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The 2nd SKILLBILL Mobility Working Group recently took place, exploring the regulatory shifts necessary for fostering a supportive environment for sustainable mobility. Facilitated by Q-PLAN INTERNATIONAL and led by Johan Wideberg, the meeting focused on aligning industry needs with regulatory frameworks to ensure a smooth transition to sustainable transportation practices. The discussionn opened with an overview of existing initiatives aimed at developing renewable energy skills and emphasized the importance of creating a skilled workforce to support sustainable mobility. Participants identified regulatory adjustments needed to facilitate the widespread adoption of sustainable mobility technologies and practices, highlighting the necessity for a supportive and adaptable regulatory framework.

The meeting underscored the need for a holistic approach to sustainable mobility, addressing both immediate needs and long-term goals. Participants engaged in detailed discussions to identify higher-level solutions and co-created recommendations to tackle key challenges and opportunities in the sector. The recommendations were then prioritized using collaborative tools like Miro, ensuring a clear and actionable roadmap for advancing sustainable mobility initiatives.

Among the key recommendations were aligning training programs with industry needs to ensure the workforce is equipped with relevant skills for sustainable renewable mobility. National regulations to promote responsible electric vehicle use through incentives, integration of European regulations and awareness-raising measures were also emphasized. Specific suggestions included encouraging the installation of chargers in both private and public spaces and addressing cultural and behavioral resistance to change. Another significant recommendation was mandating that professional taxi fleets in cities like Thessaloniki and Athens transition to electric vehicles by January 2026, with potential expansion to other cities. This also involves redesigning urban planning to accommodate charging infrastructure and providing incentives for installing charging stations.

The discussions highlighted the importance of integrating national policies to enhance cooperation and efficiency. Standardized data-sharing platforms across EU countries were emphasized as a critical need, along with harmonizing regulations on data sharing, emissions and car sharing to create a cohesive framework supporting electric vehicles and sustainable mobility. Innovative incentives such as offering higher hotel ratings for having electric car charging slots and reducing municipal taxes for carpooling practices were recognized as vital in promoting the adoption of electric vehicles and the installation of charging infrastructure. The role of insurance policies in influencing the uptake of new mobility solutions was also discussed, with examples like Finland’s mandatory insurance for certain motorized devices underscoring the broader implications of policy measures on the mobility landscape.

The SKILLBILL Mobility Working Group meeting successfully identified key regulatory shifts and developed actionable recommendations to foster a supportive environment for sustainable mobility. The proactive attitude and strong willingness of participants to engage in these activities underscore the collaborative spirit driving SKILLBILL’s mission.

As we continue to advance sustainable mobility solutions, stay tuned for more updates and insights from our initiatives.