Questions and Answers

Frequently asked questions

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What is the National Platform Future of Mobility?

The National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM) is a body set up by the Federal Government to monitor and analyse current and future trends in the field of mobility. The NPM advises on necessary strategic decisions in the field of mobility and clarifies facts on complex and controversial topics. Based on this, concrete recommendations for action are made to politicians, industry, municipalities and society.

How was the NPM convened?

The establishment of the NPM is based on the coalition agreement of the German Federal Government and was decided upon by the German Federal Cabinet on 19 September 2018. WG 1 “Transport and Climate Change” constitutes the commission also named in the Coalition Agreement: “Future of Affordable and Sustainable Mobility”. The NPM began its work with the constituent meeting of the steering committee on 26 September 2018.

Why does the NPM include the Commission "Future of Sustainable and Affordable Mobility"?

The Commission “The Future of Sustainable and Affordable Mobility” develops recommendations for the German Federal Government on measures to achieve Germany’s climate goals for the transport sector by 2030. Since these recommendations have an influence on the entire transport sector, the Commission is integrated into the NPM as Working Group 1 “Transport and Climate Change”. This enables efficient coordination between the working groups.

What are the objectives of the NPM?

The aim of the NPM is to develop multi-modal and intermodal paths for a largely greenhouse gas-neutral and environmentally friendly transport system. The aim is to make passenger and freight transport an integral part of an efficient, high-quality, flexible, accessible, safe, resilient and affordable mobility system and to contribute to ensuring a competitive mobility economy and to promoting Germany as a centre for employment.

What are the tasks of the NPM?

In consideration of societal, economic and technological drivers, the NPM combines current and future trends in mobility with existing knowledge. In case of particularly complex topics, the NPM carries out a fact check backed by scientific expertise. In this way, the NPM sets priorities for a scientifically informed debate around a largely carbon neutral as well as socially and economically sustainable mobility system. Furthermore, the NPM monitors the pursuit of the set goals as well as the implementation of specific measures and reports on progress made to the Federal Government independently and objectively.

What is the structure of the NPM?

The NPM consists of six working groups which can set up sub-committees to address specific topics. The content-related work is coordinated by a Steering Committee which pulls together the results. A consulting commission acts as parliamentary interface. The six working groups focus on the following topic areas:

  • WG 1: Transport and climate change
  • WG 2: Sustainable mobility: alternative drive technologies and fuels
  • WG 3: Digitalisation, automated driving and new mobility concepts
  • WG 4: Securing Germany as a place for mobility and production, battery cell production, primary materials and recycling, training and qualification
  • WG 5: Sector integration (esp. connecting mobility and energy networks)
  • WG 6: Standardisation, norms, certification and type approval

How does the NPM work?

The Steering Committee appoints the working groups and tasks them with addressing their specific topic areas. The topic work is then carried out within the six working groups. These consist each of a head of WG plus approx. 15 further members who are chosen based on their subject matter expertise, in order to include relevant perspectives from business, academia and society.

The heads of the six working groups report their (interim) results to the Steering Committee which debates them in the wider context and provides concrete recommendations for action to politics, business and society. The Steering Committee’s members are representatives from trade, scientific, transport, environmental and consumer associations, trade unions as well as regional and local governments. Six federal ministries (Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) and Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)) are also represented in the Steering Committee.

Which topics are addressed by the NPM?

Working group 1 “Transport and climate change” focusses on drawing up measures to achieve the sector-specific climate goals by 2030. Through its further working groups, the NPM looks at technological, economic, social and ecological challenges and opportunities arising by 2030 and 2050 in the following areas: electromobility, alternative drive technologies and fuels (WG 2), digitalisation of the transport sector (WG 3), securing Germany as a place for mobility and production (WG 4), connecting mobility and energy networks (WG 5) and standardisation, norms, certification and type approval (WG 6).

How does the NPM incorporate existing knowledge of other bodies and initiatives?

The NPM makes sure that there is no unnecessary doubling up in its work. It creates interfaces to integrate relevant insights from other bodies, programmes and projects into the NPM in a relevant manner.

How are new aspects included in the NPM?

Approx. 100 institutions from business, academia and society are going to be involved in the Steering Committee and the working groups of the NPM. They monitor and analyse current and future trends in mobility and prepare them for the NPM’s work.

What are the timeframe and milestones for the NPM?

The NPM has been appointed as advisory body to the Federal Government until 2021. The Steering Committee convenes at least bi-annually and reports regularly on the latest (interim) results.

How does the NPM report on its results?

In addition to its PR work, the NPM is going to report continually on its progress via its website www.Plattform-Zukunft-Mobilitaet.de. The platform’s current developments are captured in its periodical newsletter and communicated via Twitter. The (interim) results are also presented at relevant trade fairs and congresses.