A Meeting in March to Apply Political Lessons to Technology
Clean Fuels Consulting is stepping up the promotion of its “Poli-techs” Critical Issues Workshop on gaseous fuel vehicles. The meeting is being held March 26-27 at the Le Chatelain Hotel in Brussels, Belgium. Westport Innovations and Clean Energy-IMW are principal sponsors.
CFC’s goal is to gather expert speakers to address a knowledgeable audience of gaseous fuel stakeholders – both natural gas and LPG-propane – including equipment manufacturers and suppliers, government policymakers, and regulators.
The meeting will cover the current regulatory state-of-play, existing gaps and the immediate pathway to fill the gaps, “thereby facilitating market development of natural gas and LPG vehicles as clean alternatives to petrol and diesel.”
“Developing good standards and regulations through such a political process is essential, rewarding, sometimes exciting, frequently frustrating, often mind-numbing in its complex procedures and generally slow and deliberate in its progress,” says CFC principal Jeffrey Seisler.
Poli-techs, he explains, is “a hybrid of politics and technology… a process whereby standards and regulations are developed based on best available technologies and best practices in the industry, created through ‘political’ consensus within and between both industry and government.”
A Small Exhibition Too
Such a process, he maintains, is necessary for sustained success. “While economics is the most important factor in selling AFVs and building the complimentary fueling infrastructures, standards and regulations are the stabilizing factors in commercialization.”
Poli-techs is the fifth in the series of CFC Critical Issues Workshops.
Creating a Standards & Regulatory Roadmap for Gaseous Fuel Vehicles is the meeting theme.
A small table-top exhibition will accompany the Poli-techs workshop, and CFC will follow up the late-March event with a strategic position paper summarizing the issues and conference discussion – with recommendations for further action.
Source: Clean Fuels Consulting with Fleets & Fuels follow-up