The city will host an international conference next week on the future of transport where experts will outline their visions for sustainable transport, with a specific focus on Cork as a “sustainable transport hub” where new technologies and transport initiatives could be tested.
And because energy use in transport is one of the biggest contributors to global warming, the conference will also hear calls for the fast-tracking of new solutions.
Details of the event were announced in the city yesterday.
Sean O’Sullivan, Dragons’ Den veteran and chief executive of car-pooling firm Carma, led calls for faster action on the issue.
“We can’t stand still and expect the situation to get better. This conference is about speeding up the efficiency and sustainability of our energy use,” he said.
The Cork Transport Alternatives 2022 conference, which will be opened by Minster for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney, will be addressed by Mr O’Sullivan, the head of the National Transport Authority, Gerry Murphy, and representatives from air, marine, electric and CNG transport sectors.
It will discuss a range of transport planning and policy issues, as well as innovations in vehicle technology, smart transport apps, public transport and sustainability measures in the transport sector.
It will hear Bord Gáis Networks project that up to 5% of the commercial truck market and 10% of the public bus market will be operating natural gas vehicles by 2024. It is hoped a large proportion of this fuel requirement can be met using biogas.
The free conference is being organised by Energy Cork, the energy sector cluster for the region, in conjunction with the EU Atlantic Area’s Batterie Project and the South West Regional Authority.
“The way we move around cities a decade from now will be very different, and by taking Cork as a transport model, we can project more energy efficient ways of using transport and lead the move towards a more sustainable future,” Energy Cork vice-chairman Donal Kissane said.
The conference in the Clarion Hotel on April 4 is free but places are limited. Register to attend on www.corktransport. eventbrite.ie.