THURSDAY 26 MAY
THE REALITY OF THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY AND THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR IN THE 2022 ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONTEXT
To highlight the contributions of the automobile industry and the automotive industry to the fields of economic, social and technological innovation, knowledge development and freedom of human beings (European and worldwide context): investments, production, distribution and value chain, wealth and job creation, taxation and contribution to the public purse, R&D+i, etc.
1.1 THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: DRIVER OF GLOBAL GROWTH AND PROSPERITY
The automotive industry, one of Europe’s and the World’s leading creators of jobs and wealth, is undergoing an especially turbulent time stemming from several factors that have led to reduced sales, increased costs and an uncertain future. Comprehensive vision, historical outlook and diagnosis of the current reality of the automobile industry from an analytical and independent standpoint.
1.2 THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY AT THE CROSSROADS OF 2022
How the automotive industry has adapted from an economic and social standpoint (turnover, jobs generated, innovation) from the early 2000s to the present day, how it has sidestepped the various crises in which it has been immersed and how it prepares to progress toward new production and consumption models all while retaining dynamism and competitiveness.
1.3 REAL CONTRIBUTION OF THE AUTOMOTIVE MARKET TO THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY
Automobile manufacturers, chiefly groups originating from Europe, have conducted business operations that have influenced industry and the global economy. What the real contribution of the automotive market and the mobility industry to the European is. How public administrations address the industry’s future challenges.
HORIZON 2030–2050: CHALLENGES, CONSEQUENCES AND REAL IMPACTS
A time horizon of compulsory compliance is promoted internationally that requires the adaptation of production and demand. Thus, major challenges and new opportunities emerge, shifting the paradigm, not only of the automotive industry, but of many other interconnected sectors (energy, telecommunications, insurance and financial industry, public administrations, etc.) The impact that a disorderly transition to a new mobility model can have on the economy and social development at regional and global levels.
2.1 CONCLUSIONS OF CLIMATE SUMMITS FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
Climate summits drive global commitments affecting various sectors, very significantly including the mobility and automotive industry. What are the commitments made by the various stakeholders who have participated in the recent climate summits and how do they affect mobility, the automotive industry and the end user?
2.2 BRINGING THE CONCLUSIONS OF CLIMATE SUMMITS INTO EUROPEAN REGULATIONS
Much of European and global legislation is driven by the recommendations of influential organisations and institutions, such as the UN itself or the Davos Forum. What are the criteria for incorporating the conclusions of climate summits at European level and what goals serve as a guide for the European Union in adopting emission reduction measures in the field of decarbonisation?
2.3 THE COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY FROM A REGIONAL AND LOCAL PERSPECTIVE
In 2019, the European Green Deal was presented, which plays a key role as the EU’s growth strategy for achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Local and regional authorities are ultimately responsible for implementing and managing these strategies and should promote the development of efficient and sustainable mobility in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal.
THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK: SMART MOBILITY AND SMART REGULATION
The regulator is a major player in outlining the new mobility ecosystem. The user and the industry are undergoing a process of regulatory uncertainty and must steer the evolution towards a new, more modern and efficient model, by driving the production fabric’s adaptation to new models that foster and encourage the renewal of automobiles.
3.1 THE MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY OF REGULATING THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY
Mobility and the automotive industry are immersed in ongoing legislative and operational changes, both from governments and manufacturers, whereby the user is the final link in the chain. The strategy followed by the transnational legislator to propose and adopt the rules that will be applicable in the field of mobility, and which must be transposed into various societies with their respective uses and customs.
3.2 ADAPTING THE INDUSTRY TO THE REGULATORY SCHEDULE: NEED FOR COORDINATED REGULATION
The transposition of international criteria into the legislation of various countries occasionally means that the manufacturers themselves are unable to take on the regulatory schedule, which could result in fines and sanctions. What strategy and measures is the industry taking to adapt to foreseen legislative changes in the medium and long term? How do you achieve regulation that is workable and acceptable by the industry?
3.3 FROM INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS TO LOCAL REGULATION AND THE URBAN
The international authorities inspire debate, propose and formulate legislation which —regionally and locally— will have to adapt to the reality of the environment closest to citizens as users of mobility. What is the path of supranational commitments affecting the automotive and new mobility industry, ranging from adoption of such commitments by the EU authorities to their final application locally and in the urban environment?
ENERGIES THAT DRIVE EVOLUTION AND DEVELOPMENT
Gasoline, diesel, natural gas, hydrogen and electricity are energy sources that coexist in the current panorama of mobility. Manufacturers, producers, distributors and consumers are living together in a scenario with many unknowns that have to be cleared up in order to meet the goals established in climate summits: future challenges of the energy sector, how the energy industry is supporting the automotive industry or how these policies affect users.
4.1 FOSSIL FUELS AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY – POSSIBLE HARMONY?
The automotive industry started out on its journey with “electric vehicles”. Shortly after, fossil fuels began to take the limelight, and today they have become a major warhorse issue between industry, governments, and environmental organisations. What policies are being pursued by energy multinationals to accompany the automotive industry transformation and what is their capacity to fulfil the expected energy transition deadlines?
4.2. ELECTROMOBILITY: CURRENT AND FUTURE REALITY
The current state of electric generation, distribution and storage technologies, the real possibilities of deploying the necessary recharging infrastructures in urban and interurban environments, as well as the forecasts regarding the reuse and recycling of batteries, may entail restrictions to the development plans for electric mobility promoted by Public Administrations at a global level.
4.3 TECHNOLOGICAL NEUTRALITY: ALTERNATIVES TO THE ELECTROMOBILITY
Synthetic fuels, green hydrogen, biofuels, gas and other propulsion systems coexist with electric technologies in the transition to more sustainable and efficient mobility. What solutions are being tested by manufacturers and which alternative will enable efficient supplies to meet the challenges of zero emissions.
FROM RACES TO THE END USER: A CONSTANTLY DEVELOPING PATHWAY
Manufacturers, petrochemical companies, energy companies and other automotive-related industries use competitions, not only as an advertising showcase, but as a major test bench for technologies and products in order to subsequently bring them to the market and the end consumer. Competitions such as Formula 1 and MotoGP are a good example of this and, like the sector’s other players, they are committed to the demands of new mobility.
5.1 COMPETITIONS AS A SHOWCASE FOR SOCIAL MESSAGES
Motor sport and social values are two components that always go hand in hand. The launch of accident prevention campaigns, such as FIA Action for Road Safety and #PonteunAirbag, for the use of air-bag jackets, as well as iniciatives such a FIA Action for Environment and FIM Environmental Code, are some of the most significant and widespread campaigns intended for the general public. How do major sports promoters onboard sustainability and development goals into their agendas and future projects?
5.2 FORMULA 1 AND ITS INFLUENCE ON THE TRADITIONAL MARKET
Since its inception, professional motor racing has benefited from the key involvement, participation and contribution of manufacturers and the auxiliary industry. Championships such as Formula 1 or DTM series are examples of the automotive industry’s participation in sports development and as an innovation test bench. Safety, reliability and technology are the aspects that are worked on most on track to subsequently bring them to market. Will this continue to be the case in the new eco-mobility environment?
5.3 MOTOGP: FROM THE TRACK TO THE END USER
As in car racing, motorbike competitions such as MotoGP or Superbikes have become major laboratories for companies in the automotive industry, auxiliary companies and other interconnected sectors that seek perfection in their products —through engineering teams and professional racers— before bringing them to the end user. How do environmental commitments and new trends in mobility affect motorcycle racing?