With travel, retail, work and just about every corner of everyday life disrupted due to coronavirus around most of the world, there’s a growing movement pointing out that everything doesn’t have to go back to ‘normal’, with opportunities to improve the way things are normally done.
Pundits and associations – including the World Economic Forum – have pointed to plummeting air pollution levels as all but essential travel is largely banned and working from home has become the norm (while noting that thousands of jobs have been lost in the process).
Air pollution kills more than four million people every year and the European Space Agency’s Copernicus network has measured significant drops in nitrogen dioxide between March-April 2019 and mid-April 2020. Nitrogen dioxide levels dropped 55% in Paris, while Rome, Milan and Madrid have all seen reductions of around 50% (reports Space.com).
Cycling Industries Europe is picking up the theme of a green Covid-19 recovery in its forthcoming CIE 2020 Summit. Hosted virtually on Tuesday 28 April, the summit will place the spotlight on fulfilling the European Green Deal Objectives, with cycling at the forefront. The CIE event will bring together experts from the cycling industry as well as key Brussels stakeholders.
Keynote speakers, including Paul Lee, Head of Research for the TMT industry at Deloitte, will show how, highlighting the role of industry, technology and cycling. Two expert panels, with both EU and industry experts, including Herman Van Beveren from Decathlon and Raymond Gense from PON, will respectively:
1. create a vision for post-coronavirus cities where cycling is at the center of mobility and
2. look at how cycling innovations can pave the way towards the transition to greener and more sustainable mobility, and how this matches investor needs.
Event registration here.