Nothing will ever be the same in people’s and company’s lives after the covid-19 pandemic. Mobility was the first sector to suffer a hard break, due to the mandatory confinement of million of people, and it will be the last one to go back to normality in full. In the meanwhile, the massive turn to smart working revealed that, after all, the new mobility will be more digital and that the “new normal” will have to go through new environmentally friendly transportation solutions. It’s not only a requirement of climate goals, but also nobody wants to go back to the urban pollution of the pre-covid era. What about public transportation? When will it go back to be appealing?
It’s in this context of big questions that the third edition of the Portugal Mobi Summit starts, an initiative by Global Media Group and EDP, that will take on until July a 100% digital face, for then to go on a physical stage for the international conference in October, at the Nova SBE in Carcavelos, just outside Lisbon. Until then, “we will have a series of online events, by the different brands of GMG, such as debates, webinars and interviews with renowned international guests, going over issues such as sustainable mobility, energetic and digital transition, the 5G, the IoT or the micro-mobility and the way urban ecosystem it’s being redesigned”, referred Afonso Camões, administrator of Global Media Group.
“It’s a project that affirms Portugal as the center of thought, research and development in the area of mobility at a global level” underlined the administrator, that attributed the success of past editions to solid partnerships. “First and foremost, EDP, which synergy with GMG has been decisive for the success of this event since its first edition in 2018”. Then, he continued, “for us it’s a sign of trust to keep our partnerships with Via Verda, Volkswagen, CeiiA and the Municipality of Cascais, with whom we have a signed protocol until 2021”.
We are going to talk about the future, at the same time that the future is knocking at out door, sooner than we expected. “A Future that depends, more than ever, on our efforts towards energetic transition, aligned with the big goals of fighting climate changes and sustainability, having also the capacity of creating jobs, mobilizing cooperation and generate innovation”, stated the executive director of EDP Comercial.
Vera Pinto Pereira guarantees that the company “it’s totally committed with this vision, underlining once more that it’s the only Portuguese company that subscribed the Green Recovery Alliance, defending a “green recovery” for the European economy”.
In this sense, she goes on “we will keep betting in electric mobility through the creation of a network of public and private electric charging stations” and “aligned with the goals of the European Commission, we want to actively contribute to the goal of having one million charging points by 2025”.
This is also the path that Volkswagen is taking, by maintaining the goal of electric mobility for all with zero emissions. “This area keeps opening new challenges, and in the current context, it became even more important to revisit this concept and even paradigms that yesterday where true and today aren’t. For VW, individual mobility assumes in the “new normal” an even more important role and it deserves to be debated” observes the general director of Volkswagen. By strengthening its partnerships with Portugal Mobi Summit” the brand finds in it a laboratory that it’s ever more credible, and an event that – for its relevance and professionalism – has been gaining prominence, and gathering the major specialists”, stated Licínio Almeida.
Also Vasco de Mello, President of Brisa’s Administrative Council, sees mobility as a “critical factor of economic growth and social development that will have an even more decisive role in the huge challenge that the crisis provoked by the pandemic puts to our resilience”.
Cascais, as host municipality and smart city, “knows that everything starts with mobility. This is the vision of our executive, replicated in MobiCascais, the one-system of integrated mobility,” reminds us the president of the Administrative Council of Cascais. “We not only united all the means of transportation in one app in a pioneering way, but we also offer free mobility to all residents, students and workers” exemplifies Miguel Casaca. “We want to be in the forefront and PMS is the ideal stage to share experiences and find collaborations” stated.