IRF Director General, Susanna Zammataro, at SWARCO Innovation Talk

IRF Director General, Susanna Zammataro, at SWARCO Innovation Talk

As part of the Swarco Innovation Hub’s initiative, a “Swarco Innovation Talk” took place on 1st July 2021 with the objective to gather experts from different fields for an opinion exchange on the topic. IRF Director General Susanna Zammataro participated in the talk themed “How do we get around in 2035?” alongside other eminent speakers such as Fabio Nussio (Rome Mobility Agency), Prof. Mailer (Rome Mobility Agency), and Christoph Stögerer (SWARCO). 

The expert talk dealt with cooperative, connected and automated mobility (CCAM), roads that are read by vehicles, micromobility and e-mobility, public transport and mobility in more liveable cities.

“We need to start doing things differently, we have not fully embraced the power of technology” said Ms Zammataro kicking off the conversation around the challenges to overcome to make mobility more sustainable and environmentally friendly. 

When asked about the greatest potential to influence traffic and travelling for the better, Ms Zammataro highlighted the impact of digitalisation in increasing transport efficiency, making transport more attractive and user-friendly, as well as the importance of data sharing in this regard.

“Adopting and mainstreaming digitalisation and new technologies, such as advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, will be a game-changer for the industry”

IRF Director General, Ms Susanna Zammataro

Electromobility is often considered as a potential solution to making mobility more sustainable. To this regard, Ms Zammataro stressed that while electric mobility is an essential component of a broader transformation of the transport sector, e-mobility is more than just electric cars. “Simply replacing the current ICE cars with electric cars will not allow us to meet the climate targets nor address pressing problems like congestion, safety, affordability. Transforming mobility requires a balanced use of the Avoid-Shift-Improve strategies” she added.

On the subject of the implementation of self-driving cars, Ms Zammataro highlighted IRF’s Manifesto “Cooperative, Connected and Autonomous Mobility (CAMC)” done in collaboration with ASECAPERF, and other partners from the US, China, and Australia – and whose aim is to define the position of the IRF’s CCAM Committee on autonomous and connected mobility’s role, vision, and challenges. 

The event concluded with a Q&A session.  

Watch the recording of this SWARCO Innovation Talk: 

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Liesbeth CasierSenior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


Liesbeth Casier is a Senior Policy Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She works with the Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance team on research and advisory services that involve innovation in public procurement. She also works on IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation. Liesbeth has advised governments in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Morocco, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa and the Netherlands.
 
Liesbeth also works extensively with the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on policy frameworks and the business case for sustainable infrastructure. She represents IISD at the OECD Working Group on Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement.
  
Liesbeth previously worked with UN Environment and started her career as consultant in auditing and corporate finance with a family-owned consultancy business in Belgium. Liesbeth has an academic background in political science and law.