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ERTRAC — Result In Brief

Project ID: 506525
Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV
Country: Austria

Europe's transport vision for 2020 unveiled

From emissions reduction and accident prevention to novel technologies and better standards, Europe's new transport vision for 2020 promises an exciting, modernised transport sector in the near future.
Europe's transport vision for 2020 unveiled
Road and freight transport affect every aspect of Europe's citizens, such as getting to school, going to work, travelling and facilitating trade. The road transport sector also employs many people and powers the EU economy to a large extent. The EU-funded project Ertrac provided Europe with a vision and Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for the sector.

The project addressed many different topics on the subject, including mobility, infrastructure, environment, energy, safety, security, design and production systems. The first module titled Mobility, Transport and Infrastructure studied the need to provide for quick mobility of goods and people. It tackled high-priority issues related to road transport and citizens' needs, in addition to managing Europe's formidable road network.

While safety has improved substantially in the last 30 years, the section on safety and security worked on accident prevention, accident impact mitigation and road transport systems security. Other crucial issues tackled by the project included the reduction of vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the quest for more efficient energy use. This involved studying the impact of vehicles on communities, air quality and natural habitats as well.

In parallel, the design and production part of the project investigated new technologies to improve sustainability, quality of life and the transport sector's competitiveness. Project recommendations include modernising standards for accident prevention, design, maintenance, new fuels, powertrains and communication technologies among others. Adaptation of the legal framework to facilitate new public private partnerships (PPPs), services and technologies was also recommended.

Lastly the project pointed out that it is customers who ultimately decide on what technology to adopt, rather than engineers and policymakers. Apart from upcoming technologies, intensive research and studying consumer habits, joint efforts of individuals, companies and public bodies will all contribute to achieving the Ertrac vision for 2020.

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