After the three editions from Iasi, Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara, the “Caravan of Mobility”, an event launched in 2017 by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania, arrived in Sibiu this time; the event is organized with the support of the Sibiu Municipality.
This series of events aims at facilitating the discussions between the local authorities, companies and other involved parties, and creating a proper framework for the exchange of good practices and networking related to the mobility practices, as well as developing a continuous dialogue for identifying solutions for a mobility of the future: the connected car; the automatic driving; electrical mobility; urban mobility, digital services for mobility.
“After three editions of this event in Iasi, Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara, the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania (CCIFER) closes the series of conferences entitled ‘The Mobility of the Future’ in Sibiu. We are glad to be in Sibiu today, since it is a regional leader of the Southeastern Transylvania, with an ambitious sustainable development for 2023. In the presence of Mrs. Mayor Fodor, we made today an exchange of good practices in order to contribute to the sustainable development of the cities in which we are living, and to answer to the citizens’ and community’s needs, especially in terms of mobility” stated the CCIFER President, François Coste (photo), at the opening of the event.
“I am glad that Sibiu Municipality hosted this conference. Mobility has already become a major concern for the Sibiu Municipality, being a delicate topic and a problem that requires a very complex solution for any mayoralty from Romania or from abroad. Since 2017, Sibiu has an Urban Plan of Sustainable Mobility, the first one approved at the level of the Center Region. It establishes general directions for improving the mobility in our city. Based on it, we started planning and implementing investments and projects” stated the Mayor of Sibiu, Astrid Cora Fodor.
In the first part of the event, the presentations of the speakers were focused on the benefits of a low-emission mobility, as well as on accessing EU funds for a sustainable development of the cities we are living in.
“The continuous development of the electric vehicles is a priority axis of the Renault Group at the global level. In Romania, the electric vehicle market is still at an early stage, but it multiplies its volumes significantly, from one year to another. Renault is a pioneer in this field, offering 3 models that are 100% electric: Zoe (with 400-km autonomy, best in class), Kangoo Z.E. (the only 100% electric utility car) and Twizy (original, urban and fun)” stated Alexandru Vescu from Renault.
The change of the way in which mankind is moving started before our eyes, thus being used more and more often various types of electric vehicles. SCAME Ecomobility welcomes its clients with complete solutions for charging electrical vehicles, being positioned as an opinion maker in this field in the light of the experience gained during over 55 years of research and development” stated Petrisor Chircu from SCAME.
“Due to the spectacular development of Sibiu in the recent years, the need for an efficient infrastructure management plan on a long term is a necessity. Holcim Romania supports urban mobility with performant and sustainable solutions, BES60001 certified, which are environment-friendly. For instance, the permeable concrete is a solution for preventing floods in urban areas. The solutions consisting of street rehabilitation by recycling the existing resources decrease both the execution period and the carbon footprint. We also have the longest experience in Romania, more than 15 years, in successfully developing the road binder solutions. These are just a few of our solutions in order for Romania to build better” stated Alina Surducan from Holcim.
In addition, Adrian Fratean from ENGIE stated: “In the light of its powerful local status and international experience in sustainable urban mobility projects, ENGIE provides economical and environment-friendly solutions as an alternative to the conventional fuels. One of these products is the compressed natural gas for cars (GNCV) as a solution both for the public transportation companies and for the large fleet companies”.
“The final objective of the use of innovative technologies must consist of creating a positive impact on the people’s quality of living, the environmental protection and the sustainable development of the business sector and communities. The collaboration between the public and the private sector is essential both in terms of increasing the general level of awareness, adapting to new technologies, and in order to adopt efficient measures for supporting and stimulating the market” stated Carmen Dan from Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
The second part of the event highlighted the digital solutions that contribute to a more performant transportation system.
“Orange Romania understands to enrich and simplify people’s lives by building the services of the future together with its customers and by the company’s contribution in the transformation of the society. Without making a comprehensive enumeration, I mention some of the fields in which we invest in developing smart territories: Wi-Fi connectivity for people, education, administration, and energetic efficiency. These are just a few of the fields in which we bring the proper technology with the support of the central and local administrations” stated Catalin Rasturnoiu from Orange Romania.
“The transportation role of the car of the future will turn into a mobility role. The communication with the vehicle and the interpretation of the sent data are the basis of this transformation” stated Sorin Costea from Arval.