The “Consensus Building Workshop” of the project Mobility4EU was held on 24 October 2017 in Brussels, together with external experts. It forms the final step within the structured stakeholder consultation process, the Multi-Actor-Multi-Criteria Analysis (MAMCA) that is embedded in the project. Further information on the MAMCA can be found on the project website: http://www.mobility4eu.eu/mamca-methodology/.

The preceding steps of the MAMCA were the qualitative evaluation of the impact of the scenarios on the stakeholders’ criteria by international experts and the ranking of the scenarios according to the stakeholder‘s preferences during the MAMCA process. At the Consensus Building Workshop the outcome of the evaluation process was now presented to and discussed with the stakeholders.

The workshop had the following structure:

The workshop was opened by Gereon Meyer (VDI/VDE-IT), who welcomed partners and external experts. Then Beate Müller (VDI/VDE-IT) shortly summarised the project work so far, to provide orientation for the external experts. Imre Keseru (VUB) followed with a short explanation of the MAMCA process and a detailed presentation of the results of the scenario evaluation.

The MAMCA evaluation highlighted the preferences of the stakeholder groups towards two conflicting scenarios: Digital Nomads and Minimum Carbon. While the Digital Nomads scenario is characterized by individualistic mobility and increasing travel demand, the Minimum Carbon scenario is based on shared resources and decarbonisation. At the end, Imre Keseru (VUB) outlined the solutions included in each of the preferred scenarios and emphasized the objective of the interactive work in the workshop. An agreement of the stakeholder groups between the solutions need to be found that leads to one final scenario. Sandra Wappelhorst (ICCT) gave a short presentation focusing on which low-carbon road transport policies have a significant potential for achieving the target of a 30% reduction in road transport GHG emissions until 2030.

Interactive group sessions

To allow a target-oriented discussion the workshop participants were divided into three groups of 9 – 10 members led by a moderator. Within these groups the representatives of the different stakeholder groups discussed the synergies and conflicts between the two most preferred scenarios from their point of view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The group work was structured in two steps:

  1. The stakeholders selected the solutions that are in their opinion not suitable for the final scenario because:
  • they are contradictory to other measures;
  • they are not realistic in the 2030 timescale;
  • they are already advanced today and do not need further policy support.
  1. Discussion of the final selection of solutions led by the following questions:
  • What are the elements of the scenarios that conflict with the stakeholders’ interests?
  • How can the scenarios be adjusted to appeal to all participating stakeholders?

The outcomes of the discussions were noted and pinned on the poster boards. During the discussion, stakeholders felt comfortable with the merging of the two scenarios, to be undertaken with consideration to compromises that serve both.

Conclusion session

Within the conclusions the three group moderators showed the discussion outcomes to the audience and the participants commented on the different findings. In a final note, Yves Stans (Osborne Clarke) gave an assessment of the discussions towards the merged scenarios from the legal viewpoint. At the end of the workshop, Imre Keseru and Beate Müller gave an outlook on next steps toward the action plan. The remarks from the interactive work to create a final consensus scenario will be taken into account to formulate the final conclusions of the MAMCA process. This will be published within the final MAMCA report.

Read the complete handout here…