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The Mobility Working Group (WG), coordinated by Q-PLAN International, along with the rest three working groups, is dedicated to addressing key developments and challenges in the decarbonization of the fuels sector. This group focuses on providing knowledge and expertise to bridge skill gaps and labour market shortages in the field of fuels. Engaging with stakeholders from academia, industry, decision-makers, and civil society, the Fuels WG aims to develop concrete solutions that enhance awareness and education levels. Its interdisciplinary team works to improve skills necessary for fostering future-proof labour markets and shaping policies that bridge gender gaps. Towards this aim, 9 experts in the field of renewable and bio – fuels are engaged.

Mission and Objectives – The mission of the Fuels WG, and of the rest three working groups, is to drive the effective decarbonization of the fuels sector and the deployment of renewable energy innovations. To this purpose Fuels WG shares important information with industries about what they’ll need in the future for developing cleaner transportation systems; gives suggestions to policymakers on making better rules for a greener future and turns the latest tech advancements into new education and training requirements, ensuring everyone stays up-to-date with the latest developments.

Lighthouse Expert Mr. Esa Toukoniitty is at the leading position of Fuels Working Group. With a background in Chemical Engineering, he’s a Senior Lecturer at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and an Adjunct Professor known for his pioneering work in circular economy and renewable energy projects. Esa’s expertise is the key-tool of his dual role as an educator and a passionate researcher in the transformative fields of technology and natural science.

1st Meeting Highlights – The first meeting of Fuels Working Groups was held on 24.11.2023, including rich discussion and brainstorming sessions on the Fuels topic along with a co-creation session of prioritized recommendations.

The main highlights from the 1st meeting are:

  • Conducting workshops for officials, training on renewable fuels’ importance, and meeting politicians to stress their usefulness.
  • Aiming for higher expertise across the value chain, exploring diverse applications, and encouraging specialized courses in agronomy, biology, and economics.
  • Boosting research for underdeveloped biofuels like DME and biomethanol.
  • Providing support to university programs focused on renewable fuels projects.
  • Offering funding to NGOs with expertise for impactful programs.
  • Increasing social acceptability of renewable fuels.
  • Raising safety awareness through school programs.
  • Reducing bureaucracy for building renewable fuel plants.
  • Subsidizing vehicles powered by renewable fuel.
  • Ensuring a sustainable raw material supply for some sustainable fuels.
  • Creating initiatives using H2O vapors from dehydration processes.

Overall, the first meeting successfully established a passionate WG, provided a platform that where ideas could be freely shared and identified solutions to enhance the transition to a better and broader use of renewable heat.

While the Fuels WG has successfully completed its tasks, we look forward to continued collaboration and progress through semestrial online meetings, mobilization and mutual learning workshops, and a plenary meeting scheduled for the coming months.

Stay tuned for further updates as the project unfolds and future WGs contribute to the renewable energy transition.