On Thursday 22 June 2023, the third edition of the New Energy Forum took place, the event for (prospective) energy and mobility professionals, from student to CEO. No less than 1.375 visitors were able to gain knowledge of pioneering initiatives in the energy and mobility transition. The New Energy Forum is a joint initiative of EnTranCe, New Energy Coalition and Hive.Mobility.
A jam-packed program was put together around the theme of ‘Breaking Barriers’, with inspiring speakers, topical discussions, demonstrations, games and presentations. The keynotes were provided by, among others, Kees Vendrik (chairman of the National Climate Platform), Jessica den Outer (UN expert in natural rights), Dr. Reint Jan Renes (behavioral scientist and lecturer in Psychology for a Sustainable City at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and Florian Dirkse (co-founder The Ocean Cleanup).
Visitors could also follow a complete mobility track with interesting keynotes and presentations about the future of mobility and accessibility. Floor Milikowski, journalist and social geographer, talked about the accessibility of regions and what is needed to put mobility and accessibility back at the center of policy and political choices. Jasper Visser, sustainability program manager at BAM Infra Nederland, sought interaction with visitors to jointly explore new ways of working together to build a more sustainable future. Tjebbe Nabuurs (Nabuurs) and Sjouke van der Vlugt (Municipality of Groningen) shared their plans for a hub for sustainable city logistics in Groningen. Meiltje de Groot, director of Groningen Airport Eelde, concluded with an insight into the airport’s projects and partnerships to improve sustainability.
See and experience
In addition to the parts where visitors could listen or participate in the discussion, there was plenty to see and experience during the ongoing demonstrations, such as the world’s first hydrogen-powered GPU from Groningen Airport Eelde, which was recently launched, the world’s first electric asphalt spreading machine from BAM Infra NL and the newest solar car of the Top Dutch Solar Race team. There were innovative demonstrations by regional secondary vocational education students, visitors could play serious games or take a look at the hydrogen square for the latest innovations.
Do you want to relive this afternoon? Look below for a photo impression and the aftermovie.