Shell supports the European Mobility Week with The Future of Transportation Forum

Forum on topic “Future of Mobility” involved business people, representatives of the institutions, the NGO sector and academics in a discussion about the sustainable transportation. The event was organized by Shell Bulgaria and is part of the official program of the European Mobility Week 2019. The deputy minister of environment and water Krasimir Zhivkov was a special guest of the forum.

A discussion, focused on growing demand for energy and transport, the evolving needs of consumers and society and the practices and innovations, leading to reducing the negative impact on environment and improving the quality of life with a strong focus on the cities was held during the forum. The participants expressed different points of view about the future of mobility, shared good practices that are also applicable in Bulgaria and together sought effective solutions to the existing problems. Elitsa Panayotova, coordinator of “Green Sofia” project, commented that in order to achieve a cleaner environment in Sofia, it was necessary to rely on more models of shared mobility and gave as an example the electric scooters and cars that are already available in the capital. According to Boyan Rashev, managing partner of denkstatt Bulgaria, people will not give up using cars and the energy consumption will continue growing. He forecast that in the near future there would be some changes in the energy mix, as oil wouldn’t dominate and LNG would have a much more important role in the transport. The founder of the platform measuring the air quality Stefan Dimitrov said that the city was a place for shared living, so travelling had to be shared, too. In his point of view, the electric mobility needs to happen today. Dimitrov emphasized on the fact that in the long term the improved vehicles would become cheaper. Blagoy Burdin, representative of the Bulgarian Academy of Science, commented that the most effective direction for the transport development in the near future was electrified rail and trolleybus transport. He added that the second most efficient option was electric car batteries, followed by hydrogen and synthetic fuels.

During the discussion, Shell’s approach how to reach the target for net-zero emissions and for more sustainable transportation were presented. On a global level, the company has a long-term strategy for providing more and cleaner energy solutions and for decreasing its net carbon footprint which includes focus on its operations but as well on the emissions generated by our customers when they use our energy products. Shell develops new transport energy options which include sustainable biofuels, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen and electric vehicle charging.

Shell believes that there is a need for increased access to a choice of recharging options that meet the diverse needs of customers – chargers at home, at office and high-powered fast chargers at highways. In Bulgaria 10 Shell retail stations are equipped with fast chargers and we have a plan to extend the network of the fast charging stations at Shell stations in cooperation with our partner Eldrive. Shell is actively working on promoting LNG as an alternative fuel to Diesel for the heavy-duty vehicles among the transportation companies in Bulgaria, as its mass use will have a significant positive impact on decreasing the greenhouse emissions and on improving the air quality.

 “As a leading energy company, it is of key importance for Shell to use its experience, resources and good international practices for seeking more sustainable solutions for the transport. We are glad that with the forum, focused on the future of mobility, we put on the public agenda some important issues and gave a clear sign that the responsibility for solving serious problems should be shared between the institutions, the business and the whole society”, commented Kamelia Slaveykova, CEO of Shell Bulgaria.

Kameliya Slaveykova, CEO, Shell Bulgaria on the stage during the Future of Mobility Forum, Sep, 19, 2019, Sofia

During “Future of Mobility” forum, this year’s participants inShell Eco-marathon were presented. This is one of the most successful Shell’s global initiatives that gives high school and university students from all over the world the opportunity to design, construct and compete with the most energy efficient vehicles. Bulgaria has been participating in the competition for 12 years now and in 2019 it was represented by Technical University – Sofia, Professional Agriculture, Forestry and Tourism High School “N. Y. Vaptsarov” in Chepelare, Professional Mechanical Engineering and Electronics High Scholl in Burgas and the teams “Avtomobilist” and HydRU from Ruse University “Angel Kanchev”. The guests of the forum had the chance to meet the Bulgarian participants in Shell Eco-marathon and to learn more about the vehicles they had constructed using hydrogen and electric battery. The teams received special awards by the Ministry of Environment and water, presented to them by the deputy minister Krasimir Zhivkov. Some of the cars made short demonstrations that arouse a huge interest among the audience.