Is it sufficient to electrify road vehicles to achieve the global goals of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions?

date: 10.12.2018

category: Sporočila za javnost

 

Ljubljana, 15 November 2018 - A period of changes in road transport has begun, and the pace of changes and their diversity will only increase in the future. Changes that affect people's habits are difficult to accept, therefore they should be rational and beneficial to all of us. Do we see the big picture and are we ready to accept changes?

The key development challenges in the road transport sector of the future were revealed by prof. Tomaž Katrašnik, PhD, Head of the Laboratory for Internal Combustion Engines and Electromobility at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. At the lecture, he presented, to professional public and representatives on the state and local authorities in the field of road transport and environmental impacts as well as to wider audience, a cluster of explanations in the area of the objectives for changes in road transport, the capabilities of various vehicle powertrain technologies and necessary activities and changes that are a prerequisite for a successful transition. With a holistic view on the forthcoming challenges, he has put in the forefront the citizens with their own needs, habits and abilities.

While relying on research areas such as batteries, fuel cells and advanced combustion processes, as well as alternative fuels, to which prof. Tomaž Katrašnik, PhD, is professionally engaged, he offered an answer to the initial question: How will we drive to see a show in the Cankarjev dom in 2030, but, at the same time, he has raised many challenges for a cleaner tomorrow.

As Prof. Tomaž Katrašnik, PhD, sums up: "The future of road transport is certainly electrified. However, it is very wrong to think that the set goals for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved only through an intensive electrification of road vehicles. Electrification of road vehicles only enables the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, if the global energy sector is defossilised and, consequently, the actual emissions due to use, production, and decommissioning of vehicles are reduced. And even this is not enough, as there is also an economic constraint, and therefore, in order to achieve the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the consumption of energy per unit of transported people and cargo needs to be reduced, which requires an intensive introduction of multimodality and related activities in the field of infrastructure and logistics. All serious strategies therefore rely on a system approach, which is the only approach that makes it possible to achieve goals. It is worth noting that changes at the system level will also change our travel habits - are we ready? "  

 

About prof. Tomaž Katrašnik, PhD

Prof. Tomaž Katrašnik, PhD is Head of the Laboratory for Internal Combustion Engines and Electromobility and a Vice-Dean R&D and International Cooperation at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. His fields of research include: batteries, fuel cells and advanced combustion processes, and alternative fuels. From 2016, he is the President of the Advisory board of the Slovene Strategic and innovation partnership Mobility and the Leader of the Sustainable energy pillar of the Slovene Strategic and innovation partnership Circular economy. Professor Katrašnik participates in many domestic and international projects, one of which is OBELICS, where, in cooperation with 18 top academics, research, and industrial partners from the EU, they develop new methods and simulation tools for the development of more efficient and safer electric vehicles.

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