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Against the backdrop of climate change and decarbonisation objectives, the basic infrastructures – transport, energy and water – need to become more sustainable over the course of their entire lifecycles, from design to building, maintenance, operations and eventual decommissioning. Digitalisation, of course, will have a key role to play in advancing this objective, for example by optimising capacity utilisation, thus reducing needs for physical infrastructure expansion.

While rendering infrastructures climate-proof will take different forms across the various network industries all of them will have to confront a set of critical questions pertaining to regulatory policy, financing and taxation, among others. In view of this, the FSR Sustainability Conference will tackle these questions in respect to transport, energy and water infrastructures.


This two-day conference will take place in hybrid form with the following structure:

  • DAY 1 (28th April 2022): 15-20 of the selected papers will be presented online addressing the above-mentioned questions pertaining to the regulatory, financing and taxation policies and measures that aim at decarbonising the basic infrastructures either alone or preferably in a systemic way, linking theory and practice. Attendance to the first day of the conference will be open to the public. The best papers, selected by the Scientific Committee, will qualify for publication in CRNI as 3-4- special issues.
  • Day 2 (29th April 2022): A Florence Forum will be held, hosting the main FSR partners and high-level officials from the European Commission with inputs from selected academics who will present their proposals to the policy makers and the industry representatives. The Forum will be under Chatham house rules whereas participation will be by invitation only.

Target audience

This new FSR Conference will bring together academics (in particular Junior Professors and Postdocs), high-level practitioners (mostly from the FSR donor community), and European Commission officials (in particular representing DG MOVE, CLIMA, ENER, and TAXUD).

Call for abstracts

In the context of the annual FSR sustainability conference, we are calling for abstracts (and later papers) on the broad topic of ”Greening infrastructures”. Papers can cover the decarbonisation of the transport, the energy and the water infrastructures separately or combined and focus on policy and regulatory measures furthering their decarbonisation against the backdrop of rapid climate change. The context is of course the European Green Deal, and the recently published ‘Fit for 55’ Package, with which the Commission seeks to make the EU’s climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Papers should also take into account the various digitalisation efforts, as well corresponding policies linking digitalisation and decarbonisation.

Contributions utilising multidisciplinary, as well as interdisciplinary approaches are very welcome. Papers, linking academia and practice, as well as policy research papers, are particularly encouraged.

The conference is intended for academics such as PhD students, PostDocs and Assistant/associate/full Professors, as well as academically minded practitioners.

Conference timeline

  • Submission of the abstract by October 15th, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance by November 11th, 2021
  • Submission of the full paper by March 31st, 2022; participants who fail to submit a full paper by this deadline will be automatically removed from the programme;
  • Conference on 28th-29th April 2022 in hybrid form (Florence, Italy, and Zoom).

The best papers will qualify for fast-track publication in the Journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, and their authors will be invited to a discussion Forum with representatives of the European Commission.

Submission of the abstract

  • Step 1: Download the Obligatory Abstracts Submission Template
  • Step 2: Fill in all required fields: Introduction and Purpose of the Study; Research Design and Expected Results; Keywords. Please pay attention to the word limit!
  • Step 3: Fill in the registration form online and enclose the submission template (see Step 2).

For any issues regarding the submission, please contact Ms Teodora Serafimova at FSR.Transport@eui.eu

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