ERS Conference 2019: Roundtable Discussions

The purpose of roundtable discussions is to stimulate and foster exchange and discussion among experts on special topics – without formal presentations and in an intentionally short time period.

Each roundtable is hosted by two experts who initiate the exchange with a short introduction, and moderate the discussion. Number of participants is limited to approximateky 20.


Hosted by Helena Andersson (Swedish Transport Administration) and Michael Lehmann (Fachhochschule Erfurt – University of Applied Sciences)

Technical standardization and regulation reduce uncertainties and support project deployments as well as interaction of actors and institutions. The discussion is based on a common understanding of ERS system definition, including both – their integral components and the socio-economic environment. In a next step participants inform each other on ongoing standardization activities and identify, discuss and prioritize future fields of cooperation.


Hosted by Kristin Kahl (Cantargo) and Tobias Bernecker (Hochschule Heilbronn – University of Applied Sciences)

Even if the implementation of ERS will have a major impact on the infrastructure and the energy market, the road transport market will probably not head for ERS automatically. Hence, the idea of the round table is to outline and discuss the key success factors of commercial ERS truck operations in order to create a „market pull“ scenario for ERS.

We also invite operators to join the roundtable to exchange about their experiences and expectations concerning ERS and/or ERS field test projects.

Road Administrations

Hosted by Hans Säll (NCC) and Achim Reußwig (Hessen Mobil)

The planning, procurement, operation and maintenance of ERS demonstration sites creates new challenges for road administrations/road services, for example regarding security and traffic control aspects. On this roundtable, we would like to invite experts to exchange on previous experiences but also current challenges and future prospects how to manage ERS, and how to integrate ERS into the daily business of road administrations/road services.

Public Awareness and Acceptance

Hosted by Uta Burghard (Fraunhofer ISI) and Henner Weithöner (Freelance Journalist)

We would like to exchange experiences and research findings on the social acceptance of ERS. In this context, we will consider the different stakeholders that are relevant for the diffusion of ERS (e.g. logistic companies, technology providers, political actors and authorities, but also residents and road users). In addition, measures to increase acceptance of ERS on the local but also on the societal level are discussed.

ERS: The first test tracks are in operation – which next steps have to follow?

Hosted by Stef Cornelis (Transport & Environment) and Florian Hacker (Öko-Institut)

The pressure to act in order to decarbonise road freight transport is high. At the same time, no technology has yet turned out to be a clear favorite, especially in long-haul freight transport. Technology testing of ERS on public roads at a small scale is underway, and in Sweden attempts are being made to test various ERS technologies in a next step at a larger scale. At the same time, freight transport is characterised by a high proportion of international traffic, which calls for early EU-wide harmonisation. Germany and Sweden seem to be leading the way but other Member States and Brussels need to follow if we want an EU-wide solution.

Against this background, this roundtable will discuss what possible next steps in the expansion of ERS could look like and which framework conditions would be necessary.

Roundtable hosts


Name: Helena Andersson, LL.M, Strategic planner, advisor on legal matters and financing Swedish Transport Administration

Biography: Helena Andersson holds an LL.M from the University of Uppsala, specialized in European law and Public procurement. She holds a position as Strategic Planner and advisor on legal matters on ERS in the Swedish Transport Administration. She has worked within the former Swedish Road Administration and in the Ministry of Transport with regulations on planning of roads and railways, infrastructure charges and financing.

Name: Michael Lehmann, Fachhochschule Erfurt – University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Economics, Logistics and Transportation, Professor for International Railway Systems

Biography: Michael Lehmann studied transport and traffic engineering at Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden) specializing in electric transport systems. From 2006 to 2009 he conducted research into railways with higher system voltages as a Siemens AG research stipend at the chair for Electric Railways at TU Dresden. In 2009 he joined Siemens as specialist for system design of railway power supplies; from 2010 on he concentrated on electric road systems with focus on R&D projects, system integration and standardization, and was nominated as Senior Engineer eHighway in 2013. Since May 2019 he is appointed professor for International Railway Systems at Fachhochschule Erfurt, Germany.

