Trucks and buses are the backbone of economy and society. Without them, the world would come to a standstill. At the same time, commercial vehicle manufacturers have a great responsibility when it comes to their impact on climate change and their role in society as employers and corporate citizens.
In his monthly podcast 'Transportation Matters' Martin Daum, CEO of the global manufacturer Daimler Truck AG, invites prominent guests to discuss highly relevant topics ranging from the future of transportation to sustainability, leadership and ethical business, sometimes taking unexpected positions.
#03.02 | Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer – Carbon Pricing
In this episode, Martin Daum speaks with Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, Edenhofer is the director and chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He is also a professor for Economics of Climate Change at the Technische Universität Berlin and is considered one of the leading German climate economists. Together, they discuss the topic of carbon pricing as a measure to combat climate change.
In the beginning of this year Germany introduced a national emissions trading system for the heating and transport sectors. As of January 1st, carbon emissions due to fossil fuels have a fixed price of € 25 per tonne of CO2- which will increase to 55€ per tonne by 2025. Companies using fuels such as petrol, natural gas or coal must acquire corresponding certificates for emission allowances.
Martin Daum and Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer examine why carbon pricing is indispensable, which countries should urgently apply a similar system and how carbon neutral transport can be achieved.
#03.01 | Dr. Franz-Werner Haas – Successful innovations
Today, Martin Daum speaks with Dr. Franz-Werner Haas about successful innovations. Haas is the CEO of CureVac, a biotech company that creates messenger RNA based vaccines.
Take COVID 19 or, for that matter, climate change - global challenges require entirely new solutions. Often, it is a long way from the birth of an idea to its launch.
In their talk, Daum and Haas tackle vital questions: When is the right time for innovation? From product development to market launch- what does it take for an innovation to become a success? What specific challenges are innovative companies faced with?
#02.06 | Jeremy Rifkin – The future of hydrogen
In this episode, Martin Daum talks to Jeremy Rifkin. The US-economist, author and professor at the University of Pennsylvania is considered a visionary of the hydrogen economy. Daum and Rifkin exchange views about hydrogen as an energy source of the future and its significance for the transportation industry.
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe - and its potential for the mobility sector is almost as vast as outer space itself. As an energy carrier for fuel cell technology for instance, it plays a central role in Daimler‘s drive strategy. The advantages are obvious: zero emissions, long range and short refueling times.
Hydrogen can also be one answer to the issue of meeting climate change requirements.
Martin Daum and Jeremy Rifkin explore why the time for hydrogen energy has come, and examine how infrastructure has to evolve to fully utilize hydrogen´s potential.
Enjoy the final episode of this season.
#02.05 | Claudia Nemat – Digital transformation
In this episode, Martin Daum talks with Claudia Nemat about Digital transformation. Nemat is a board member of Deutsche Telekom and in charge of the Technology & Innovation department.
Few industries have, over the past 25 years, developed as rapidly as Telecommunications has. Needless to say that from early on, Digital Transformation has become a defining factor for success in enterprises such as Deutsche Telekom.
Digitalization has been changing all forms of our life, such as our economy, our consumer habits and our communication. Software has become the key component for a company's prosperity – in both the telecommunications field and in the automotive sector.
During this episode, Martin Daum and Claudia Nemat exchange views on how societies, businesses and individuals remain competitive. They discuss strengths and strategies for sustainable success and good leadership in the digital age. Enjoy!
#02.04 | Dr. Sigrid Nikutta – Future of freight transport (German)
In this episode Martin Daum meets with Dr. Sigrid Nikutta, CEO of DB Cargo AG and member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn. Both discuss the future of freight transport and the importance of transport by rail and on roads.
Transport volume is supposed to grow both in Europe and worldwide. In order to cope with the growth, efficient and sustainable road and rail modes are necessary. Thus, the two businesses - transport by rails and by roads - are facing similar challenges.
Martin Daum and Dr. Sigrid Nikutta talk about the similarities of both industries, how they can complement each other and how freight transport might develop in the future.
#02.03 | Nigel Topping – CO2-neutral transport
In this episode Martin Daum welcomes Nigel Topping who acts as the High Level Champion for Climate Action for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled for 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Five Years have passed since the Paris Accord. In 2015 the members of the United Nations agreed on regulations to limit global warming. The main goal was to keep the increase of the global average temperature well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels.
So in this episode Martin Daum and Nigel Topping talk about how climate action can actually be taken and how fast CO2 neutrality can be implemented to a cost sensitive industry like transportation. And also what a High Level Champion for Climate Action actually does. Enjoy!
(This episode was recorded before the implementation of social distancing and the restrictions to public life due to the coronavirus.)
Spannende Folgen und tolle Gespräche.
Gut gemachter Podcast. Informativ und unterhaltsam. Go Daimler! :-)