Mobility Portal, Spain
Date: September 28, 2023
Inés Platini
By Inés Platini

Moneo (GMC): “It is essential to develop transformative eMobility projects”

During his participation in the "Personalidades" interview series on Portal Movilidad España, David Moneo, Director of IFEMA Mobility, provides insights into the Global Mobility Call (GMC) and calls for action in the eMobility sector.
David Moneo, Director of IFEMA Mobility, during his participation in the "Personalidades" interview series.
David Moneo, Director of IFEMA Mobility, during his participation in the "Personalidades" interview series.

A few weeks before the start of a new edition of the Global Mobility Call (GMC), the event organizers are calling upon the electric mobility sector to take action.

During his participation in the “Personalidades” interview series, David Moneo, Director of IFEMA Mobility, emphasizes the importance of taking concrete actions.

We need transformative eMobility projects to be set in motion. It’s time to take action,” he asserts.

Furthermore, he underscores the current paramount importance of focusing on the development of new renewable energy sources.

“The energy aspect is pivotal for progressing towards electric mobility,” he affirms.

For this reason, he insists that it’s not only important to install charging points but also to reinforce the electrical infrastructure.

Additionally, he highlights the necessity for charging stations to be Smart Grid-enabled, meaning they integrate an intelligent network that provides information to both users and operators.

At this point, he anticipates that major energy companies in the sector will participate in the Global Mobility Call scheduled to take place in Madrid from the 24th to the 26th of October.

Prominent among them are Iberdrola, EDP, and Cepsa.

GMC: The most anticipated event in the sector

The GMC is a strategic event aimed at positioning Spain as an international hub for sustainable mobility.

This international congress is organized by IFEMA Madrid and Smobhub, and it is driven by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda.

It is in collaboration with the Ministries of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Industry, Commerce, and Tourism, the Autonomous Community of Madrid, and the City of Madrid.

Global Mobility Call
Previous edition of GMC

Moneo reveals that they are close to finalizing the program due to the significant interest from sponsors joining this year.

“We’ve almost had to put up the ‘sold out’ sign because we no longer have enough slots,” explains the Director.

Once again, the event will have two areas.

On one hand, the GMC Congress will bring together prominent experts from institutional and corporate sectors across various international industries.

Eight thematic itineraries will be addressed:

  • Energy Transition towards Net-Zero.
  • Mobility Solutions for Citizens.
  • Sustainable Transport.
  • Smart and Livable Cities.
  • From Automotive to Mobility Services.
  • Technology and Innovation.
  • Talent and Future Jobs.
  • Better Business for Economic Development.

On the other hand, the GMC Expo will serve as a space designed to connect stakeholders in sustainable mobility, foster opportunities, and create new business models.

Moreover, the GMC will host part of the official mobility agenda of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

This includes three meetings organized by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda of Spain, where representatives from all 27 EU countries will gather.

Among the topics to be addressed, special emphasis will be placed on road safety and rural mobility.

In this way, GMC 2023 will be the venue for three major events on the official mobility agenda: the Technical Conference on Mobility in Rural Areas; a meeting of the PEP Partnership on Active Mobility; and a last meeting on European Corridors in Spain 360: Atlantic Corridor and Mediterranean Corridor.

Thus, the agenda comprises approximately 150 slots and 300 speakers.

To achieve an international character, Moneo highlights that 50% of the attendees come from outside Spain.

“In this edition, we have significantly strengthened the European presence by doubling the number of companies compared to the previous year,” he details.

More About David Moneo

David Moneo, Director of the Mobility Division at IFEMA.

Before joining IFEMA, Moneo worked as an executive at Citroën Spain.

In the early 2000s, he was tasked with the responsibility of marketing electric vehicles, becoming one of the first in Spain to do so.

“At a time when the electric car was virtually unknown, we were already introducing it to the market,” he emphasizes.

In 2008, he began working in the renewable energy sector, specifically in photovoltaics.

Upon joining IFEMA, he brought his expertise in both areas: traditional automotive and renewable energy.

In this regard, Moneo insists that the GMC is a “unique event” in this field.

“Those who wish to be part of the sustainable mobility world must not miss this event. I hope that in this second edition, significant progress will be made,” he concludes.

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