Sunday, July 3

Sustainable recovery of mobility

If this pandemic has made something clear to us in terms of mobility, it is that in the future our trips will be carbon neutral or they will not be. We face a great challenge that will force us to change our transportation habits and to integrate them into a new model of decarbonized mobility. Technified and interconnected infrastructures and vehicles. Sustainable energy generation sources on our roads. Electrolineras throughout the entire network to supply the electric car. And an endless number of technological elements to improve the safety of our trips (in search of zero accidents) and decarbonize them (in search of zero emissions).

We are talking about a future, not so distant, in which the Spanish Executive is currently working. And works on the definition of a new mobility model which, without a doubt, must be sustainable from an environmental, social and economic point of view. A model that must have the participation, effort and involvement of all political, economic and social agents, but that, without a doubt, it will need a strong investment impulse that must be born, as is already happening in other countries of the European Union, from public-private collaboration.

The next year 2022 will be decisive for the construction of a new mobility, with a model that, as the Executive has already announced, understands and contemplates that the polluter pays and that it will be extended to the entire Spanish high-capacity network. With this premise, it is of the utmost importance that we achieve build fair, green, well-structured and connected mobility that allows us to comply with the European Green Deal and that promotes, from mobility, an inclusive, modern and progressive society.

From the private sector we extend our hand to the Administration to build together this fair, homogeneous and sustainable model and give we offer our expertise y know how to adapt our infrastructures, one of the best in Europe, to the challenge of decarbonisation. We must ensure the necessary investments to preserve, improve, extend and digitize our road network and thus respond to the great challenges we face. Challenges to guarantee the Necessary investment in R + D + i to technify the entire network and adapt it, for example, to the connected and electric car, as our French neighbors are already doing with the implementation of a network of electric stations on their high-capacity roads by 2023 thanks to public-private collaboration. But before taking on all these challenges, we must ensure the recuperation of security in many of our infrastructures. Spain accumulates a conservation deficit of 8,000 million euros in its road network. Investments in conservation and maintenance of bridges, tunnels and roads are necessary, and it is necessary, for the safety of the people who pass through these infrastructures, to undertake these investments in the short term.

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The next year we are about to enter is the year of mobility. The year of the definition of a sustainable, unified and clear model for the entire country that ensures decarbonized and decongested mobility aligned with that of our European neighbors. We have the tools and the ability to face this great challenge. Let us collaborate together, public and private actors, and become a world benchmark in sustainable and connected mobility.

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