THE NPM

National Platform Future of Mobility

The National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM) is the focal point for discussions on strategic decisions in the field of mobility. Changes in the mobility sector are accompanied by far-reaching technical, legal and social changes. For this reason, the NPM clarifies facts on complex topics and brings together relevant stakeholders, technical expertise and politics. Based on the results from discussion in the NPM, recommendations for action are made to politicians, businesses and society.

In a total of six working groups, experts from a wide range of disciplines address key developments in the transport sector. This includes the requirements for achieving the energy and climate goals of the Germany Federal Government, the potential and challenges in the field of electromobility and alternative drive technologies and fuels, the digitalisation of the transport sector, securing Germany as a place for mobility and production, linking the transport sector with the energy system and standardising technological components in the transport sector.

The working groups discuss possible technology-neutral options for action and formulate recommendations for action to the German Federal Government. The actors involved in the platform work independently and free of charge. The management and moderation of the platform are non-partisan and neutral.

The goals of the platform

The topics of the platform include developing sets of measures with reliable timelines. The aim is to recommend sets of measures that could together result in a work programme for the German Federal Government to shape a future-oriented, sustainable mobility system.

The overarching goals of the NPM are to:

  • Develop multi-modal and intermodal solutions for a largely greenhouse gas-neutral and environmentally friendly transport system
  • Ensure a competitive automotive industry and promote Germany as an employment location
  • Enable efficient, high-quality, flexible, safe and affordable mobility

The transport system should enable efficient, high-quality, flexible, available, safe, resilient and affordable mobility in both passenger and freight transport. The social, economic and technological drivers are always considered together as important processes of change for future mobility. The NPM accompanies the pursuit of the set goals as well as the implementation of concrete measures continuously and reports independently and neutrally on the progress achieved.

 

The formation of the NPM

The formation of the National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM) is based on the coalition agreement of CDU, CSU and SPD for the 19th legislative period. On September 19th, 2018, the Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer introduced the convening of this platform to the Federal Cabinet and decided there. The NPM started its work with the constituent steering committee meeting on September 26th, 2018.

The structure of the platform

Steering committee

The Steering Committee, alongside the working groups, provides the technical and content direction of the platform. The Steering Committee identifies new topics to be addressed in the platform and makes suggestions for their implementation. It also manages the content work of the working groups, monitors their implementation and advises on results. The recommendations for action from the NPM are made by the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee meets twice a year and as required.

Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann has assumed the role of chairman of the steering committee. Other members of the steering committee can be found in the following overview.

Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann

Nationale Plattform Zukunft der Mobilität
Chair of the Steering Committee

Guido Beermann

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur
State Secretary

Roland Bent

Deutsche Kommission Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik (DKE)
Chair of the DKE, Member of the DIN Executive Committee and Head of the WG 6

Achim Berg

Bitkom – Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e.V.
President

Jochen Flasbarth

Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit
State Secretary

Klaus Fröhlich

BMW AG
Director of Development and Head of the WG 3

Werner Gatzer

Bundesministerium der Finanzen
State Secretary

Leonie Gebers

Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales
State Secretary

Jörg Hofmann

IG Metall
First Chairman and Head of the WG 4

Stefan Kapferer

Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW)
CEO and Head of the WG 5

Prof. Dieter Kempf

Bundesverband der deutschen Industrie (BDI)
President

Prof. Dr. Raimund Klinkner

Deutsches Verkehrsforum e. V.
Chair of the Presidium

Prof. Dr. Barbara Lenz

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (DLR)
Head of the Institute for Transport Research and Head of the WG 2

Franz Loogen

e-mobil BW GmbH – Landesagentur für neue Mobilitätslösungen und Automotive Baden-Württemberg
General Manager and Head of the WG 1

Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
State Secretary

Dr. Richard Lutz

Deutsche Bahn AG
Chair of the Management Board

Dr. August Markl

Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobilclub (ADAC)
President

Bernhard Mattes

Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA)
President

Dr. Ulrich Nussbaum

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie
State Secretary

Anke Rehlinger

Verkehrsministerkonferenz (VMK)
Chair

Olaf Tschimpke

Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU)
President

Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber

acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften
Vice President

Advisory commission

The Advisory Commission is the interface between the NPM and the Federal Parliament. It informs the Parliament about the results of the platform and receives comments from the Parliament. The Advisory Commission communicates its assessment to the Steering Committee.

 

MdB Arno Klare (SPD)
Member of the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure

MdB Daniela Kluckert (FDP)
Deputy Chair of the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure

MdB Cem Özdemir (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen)
Chair of the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure

MdB Felix Schreiner (CDU)
Member of the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Guido Beermann

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur
State Secretary

Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann

Nationale Plattform Zukunft der Mobilität
Chair of the Steering Committee

Franz Loogen

e-mobil BW GmbH – Landesagentur für neue Mobilitätslösungen und Automotive Baden-Württemberg
Head of the WG 1

Prof. Dr. Barbara Lenz

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (DLR)
Head of the WG 2

Klaus Fröhlich

BMW AG
Head of the WG 3

Jörg Hofmann

IG Metall
Head of the WG 4

Stefan Kapferer

BDEW Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V. 
Head of the WG 5

Roland Bent

DKE Deutsche Kommission Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik in DIN und VDE
Head of the W6

How the Platform works

The platform’s content work takes place within the Working Groups. The Working Groups take up current and relevant trends and questions within their subject area, clarify facts on particularly complex aspects and develop concrete recommendations for action and packages of measures to shape the respective subject area.

The results of the Working Groups are presented to the Steering Committee by the Heads of the Working Groups and discussed there together with the results of the other Working Groups.

Platform coordination: the Secretariat

The NPM Secretariat organises and coordinates the Platform’s activities. It informs on the progress of cooperation and is the central contact for the private sector, public sector, civil society and media. The office is headed by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The implementation is managed by IFOK GmbH (the Project Office) and acatech (the Chairman’s Office).

The Project Office assumes the role of neutral platform management and coordinates the processes of the working group. It supports the heads of the working group as well as the responsible divisions from the BMVI (German Federal Ministry for Transportation and Digital Infrastructure), BMWi (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) and BMU (German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety) in the operational preparation, implementation and documentation of the meetings of the Steering Committee and Working Groups. In addition, it coordinates enquiries from the press to the Platform.

The Chairman’s Office is responsible for the consolidation and preparation of the working group results and advises the heads of the working groups as well as the responsible divisions of the BMVI, BMWi and BMU on the content.

Public information

The NPM regularly reports on its activities and documents the progress made within the focus topic areas. News on the NPM will be made available on the website: www.plattform-zukunft-mobilitaet.de

WG 1
Transport and climate change

WG 2
Alternative drive technologies and fuels for sustainable mobility

 

WG 3
Digitalisation in the mobility sector

 

WG 4
Securing Germany as a place for mobility, production, battery cell production, primary materials and recycling, training and qualification

 

WG 5
Connecting mobility and energy networks, sector integration

 

WG 6
Standardisation, certification and type approval