- Working with partners in China to promote the use of sound science to guide technology development as we enable the transition to a more sustainable transport future.
Shanghai, China, December 9th, 2019 – The need for robust scientific methods to inform the development of effective transport policies emerged as a key theme in the recently concluded 8th International Symposium on Future Automobile Engines in Shanghai, China. As corporate partners, Aramco Asia and Toyota Motor Beijing, co-sponsored the workshop, which was held on the 7th and 8th of December 2019, and hosted by one of the top engineering universities in China, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The workshop was attended by about 100 participants representing government entities, prominent researchers from China, Japan and the United States, as well as leading manufacturers of passenger and commercial vehicles.
This is a timely workshop as the transport sector is now at a critical juncture, especially as decision makers weigh the technological options for the future. In his opening speech, the Vice President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Professor Dr. Huang Zhen, said, “Transport technologies are rapidly evolving, and they should be allowed to compete on a level playing field for the market to decide. It is time that life cycle assessment enters a new phase of policy-relevant guidance as we enable a sustainable transport future.”