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Coordinated by Q-PLAN International, the Mobility Working Group (WG) under the SKILLBILL joint initiative, along with the rest three working groups is dedicated to address key developments and challenges in the decarbonization of the mobility sector.

Mission and Objectives — The Mobility Working Group, in collaboration with three other groups, has the task of effectively decarbonising the mobility sector and driving innovation in the field of renewable energies. This is to be achieved by developing skills for sustainable renewable energy and mobility technologies, recommending regulatory changes for a favourable transition environment, formulating guidelines for educational programmes and identifying the necessary skills required for current and future jobs in the renewable energy sector. In particular, the group aims to inform the industry about future needs for renewable mobility, make suggestions to policy makers for regulatory improvements and align technological progress with educational requirements.

Lighthouse Expert — Professor Johan Wideberg is at the head of the mobility working group. He holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lund, Sweden, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Seville. Has four years of experience in multinational companies specialising in research and development, followed by 25 years at the University of Seville, where he was a key contributor to the Transport Engineering and Infrastructure Group. He is currently Deputy Director of the School of Engineering at the University of Seville and plays a key role as principal investigator in various national plan projects and privately funded initiatives.

1st Meeting Highlights — The 1st meeting, held on 27.11.23, concluded with a summary of the most important points for the SKILLBILL project.

The main highlights from the 1st meeting are focused on:

  • Emphasising the need for cooperation between governments and businesses to promote environmentally friendly practises through incentives such as tax breaks and aligning national laws with EU directives;
  • Aiming to urban planning that emphasises mixed-use areas, efficient public transport and compliance with EU directives;
  • Recognising soft skills in engineering alongside additional training in AI and renewable energy;
  • Considering the role of local regulations in promoting sustainability and integrating mobility plans with other sectors;
  • Supporting technological advances such as intelligent transport systems;
  • Advocating for gender equality in the workforce and education reform.

Overall, the meeting demonstrated active engagement, enthusiasm in proposing future topics and fostered a positive, collaborative atmosphere.
As a result, the goals were successfully achieved and a productive tone was set for future sustainable mobility initiatives.

While the Mobility 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.