Operator’s perspectives

Name: Kristin Kahl, Contargo GmbH & Co. KG, New Business and Digitalization

Biography: As a member of the Contargo Sustainability Department I am managing the interaction of ecological, economic and social needs,  which have a major impact on our future development. Contargo’s primary goal is to be decarbonized by 2050. This can mainly be achieved through technical changes in the different modes of transport and in our activities at our inland terminals. Digitalization contributes significantly to this, but the digitization process must take place in a positive and smooth way for every employee within Contargo.

Name: Tobias Bernecker, Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, LOGWERT Institute, Academic Director

Biography: Tobias Bernecker is a full professor at Heilbronn University since 2011. He holds a Dr. rer. pol. from the University of Stuttgart. Before joining Heilbronn University, Tobias Bernecker has been working for the Ministry of Transport of Baden-Württemberg as an advisor. He is specialized in the field of transport policy and transport economics, especially in infrastructure development and financing strategies. Business and market modelling for ERS are main aspects of his current research.

Road administrations

Name: Achim Reusswig, Dr.-Ing. Hessen Mobil, Head of Department “Intelligent Traffic Systems”, Project Leader “ELISA – eHighway Hessen”

Biography: Since 2010 Hessen Mobil – Road and Traffic Management, currently responsible for the Traffic Control Center Hessen (Verkehrszentrale Hessen) and research activities of Cooperative, connected and automated mobility

Committee and task force member of the German Road and Transportation Research Association (FGSV)

Name: Hans Säll, Head of Business development at NCC Infrastructure

Biography: I’ve held a number of leading positions within NCC, which is the leading construction company in the Nordics, since 2001. It has mainly been in the areas of human resources, strategy, communication, marketing and business development. As educational background I have a degree in Master of Law. For the last ten years or so, I have been focusing on sustainable business development and Nordic business within asphalt, aggregates, road services and infra structure. This includes working with electric road systems and I’m currently Chairman of the Board and CEO of eRoadArlanda as well as part of the Steering committee of Västsvenska Elvägar, which is an ERS consortium in cooperation with Alstom and Volvo.

Public awareness and acceptance

Name: Uta Burghard, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Researcher and project leader

Biography: Studied Social Sciences with Psychology at the universities of Mannheim, Giessen and Brussels, specializing in Micro-sociology, Consulting and Advisory Services. Since January 2012 researcher in the Competence Center Energy Technology and Energy Systems at the Fraunhofer ISI. She finished her PhD at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg in summer 2016 on norms and guiding principles related to cars and electric mobility in families.

Name: Henner Weithöner, Freelance Journalist, Berlin

Biography: Henner Weithöner is a free-lance journalist based in Berlin. Amongst others he has been writing for, taz, Wiwo Green and the Climate News Network. As a tutor for advanced journalism training he has been working for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Institute for Journalism (IIJ ) and Deutsche Welle Akademie. Specialized in Environmental Reporting he conducted classes and workshops in Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Namibia, Uganda and Ukraine.

Henner Weithöner built up and hosted several E-Learnings titled “Reporting on Climate Change” ahead of UN Climate Summits, e.g. COP 21 in Paris in 2015.

ERS: The first test tracks are in operation – which next steps have to follow?

Name: Florian Hacker, Öko-Institut, Deputy Head Resources & Transport Division

Biography: Florian Hacker holds a degree in Geoecology and joined Öko-Institut in 2007. He is deputy head of the Resources & Transport Division. His research activities focus on technology assessment from different perspectives, the development of CO2 reduction strategies for the transport sector and the calculation of transport emissions. His special expertise lies in the examination of alternative propulsion technologies with a particular focus on electric mobility. He is currently project leader of several projects on the electrification of commercial vehicles, including battery-electric and ERS technology solutions.

Name: Stef Cornelis, Transport & Environment, Manager Clean Trucks

Biography: Stef joined T&E in March 2016 after three internships at the Belgian Embassy, Flanders Investment & Trade, both in Berlin, and a one year internship at PubAffairs Bruxelles. He joined T&E’s freight and climate team and works on cleaner trucks. Stef completed two master degrees in history and EU studies at the KU Leuven and Università Roma Tre.