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Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants International Meeting
26–29 August 2019  ·  Kyoto, Japan

Title Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants International Meeting
Dates 26 - 29 August 2019
Location Kyoto, Japan
Organised by JSAE and SAE International

The Paris Agreement, adopted at COP 21 in 2015, provides an international climate change framework that, over the long term, aims to hold the increase in global average temperatures to well below 2℃ above pre-Industrial Revolution levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to below 1.5℃.

In response to this agreement, a number of countries have announced plans to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles. Starting in northern Europe in 2016, this movement has led the United Kingdom and France to announce bans on selling such vehicles from 2040.

Many Japanese OEM automakers, meanwhile, have declared it as their goal to reduce automotive CO2 emissions 90% by 2050 in their environmental reports. Some also advocate aiming for zero emissions as a response to air pollution. All of these indicate that vehicle electrification, especially the shift to electric vehicles, is accelerating faster than we have so far expected.

However, while electric vehicles produce zero tank-to-wheel CO2 emissions, their well-to-wheel CO2 emissions still vary significantly depending on the energy mix in the power generation. There are also reports that, with further efficiency improvements, vehicles with internal combustion engines could be made to generate less well-to-wheel CO2 emissions than electric vehicles. It is time to discuss a technology road map for future automotive power sources.

Against this backdrop, the 2019 International Powertrains, Fuels, and Lubricants Meeting will look to the era of vehicle electrification, adopting the theme of a technology road map to lead toward zero emissions.

Keynote speeches (KS) and an executive panel session (EPS) will inspire the participants to envision the future of cars and other vehicles and their power sources from a broad, comprehensive perspective. KS will look at the wider global trends that will contribute to CO2 emission reductions toward 2050, followed by a further EPS where experts will discuss the three technological development paths of pure electric powertrains, hybrid powertrains, and fuels and lubricants with an eye to 2050.

Furthermore, technical workshops (TWS) will be held with discussions focusing on specific challenges that need to be addressed and overcome. Combined with industry expert presentations on the latest automotive and fuel technologies, the workshops will deepen and broaden attendee understanding of the challenges that we face.

Through these discussions, the meeting aims to contribute to the development of new and promising automotive and fuel technologies, envisaging the future of automobiles based on projections for meeting future goals that are more concrete and more comprehensive than we may have envisaged so far.


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