life. Beyond the logistics, this discussion aims to uncover the true joys and challenges of electric mobility: What are the most significant benefits it brings, and what stands as its biggest hurdles? Join us to hear directly from those who navigate the world of e-mobility every day, sharing their personal experiences and perspectives.

15:45 - 17:00

“Innovations on the move”

Join us in a dynamic segment where mobility startups from both the general public and the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerate to Move accelerator will showcase their latest innovations. These teams have been diligently developing their ideas, with some benefiting from months of guidance under expert mentors through the Accelerate to Move program. Be prepared to witness innovative solutions poised to transform the European mobility landscape. This event also offers a unique opportunity to explore practical, forward-thinking strategies designed to enhance transportation and accessibility. Join us for an insightful look into the future of movement and connect with pioneers leading the way.

09:00 - 18:00

EV Exhibition and Associated Program (charging stations and diverse equipment)

EV Exhibition and Associated Program (charging stations and diverse equipment)

09:00 - 18:00

Jarun Scooter drive and safe driving course

DJ SET

Organiser

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