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Manifesto: Call for a successful transition to renewables in the transportation sector

Political course corrections, coupled with the alarming reports on climate conservation, have led the organizers behind Power2Drive Europe and other endorsers to initiate a manifesto. The aim is to deepen the close connection between e-mobility and renewable sources of energy and achieve a sustainable future. The smarter E Europe, the largest energy industry platform in Europe, will demonstrate the potential held by this combination of mobility and clean energy, and the pressing need to pay greater attention to sector coupling.

Some of the declaration’s first signatories include the German Federal Association for eMobility (BEM), the German Association of Energy Market Innovators (bne), the German Association for Solar Mobility (BSM), the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar), the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), the International Solar Energy Society, German Section (DGS) and the International Battery & Energy Storage Alliance (IBESA).

They are not only demanding a clear signal from politicians, but also a progressive approach by industry and members of the public. The manifesto includes seven recommendations to demonstrate why a close connection between e-mobility and renewable sources of energy is absolutely essential. The basis for a successful energy transition can only be established when politicians define clear parameters. The full manifesto is available here.

Statements from first signatories

Christian Heep, Vice-President of the German Federal Association for eMobility (BEM)

“The energy and mobility industries are natural partners, and the key technologies from the two sectors are becoming increasingly intertwined. The energy industry and political institutions should recognize the mobile storage capacities of e-mobility as an important factor in the energy transition and act accordingly. This new mobility will assist the smart grid of the future by contributing to grid stability during peaks in demand and it will improve the integration of renewable energies into the grid. It’s our responsibility as a society to ensure the success of the energy and mobility transition, but this will only happen if we join forces with strong partners and collaborate with all of the players and sectors involved. That is why we were among the first signatories of the manifesto – we want to put our weight behind this effort to finally persuade politicians and industry of the importance of the green economy, which is essential if we want to stay on track to achieve our sustainability goals.”

 

Robert Busch, CEO of the German Association of Energy Market Innovators (bne)

“The energy transition is first and foremost a CO2 transition. So e-mobility is replacing diesel and gasoline, but we can only really achieve our climate conservation objectives if the entire transportation sector also runs on renewable energies. This makes electric vehicles an essential factor in the crucial development of sector coupling. We need clear parameters for this, so that we can expand e-mobility, charging infrastructure and renewable energies more rapidly and more comprehensively than ever before. We at bne are delighted to be part of such a strong alliance and to support the manifesto being presented today, which shows how politicians, industry players and average citizens can work together to advance the transportation transition.”

 

Thomic Ruschmeyer, Chairman of the German Association for Solar Mobility (BSM)

“At BSM, we hope that committing to this joint manifesto will allow us to finally overcome the resistance we have been working to combat for almost 30 years, and take a crucial step forward in on the path to creating a true mobility transition. Emission-free mobility holds the promise to improve our daily lives, but first it requires more efficient vehicle concepts in general. Moreover, we particularly need to continue and intensify our work to develop renewable energies of all kinds and for all uses, so that it becomes truly possible to achieve our essential climate conservation objectives in the mobility sector, too.

 

Carsten Körnig, CEO of the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar)

“Electric vehicles can only become part of the transportation transition when they are powered by energy from renewable sources. We cannot expand e-mobility without expanding photovoltaics. For many people, e-mobility will only be an attractive alternative if they are able to charge their vehicles at home with clean, affordable power generated by their own rooftop installations.”

 

Hermann Albers, President of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE)

“Wind energy will be enormously important in the new energy world. An increasing number of applications will start and continue to rely on wind energy and renewable fuels, not just in the power market but in industry and commerce as well as in the heating, cooling and mobility sectors. E-mobility has to be powered by renewables – that’s the only way to make it carbon neutral.”

 

Dr. Götz Warnke, Chairman of the Sustainable Mobility Committee of the German Solar Energy Society (DGS)

“Renewable energies and e-mobility – it’s a natural combination which is finally coming together! And this doesn’t just apply to sector coupling, which is a crucial element of climate conservation policy and will soon see to the transportation sector becoming electrified and decarbonized. It also applies to the fact that electric vehicle buyers are increasingly purchasing a PV installation at the same time. There’s a growing recognition that solar energy is the most diverse and accessible way for individuals to generate their own power supply. And it makes no difference whether they install their own rooftop PV system, join a tenant power project, or set up a balcony module for their e-bike. The next major development is already underway – cars equipped with PV panels that generate power for their next trip while they’re sitting in the parking lot. The German Solar Energy Society saw early on in which direction the market was moving and has put its weight behind all significant projects which aim to achieve CO2-free mobility.”

 

Markus A. W. Hoehner, CEO of the International Battery & Energy Storage Alliance (IBESA)

“The International Battery & Energy Storage Alliance, IBESA, is the first international excellence network in the field of battery and energy storage systems which is dedicated to international, practically oriented knowledge sharing. We are convinced that an integrated approach is required for the energy transition and, as a crucial element of this, the mobility transition – and that energy storage technologies are the key to a sustainable and future-oriented energy supply. So we see it as our duty to educate people on how all of these elements are interconnected, and to leverage our global network and our expertise in market research so that we can help put businesses and other players in the position to take action. It is an honor for us to be among the signatories of this manifesto, to be a part of this joint effort to promote sector coupling in the energy sector and, above all, to drive the expansion of e-mobility.”